Gold Coast mansion offers a taste of the European lifestyle
YOU could be forgiven for thinking this riverfront mansion was in an exotic location on the other side of the world.
With wide bronze-framed windows, soaring ceilings, crystal chandeliers and floor-length flowing curtains, it looks more like a luxury European residence.
However, it is in fact right at the heart of the Gold Coast.
The multistorey Paradise Waters residence occupies a 600sq m block at 111 Commodore Drive.
It is evident from the street that the house is unlike any of its neighbours but it is not until stepping inside that its opulence can be really appreciated.
Italian marble is featured throughout while the finest fixtures and fittings give it a classy edge. It comes as no surprise that award-winning architect Bayden Goddard helped design the luxurious residence.
Owners Gary and Julie McPherson called on his expertise to get the design just right before starting the build, which took about a year.
The couple’s travels around the world, particularly Europe, inspired the design.
“My wife and I travel a fair bit so we incorporated a few bits and pieces from that,” he said.
“Everything was all highly specked.”
They spared no expense to make it the home of their dreams.
It has four bedrooms, each with dressing rooms and marble ensuites, a parlour that could double as a car showroom or fifth bedroom, chef-style kitchen with Gaggenau appliances, a riverside pool and elevator to service each level.
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“It’s got a great feel to it,” Mr McPherson said.
“We like the high ceilings and it’s a great entertainment house — you can have a few people in the house and not even know they’re there.”
The residence’s position at the furthest point of the river’s bend also offers a perfect view of the city’s lights, which Mr McPherson described as “amazing”.
While the McPhersons adored the property, wanderlust has prompted them to list it.
“We thought we were going to stay here longer but we wanted to travel a bit more and leave our options open to what we do when we get back,” Mr McPherson said.
“We’re going to stay on the Coast but we haven’t really decided what we’re going to do. I think we’d like to build again.”
The property will go under the hammer on July 11.