RICKY Stuart loves a celebrity mansion. When he started coaching at the Cronulla Sharks he bought Ian Thorpe's waterfront home on Burraneer Bay in the shire.
Now he has moved to Canberra and is living in former prime minister Kevin Rudd's old house.
Mr Rudd and wife Therese Rein sold their Yarralumla home in September for $2.25 million and the buyers decided to lease the house.
It was described as a "sophisticated and luxurious home" with five bedrooms, Italianate gardens, a swimming pool and a spiral staircase. Stuart was keen to play it down yesterday when asked about his new residence.
"Seriously, it's a nice family home and close to our families which is why we've moved back to Canberra," he said. "Just say I hope I don't have to use the panic buttons … at least until Round 3."
The house is in the same street as Stuart's sister-in-law and close to his parents.
"We haven't been close to our families for a long time," he said. "We're really enjoying it."
Stuart has kept his home in the shire and will rent while coaching the Raiders. He signed a three-year deal after quitting the Eels.
"I'm really enjoying the coaching side of things," he said.
"I feel I'm very fortunate to be back in my old town coaching my old team."