Sydney,Aug.21 : Australian celebrity couple Michael Clarke and his bride to be Lara Bingle have reportedly bought prime property on Coffs Harbour, and according to the real estate grapevine, it is a spectacular Sapphire Beach pile worth about 11.5 million Australian dollars.
According to the Daily Telegraph, the couple have denied the report, but locals were convinced the Shire couple are looking to escape the media glare back home".
A spokeswoman for the selling agent, LJ Hooker, would only say the new owners "wanted to remain anonymous," refusing to comment any further.
The multi-million dollar sale was front-page news on the NSW north coast, with records confirming the designer home was snapped up for below the asking price of 8.75 million dollars,plus two adjoining villas listed at 1.75 million dollars and 1.65 million dollars respectively.
Known to Coffs Harbour locals as 'Noorwinya', the land was bought by American Microsoft executive, Jaybe Ammons and his wife Shelley in 2001 for around five million dollars.
Feng sui experts were reportedly consulted in its construction, which includes pagoda-style annexes, a stunning lap pool and access to a private stretch of beach.
Property documents confirmed the sale of the Coachmans Close homes, sold by private treaty on July 29.
Bingle and Clarke could not be reached for comment, but their representative from International Quarterback denied the buy.
With his lucrative cricketing contracts and endorsement deals banking Clarke around $1.8 million this year, the former Liverpool lad has the potential coin to cover the 75,000 dollars monthly mortgage payments.
And with another estimated 750,000 dollars on offer from the Indian Premier League next season, Clarke is certainly batting his way to a record haul in the money game.