Average house price in Vaucluse is £2.1m
The plush residences of the Consul General in Sydney and Melbourne and the residence of the deputy consul general in Melbourne are to be put on the market next year. Instead they will be expected to live in more modest city apartments as part of the plans to provide 'more for less' according to a spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Australian.
The three residences are all in the most expensive suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne.
The sales come after David Cameron indicated in July that he had palatial residences in his sights when it came to sweeping Foreign Office cuts. At a Foreign Office meeting he told more than 200 ambassadors, high commissioners and senior officials that they could only justify their lavish residences if they worked to promote British business abroad.
Do you think Baroness Ashton will be putting in a bid for the Sydney pad with its swimming pool, two car garage and views of Sydney Harbour? Perhaps its not quite exotic enough for her diplomats.