Skase house to set a record

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - REAL ESTATE -

The Christo­pher Skase-built man­sion in Bris­bane’s ex­clu­sive Hamil­ton Hill has hit the mar­ket again, with the new sell­ing agents ex­pect­ing the nine-bedroom prop­erty to smash all pre­vi­ous res­i­den­tial sales in the Sun­shine State.

“I be­lieve it will ex­ceed the lat­est high­est sale in Queens­land of $25 mil­lion,” said Sotheby’s In­ter­na­tional Realty As­cot prin­ci­pal Stephen We­ber.

Soo Hian Beh and her es­tranged hus­band, the Malaysian Chi­nese in­dus­tri­al­ist Sir Yii Ann Hii, who is in dis­pute with the Aus­tralian Tax­a­tion Of­fice over a $60m-plus tax bill, bought the Dickson Ter­race man­sion for $6.5m in 2001.

Skase and his wife Pixie amal­ga­mated nine lots to cre­ate Brom­ley, which was built in 1988 into a 2759sq m par­cel with views across the Bris­bane River and the CBD.

“It is the most elite res­i­dence on the mar­ket in Queens­land,” Mr We­ber said.

De­scribed as a “Great Gatsby-style pala­tial es­tate”, the prop­erty features a 12-me­tre high boundary made of me­trethick con­crete and steel. The es­tate in­cludes a large pool, ca­bana, flood­lit ten­nis court, ponds, foun­tains, water­ways, ter­races and raised gar­dens, and is de­scribed by the mar­ket­ing agents as “amaz­ing and ir­re­place­able”.

There is a me­dieval cir­cu­lar stair­case and an in­ter­nal bell tower, and palace-style decor fit for the kings and queens of the money mar­ket, the agents said.

“This is very much Queens­land’s tro­phy home and Sotheby’s is look­ing for a vi­sion­ary, like Christo­pher Skase who, let’s face it, built some amaz­ing de­vel­op­ments in the late 80s, to up­date it and bring it to its for­mer grandeur,” Mr We­ber said. “There is a for­mal lounge in which to re­tire af­ter feast­ing in the grand din­ing room on a meal pre­pared in the spa­cious mar­ble and gran­ite kitchen, com­pris­ing a walk-in cold room and com­mer­cial-grade ap­pli­ances.”

The bil­liard room is lined with rich tim­ber wall pan­elling and ducted air­con­di­tion­ing is through­out the prop­erty.

“To re­place this prop­erty would be cost pro­hib­i­tive,” Mr We­ber said.

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