Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Ananda Krishnan's Multimillion Dollar House.

Malaysian tycoon T. Ananda Krishnan's stunning new multimillion dollar Kia Ora homestead near the rural town of Scone, about 330km from Sydney, is to be entered in the Australian House of the Year contest after recently winning the prestigious 2006 Housing Industry Association Hunter Home of the Year Award.

Kia Ora means "Welcome" in the Maori language.

The house, with its large open plan and modern design impressed Hunter Home Award judges who described it as "sensational and practical" at the presentation of awards in Newcastle, about 120km from Scone. The award-winning house commands stunning views of the historic Kia Ora Stud in the coveted Segenhoe Valley, in the Hunter Valley District.

Ananda is believed to have acquired the 1,800-hectare property about three years ago. The house, designed by Paul Berkemeier, will now be entered in the Australian House of the Year contest which will be decided in Sydney on May 12.

Scone builder Jeff Towler, who spent more than two years building the homestead which features ingenious use of local materials, said it was by far the most challenging project he had worked on. "It was so difficult because of the incredible attention to detail required, and that is what really sets it apart from other houses," Towler said.

The house has a large open deck space, a heated swimming pool, two fireplaces, beautifully landscaped gardens with stunning native plants, and breathtaking views from all sections of the house. Towler said it was a pleasure to work for Ananda who knew exactly what he wanted and set high standards.

The Segenhoe Valley, where Kia Ora Stud is situated, is renowned for producing thoroughbreds and Kia Ora has, for over 80 years, produced some of the best in Australia. A programme of pasture development implemented under Ananda's ownership has optimised the potential of this outstanding horse property.

-- BERNAMA

***** Am posting this bit of trivia as it's been a very very busy day and am hard-pressed for time.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least for Ananda Krishnan it's okay for him to possess such a house, as it's pretty transparent where he got his money to build the house from. Not so for shady politicians, who supposedly do not get millions in income, yet can build houses that range in such amounts.

VK

1:17 PM GMT+8  
Blogger The Malaysian. said...

You know VK, I was wondering when exactly such a comment will come in and sure enough it did. Of course you're absolutely right in your opinion. No one can grudge him his palace, unlike our 'Rajas' in the Klang Municipal Council.

1:37 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Anfield Faithful said...

Proud to be an Indian .. and to see one being at the centre of attraction at international level ... at least for the right reason!

I hope more and more ppl of our community use this as an eye opener and move forward like the Chinese. Working with perseverence, persistence and supporting each other is the only way up. Honesty keeps u there!

2:28 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder whether he was some sort of a Barisan Nasional crony, considering most of his wealth generated from the Maxis, Astro & satellite (monopolised licence) kind of business?? Same like YTL & Berjaya Chinese cronies?

2:03 PM GMT+8  
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