Motorsport legend Dick Johnson lists his Gold Coast penthouse
MOTOR racing legend Dick Johnson is taking his penthouse for a spin on the property market, listing his Gold Coast skyhome for sale.
On the market for offers over $2.2 million, the sub-penthouse was purchased by the Aussie champion and his wife Julianne off-the-plan back in 2003, with the couple moving in after the Mirvac-developed building was completed in 2006.
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Savills Gold Coast agent Georgia Elson said the penthouse was located in the sought-after Icon building.
“They (the residences) are all one per floor and because of the shape of the building, they get bigger the higher up they go,” she said.
“This one is on the seventh floor and in a premium building on the island with 180 degree views.
“They don’t come up often and they are very private, with only six in the building.”
Paradise Point is a haven for some of Australia’s sporting, business and celebrity icons, with many properties selling in the multi-millions.
The racing legend himself spoke exclusively to the Courier Mail, saying they were drawn to the sub-penthouse and development due to its location and security.
“We bought it at the time because we were downsizing and our lifestyle meant we were away a lot,” he said.
“It has been a fantastic place to live but we have now moved to another unit which on the top floor (of another building on the Gold Coast) and it is time for a change.”
Johnson said the balconies were his favourite place to hang out, saying he could sit back and watch the boating world go by.
“On a Sunday afternoon on a good day it was like the Monaco Grand Prix,” he said.
The couple, who have two grandchildren, said it had also been a great place for the kids to spend time, with its pool, gym, sauna and access to a private beach.
But Johnson said that life was busier than ever, despite the fact “I should be retired”.
“I did less as a driver,” he laughed.
He remains the part owner of the V8 Supercar team DJR Team Penske, and has started a new business with his son.
His eldest grandson, who started racing go karts, is making a push in to the Hyundai Excel racing series, with his grandfather coaching from the sidelines.
“I am still flat chat,” he laughed. “It would be good to have a weekend away from the racetrack.”
But while Johnson said they would be sad to let go of the penthouse they had called home for 15 years, it was time to pass it on.
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“It would suit someone looking for security and lifestyle,” he said. “I don’t think there is a place like it.
“You can mix with people or, equally, never talk to anyone. The calibre of people living there is great, a great community.”
The waterfront penthouse is located in a gated community on Ephraim Island, which is accessed by a bridge.
The Icon building in the Broadwater precinct is located within 6m of the water’s edge, with views over the Broadwater, north to Sovereign Island and the Gold Coast’s hinterland.
There are three bedrooms, four bathrooms, and space for three vehicles.
Stylish living spaces featuring high ceilings are found throughout the residence, which also includes spacious formal and casual areas and an open plan kitchen.
Shared facilities include a 25-meter heated lap pool, two resort pools, a gym, day spa, sauna and a restaurant.
There is also 24 hour manned security, and the community is pet friendly.
Ephraim Island itself has been described as a “residential address like no other”, and is home to luxury apartments, villas and beach houses, open spaces including two tidal inlets, central park spaces and a conservation area for osprey and sea birds.
There is also a 115 berth, private marina with deepwater access.