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Inside the extraordinary home designed by Joe Hockey architect and investment banker wife Melissa Babbage – and take a peek at what’s under his TRAP DOOR

  • The home belonging to former federal treasurer Joe Hockey is now on the market
  • A lavish five-bedroom house in Canberra costs $4.95million
  • Sleekly designed home features a hatch leading to a gym and wine cellar
  • Hockey also served as Australia’s Ambassador to the United States until 2020










A home owned by former Australian treasurer Joe Hockey and his investment banker wife is officially on the market.

The lavish five-bedroom, four-bathroom home in Canberra sits on a massive 1,317 square meter plot and has an indicative price of between $4.95 million and $5.25 million.

Located in the exclusive suburb of ACT Forrest, the home has won 11 National and Regional Housing Awards from the Housing Industry Association.

Architect Paul Tilse, interior designer Vanessa Hawes and Preferred Builders craftsman Paul Kerr successfully transformed the 1930s heritage property into a prestige home for potential new owners.

The standout feature is a hatch leading to a bunker, where there is a gym and a wine cellar.

A home owned by former Australian treasurer Joe Hockey and his investment banker wife Melissa Babbage (pictured left) is officially on the market

The exclusive Canberra home has been listed between $4.95million and $5.25million (pictured)

The exclusive Canberra home has been listed between $4.95million and $5.25million (pictured)

The lavish five-bedroom family home is located in the Blue Chip ACT Forrest suburb (pictured)

The lavish five-bedroom family home is located in the Blue Chip ACT Forrest suburb (pictured)

“Details as far as the eye can see, showing exactly what a lifestyle would look like here,” the house listing reads.

“Sunrise through the Chinese elms in the morning, or curl up by the fire with a bottle from the private cellar…the choices are endless.”

The enviable home also features European oak hardwood floors, a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, and a gourmet kitchen that stands out with its sloping roofline.

In addition, the house is flooded with natural light, all windows are double glazed and the bathrooms have underfloor heating.

Listing agent Josh Morrissey of Hive described the property as “a once-in-a-generation collaboration”.

Hockey, 56, served as Australia’s ambassador to the United States from January 2016 to January 2020.

The diplomat and Liberal representative was North Sydney’s longtime member from 1996 until his resignation in 2015.

Over the past few years, Hockey helped co-found Bondi Partners, a global consulting firm.

Hockey lives in Washington and would seek to give guest lectures on public policy and politics at many American universities.

A designed 'hidden bunker' is one of many standout features, with a wine cellar (pictured) hidden in plain sight

A designed ‘hidden bunker’ is one of many standout features, with a wine cellar (pictured) hidden in plain sight

A hatch also opens to reveal a gym, with plenty of equipment for working out at home (pictured)

A hatch also opens to reveal a gym, with plenty of equipment for working out at home (pictured)

The kitchen features high ceilings, European oak flooring and luxury fittings to delight any chef.

The kitchen features high ceilings, European oak flooring and luxury fittings to delight any chef.