Christina Guidotti’s Santorini-inspired pad leads the way in luxury, writes Alex Tilbury
SOME locals who live in Auchenflower know it as “the flower”.
Christina Guidotti’s home at 92 Hume St, Auchenflower, sits in the heart of the “flower”.
Her home has always been a special place as it is where her business as one of Australia’s leading experts on success, belief, conviction and commitment was created and blossomed.
Ms Guidotti is a prolific author who wrote How to Have It All in 2012 which has many practical productivity tips, followed by 2014’s True Believers – a bestseller about building sustainable tribes of true believers through the power of conviction and commitment.
Her third book, Sell It Like You Mean It, about mastering “conviction selling” will be published this year.
“I did a lot of writing in this north-facing study, it’s very quiet. It’s a perfectly peaceful and tranquil setting,” Ms Guidotti said.
For more than 25 years, Ms Guidotti has walked her own extraordinary path as a mum and business leader with extensive sales, leadership, productivity and mindset expertise.
Four years ago, she founded her Leading Women business which runs a series of transformational programs and events that are aimed at energising women from all walks of life to achieve lasting success and empowerment.
Her architecturallydesigned, five-bedroom home at Auchenflower is being marketed by Ray White New Farm sales dynamo Christine Rudolph.
Ms Rudolph considers Ms Guidotti a lifelong friend and mentor, who was in fact the first boss in real estate many years ago. In a perfect circle-oflife story, Ms Rudolph was one of the first people Ms Guidotti sought advice from about the block of land on Hume St when she found it back in 2001.
“My husband Alberto and I had been looking for a prime block of land in 2006 and we found it here. I remembering showing it to Christine then – she was always in my network,” Ms Guidotti said.
“We didn’t build on it for a few years as we were working on designs with our architect Simon Greenhalgh and everyone has commented on the architecture.
“We wanted all the living up one end, with the formal and casual up one end, and we wanted the sleeping and quiet pavilion at the other end. That is where I wrote all my books.
“It’s so quiet and tucked away here but we are only one street away from Birdwood Tce. I meditate in the courtyard in the mornings, it’s so lovely.
“I say my gratitude piece, and my values and having this house as my sanctuary makes me grateful.
“It’s easy to exercise around here and there’s so many lovely coffee shops around.
“All these decks here all face northeast, and I love the sun and lapping up the vitamin D.
“To get the elevation here, it required a lot of engineering to get this home out of the ground, especially with the pool and the spa. I insisted on the spa on the top deck.
“We deliberately designed it so you can capitalise on the view. I fought hard for the spa on the deck, I wanted to be able to sit on the deck and soak in the view, in the water.
“It’s the closest thing I can get to Santorini.”
The view from the top storey of Ms Guidotti’s magazine-style home takes in the mosaic of Auchenflower rooftops reaching out to the CBD.
The interior is very neutral with white walls ( just like Santorini) and blackbutt timber flooring, with deep mirrors to create an illusion of more space.
“The thing that is unique about this property is that it’s got a four-car garage. My husband Alberto is into his toys and has VWs and motorbikes, so it’s great if you need extra space,” Ms Guidotti said.
Under the concrete floor in the garage is a 70,000-litre water tank that captures water off the roof which runs the toilets and the washing machine, making this a sustainable house.
The gourmet kitchen features a backlit Onyx island bench, a suite of Miele appliances, walk-in pantry, Corian bench tops, wine fridge and abundant storage in softclose cabinetry.
Ms Rudolph said this home would make a perfect inner city sanctuary for a busy executive family.
“It’s been beautifully inspired by Santorini,” she said.
“As a keynote speaker Christina is a standout … and her home is so elegant, what an honour it is to market it.”