Wollongong developer Ken Tugrul surprised his horse-loving wife Kellie in 2003 with a picturesque Mount Kembla property set on 5.76 hectares.
Before the purchase, the couple had been living in a normal-sized residential home and Mrs Tugrul had been driving each morning and afternoon to land in Dapto where she kept her horses.
"Her dream had always been to have her horses in the backyard," he said.
The Mount Kembla home, at 227 Cordeaux Road, took Mr Tugrul two years to transform into a 1454-square-metre mansion.
Mr Tugrul demolished the existing house, then designed and built a new luxury home with the help of his building company TDK Corporation Pty Ltd.
"Her first reaction when she saw the property was to hug me, tight," Mr Tugrul said.
Mrs Tugrul owns paint horses, a coloured breed, and the property is named Painted Hills in their honour.
Yet the couple have put their home on the market with plans to move to another property with larger acreage and design and build another home.
"We have sort of outgrown this property," Mr Tugrul said.
"We've got 15 acres yet my wife requires a bit more land so we are going to go to a bigger property.
"The property is beautiful and it's in the best position in the world.
"It will be a shame to leave it but sometimes life calls for other things."
Mr Tugrul's brother Daniel was the project manager during the building of the full masonry construction home with sandstone Granosite to the exterior. It has six bedrooms and five bathrooms.
"This home was built very well and it's got every inclusion in it," Mr Tugrul said.
"The home is very well insulated - when you've got the doors and windows closed, you don't hear a sound [from] outside."
Mr Tugrul's favourite features are the climate-controlled wine cellar which holds 2000 bottles, the Bisazza-tiled 14-metre swimming pool, and a fully enclosed cabana which is equipped with a dining, lounge, semi-kitchen and barbecue area.
Listed with David Geary of MMJ Real Estate Wollongong, the home includes a theatre room, gym and sauna, stables, recording studio, library, and billiard room.
The residence is also a smart home with a C-Bus microprocessor-based control and management system which is used to control lighting and other electrical services such as the television, blinds, pumps and audiovisual devices.
There is a four-car lock-up garage in the main home plus a detached six-car garage.
The house was designed by Peter Rasa, of PRD Architects, and is oriented for optimum environmental performance and cross flow.
The home will go to auction on-site on Saturday, September 13, at 2.30pm.
Inspections are available through Mr Geary.