International model Erin McNaught buys $2.8 million Paddington home

International model Erin McNaught buys $2.8 million Paddington home
International model Erin McNaught buys $2.8 million Paddington home

International model Erin McNaught and her DJ husband Example have snapped up a Queensland stunner, as they bid farewell to London to re-connect with family.

The couple have secured a uber-modern home in her home town costing $2.8 million. It was on the market for just a day, having taken two years to build.

It is in Brisbane's inner city Paddington, not far from Kenmore when McNaught went to school.

Her parents, Andy and Lindy, live in neighbouring Milton and Example's parents live on the Gold Coast, and his sister in Sydney.

McNaught has been settling in to life in Brisbane, and the move into the new home late last month.

Since the new year she's visited the Koala's at Australia Zoo and she's been frequenting the Sanctuary Cove Country Club for some workouts.

She says the weather's a bit different than in London.

"Tried to cool off by lying on some tiles," she wrote to her 177,000 Instagram followers.

"They were lukewarm which is still colder than scalding, which is what everything else in Australia seems to be right now." 

When flying home for Christmas, McNaught, accompanying a picture on a plane with her youngest son Ennio, captioned the photo "Home. (Note to self: NEVER LEAVE)"

The Canberra-born model has been married to the London-born Example, whose real name is Elliot Gleave, for six years. The pair met in 2011 when Erin interviewed Example for MTV Australia, some five years after her crowning as Miss Universe Australia.

They wed near Ballina, outside of Byron Bay in 2013 and honeymooned at Bora Bora.

The move back was foreshadowed as long back as 2012 when McNaught told the Daily Telegraph they wanted to move to Australia in 'a year or two.'

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In 2014 Example tweeted of plans to move to Australia by 2018 at the latest.

More recently McNaught confirmed the family, now with two young boys Evander and Ennio, would be back despite describing London as an amazing city.

It was having children that McNaught realised it was time to come home as everything is so much more accessible.

At one point she tried to book her boys into swimming lessons, but there was a four-month waiting list.

The home, dubbed The Russet House due to its copper and russet toned finishes, was designed and built by the in demand pairing of Tim Stewart Architects and Graya Construction, who have penned their names to some of Queensland's most contemporary houses in recent times.

The home was sold by Rob Gray, one of the brothers who make up Graya Constructions.

Gray and wife Meghan paid $986,000 for the modest 1920s home before its complete two year rebuild.

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The Russet House spans four levels and has five bedrooms, four bathrooms, an underground four-car garage and a number of outdoor decks, including a rooftop viewing terrace, with views of the city.

The loft-style mezzanine on the second level overlooks the open-plan kitchen.

In the 445 sqm grounds is a swimming pool.

The home was sold quietly by Ray White New Farm agents Matt Lancashire and Josh Brown.

This article was first published in the Saturday Daily Telegraph.  

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