Eccentric mining magnate Sally Zou has gone to unusual lengths to find a house.
Zou took out a two-page ad in The Advertiser on Thursday, listing the qualities she is looking for in a house, distance from the CBD and the size of the block.
“I am looking to purchase a home in my beloved South Australia, aiming to put more money into the community to help all my South Australian friends shine,” the ad read.
“If you are selling your property … please send me an introductory letter.”
Real Estate Institute of South Australia (REISA) president Greg Trouhgton told ABC News that he had never seen anything like it and believes that the ad was more likely a PR stunt of some kind.
“Someone willing to take out a full-page ad saying ‘I want to buy here, I want to live here’ … it’s definitely more of a branding exercise,” he said. “She would already be on their databases but rest assured I’m sure there would be hundreds if not thousands about to hit her email box to say ‘I’ve got the perfect property for you’.
“But I think it’s great that someone is willing to give that kind of commitment to South Australia.”
Zou is currently being sued for allegedly backing out of a multimillion-dollar property deal according to News Corp.
She is one of SA’s biggest donors to the Liberal Party, and earlier this year she took out another two-page ad welcoming Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to Adelaide.
Zou is the sole shareholder of Aus Gold Mining and a key financial backer of the Port Adelaide Football Club.