Villa Gusto: Buckland retreat where Katy Perry stayed sells for record amount
A luxurious regional Victorian retreat where pop star Katy Perry stayed before her bushfire relief concert has sold for a record amount.
Villa Gusto in Buckland, near Bright, sold on Monday for an “undisclosed” sum understood to be within the $3m-$3.5m range it hit the market for in late December.
Castran Real Estate’s John Castran would not confirm the exact amount the 630 Buckland Valley Road property sold for, but said it was a record for the region.
Industry sources told Property Confidential the sale was believed to be in the middle realm of the asking price guide.
The sale would have surpassed Buckland’s previous record holder — a 16.09ha property at 116 McCormacks Lane, now a B&B, which sold for $2.2m in 2018, CoreLogic records show.
The Tuscan-inspired retreat has been home to vendors Ben and Kirsten Edwards for eight years after purchasing the property for $1.25m, according to CoreLogic.
The pair rented out four hotel rooms and three villas at the boutique property for holiday makers, including Perry and her entourage, who they exclusively hosted in March 2020 before her surprise concert raising funds for the state’s bushfire relief fund.
Last year, Mr Edwards told the Herald Sun they “really enjoyed hosting her, especially given all the wonderful things she did for the local community”.
The nine-bedroom villa features a swimming pool, immaculate gardens and commercial kitchen.
It was being marketed as the “ideal property if you have been looking for a family retreat”.
The property is surrounded by vineyards, overlooks the Alpine hinterland and is about an hour’s drive to Falls Creek, Mount Hotham and Dinner Plain.
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