Gold Coast’s first penthouse up for grabs


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The Gold Coast’s first penthouse is up for grabs.

The first penthouse to be built on the Coast, which helped put the Glitter Strip on the map as a holiday destination, has hit the market.

Perched at the top of the Gold Coast’s first high-rise development, and one of Queensland’s earliest skyscrapers, the four-bedroom apartment is in the heritage listed Kinkabool building.
The dated Surfers Paradise skyhome occupies the whole top floor and is a deceased estate being sold via an auction campaign.

The four-bedroom apartment at 9/34 Hanlan St, Surfers Paradise.

Surfers Paradise First National agent Bob Rollington, who is marketing the property with Leanne Marr, said the penthouse was a piece of Gold Coast history, as was its lockup garage which was on a separate title.

“It was the first high-rise in Surfers, built in 1960 by John Booker,” he said.

“The views are spectacular and you are right in the centre of town.

“The garage is next door which was the original site of the Flamingo Nightclub, the first nightclub in Surfers.”

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Mr Rollington said the apartment is currently rented out for $650 per week and was likely to attract investors and families looking for a holiday home or permanent residence in the heart of town.

The owners held the keys for more than 35 years.

The Kinkabool building has recently had a makeover.

Mr Rollington said the Kinkabool building had recently had an expensive makeover to bring it back to life.

“It was all done in consultation with the heritage listing people,” he said.

“They ended up getting the original designs and co-ordinating the colours and they replaced all the windows to get it back to the original facade.

“There was a lot of work involved and at a great cost.”

The skyhome will head under the hammer on June 15.

The Queensland Heritage Register lists the building as a place of significance as it was the beginning of residential towers on the Coast.

“Built in 1959-1960 at Surfers Paradise, the home-unit building known as Kinkabool was the Gold Coast’s first high-rise and one of Queensland’s earliest, built shortly after Torbreck was completed in Brisbane in 1960,” the description reads.

The report said the building was the starting point for developments of its type which kicked off tourism in Queensland and gave the Gold Coast an international reputation.

“Kinkabool also illustrates a significant aspect of the evolving character of the quintessential Australian beach holiday,” the site stated.

“It reflects a shift in the preferences of many post-World War II Australian tourists away from traditional holiday accommodation options like camping or caravanning, guest or boarding houses toward high-rise, self-contained apartments with a view of the beach and equipped with modern conveniences like timesaving kitchen appliances and on-site pools.”

The penthouse at 9/34 Hanlan St is set to head under the hammer on June 15.

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