UN­REAL ES­TATE

Ital­ian mar­ble, vast ex­panses of glass and wide views stun at Sun­shine Beach

The Courier-Mail - QWeekend - - INSIDE - SOPHIE FOS­TER

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.

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