Italian marble, vast expanses of glass and wide views stun at Sunshine Beach
It’s a home so stunning it even made the folk at multibillion-dollar French beauty giant L’Oreal swoon.
Scouts for the Parisian firm would not take no for an answer when ensuring this Sunshine Beach home became the location of their next big beauty shoot.
As if this wasn’t enough, the home also won awards for best kitchen, best master ensuite and best house for 2015.
The owners, developer-builder Glen Watson and his interior designer wife Deborah, finally agreed to open their labour of love – Azure – to the L’Oreal cameras in late January.
To say the shoot created a buzz in the sleepy beachside hamlet just south of Noosa is an understatement, but it is no mystery why one of the world’s largest beauty companies would want to hitch their wagon here. The Watsons had a very clear vision of the home they wanted to create, and spent almost six months working on the design with Glen’s nephew Chris Clout, of Chris Clout Design.
“Some views are special, others are spectacular, and we just knew this was an extraordinary site,” Mr Watson says.
“We found the site and, after I climbed on the roof and discovered some of the best views I’d ever seen, we saw the potential that other people hadn’t. Deb and I knew we could create a truly amazing home on this site, so we purchased it immediately.”
Mrs Watson says no expense was spared. The four-bedroom home is awash with imported Italian Carrara marble and stunning designer finishes. Floor-to-ceiling windows create seamless transitions from indoors to out and take in views of the ocean that stretch as far as the eye can see.
One of the many features that leaves people speechless is the pool, with its turquoise tiles, and built-in double day beds that seem to float on the water just as the pool itself appears to float in midair.
“We went back and forth with Chris over the design of the pool, as we knew the look we wanted to create,” Mr Watson says. “The pool is suspended almost seven metres above the rainforest garden below, and overlooks the ocean and beach.”
Choosing a favourite room is hard, Mrs Watson says. “We have tried to make every room exceptional. The living room, dining and kitchen really are luminous – all overlooking the pool and ocean. It is the heart of the home. I wanted the kitchen to be as beautiful as it is functional. It really is a connoisseur’s dream.”
The entire top floor is devoted to the master suite with its LED-lit, rainwater-fed double shower, stone bath, custom-built vanities and Thassos marble mosaic tiles.
Mrs Watson says the idea is to let the “sumptuous interiors and breathtaking views take centre stage”. “Azure truly is the home that love built,” she says. “We loved working together, and have loved creating this amazing home together. Glen proposed to me here and then we married here, so it will always be very special to us.”
The home has been sold for an undisclosed sum and is currently under contract.
The home’s undisputed centrepiece is the infinity pool, which appears to float in midair above the rainforest garden, and comes with two daybeds overlooking the ocean.