A romantic riverside retreat for Cate & Andrew: Couple buy weekender

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Hollywood superstar Cate Blanchett and husband Andrew Upton have swapped the usual glamour of the Hollywood Hills and snapped up a little piece of paradise on the Hawksbury River in northern Sydney.

It’s no surprise the creative pair have opted for a rather unusual location as their new weekend hideaway from the prying eyes of the paparazzi.

Word got out in August that the twice-Academy award winning actress and her playwright husband had purchased the stunning three floor wooden property which backs onto beautiful bushland.

Local agent John Moxham told the Sydney Morning Herald ‘there’s not a lot of bling down here’.

Mr Moxham would not reveal the identity of the new occupiers but also told the SMH ‘whenever anyone moves here or even if they’re just renting, we all know about it very quickly’.

With only 150 homes built in the secluded location sources say word was rife in August when the famous pair signed the contracts that a pair of celebrities might be the new residents.

The home the Lord of the Rings star Blanchett and Upton have bought has a one bedroom self contained unit on the bottom floor.

The second and third floor consist of three bedrooms, living and dining rooms that have spectacular waterfront views with a timber stainless-steel kitchen perfect for entertaining guests.

To add to the luxury the home comes with a spa, sauna, pontoon and terraced gardens and trees which surround the property.

The house will be a perfect getaway for Blanchett and Upton, who met in 1996 and later married in 1997, and their three sons Dashiell John born in 2001, Roman Robert born in 2004 and Ignatius Martin born in 2008.

The couple initially lived in Brighton, England, in the early 2000s but made the move back to Australia because they wanted to be closer to family and make a permanent base for their growing family.

A couple of the local gems Blanchett and Upton might sample include the Berowra Waters Inn restaurant and Berowra Waters Fish Cafe.

A resident who didn’t want to be named said: ‘The beautiful location is tucked away from prying eyes and will give the family the chance to be normal.’

Blanchett and Upton bought the home from Elizabeth Gaines, a non-executive director of Fortescue Metals and chief executive of travel retailer Halloworld, according to the SMH.

Although estate agents would not reveal the identity of the new owners Mr Moxham confirmed to the SMH that the home was bought in the name of a company of which the sole director is Andrew Upton.

Berowra Waters is located 40 kilometres north of Sydney’s CBD and can be accessed within an hours drive.

Daily Mail Australia approached Mr Moxham for comment and is yet to receive a reply.


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