SEE HOW A TOP ES­TATE AGENT LIVES

This trans­for­ma­tion will take your breath away, but you’ll have to be quick to make it yours, writes So­phie Fos­ter

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS - SA­MAN­THA HEALY

A SE­CRET en­trance, a hid­den gym that could ri­val a fit­ness fran­chise, and a sparkling re­sort-style pool. Even the garage has been given the luxe touch, and is adorned with basalt lava stone.

Take a look in­side the home of one of Bris­bane’s lead­ing agents – a man who sold close to $100 mil­lion worth of prop­erty last year.

“We poured a lot of con­sid­er­a­tion and ef­fort into ev­ery inch of what has been a won­der­ful home for our fam­ily,” Ray White New Farm prin­ci­pal Matt Lan­cashire said.

CoreLogic prop­erty data shows that Mr Lan­cashire and his wife Cait­lyn bought 50 Crase St at Tener­iffe for $895,000 in 2012.

Built in the 1930s, the prop­erty had been used as a shared house and needed a lot of work.

Work­ing along­side Chan­non Ar­chi­tects and Black De­vel­op­ments, the Lan­cashires em­barked on a 16-month ren­o­va­tion jour­ney.

“Craig (of Chan­non Ar­chi­tects) is a very clever guy who has worked on some of Bris­bane’s most high-end res­i­dences,” Mr Lan­cashire said.

“He’s a lo­cal and un­der­stands the code of the area and we were able to get ex­actly what we wanted, us­ing the orig­i­nal cot­tage as the plat­form to cre­ate some­thing ar­chi­tec­tural off the back which flows re­ally well and pays re­spect to the orig­i­nal foun­da­tions.”

Ev­ery­thing from the VJ walls to the ceil­ings was re­placed, with the home known as ‘‘c50­house’’ un­der­go­ing an al­most com­plete re­build.

To­day, it comes with an ex­ten­sive list of lux­ury fea­tures but per­haps the most im­pres­sive of them all is the con­cealed gym hid­den be­hind a se­cret stone rock wall and hav­ing a pin code ac­cess.

Some­times called the ‘‘bat cave,’’ it leads to a tun­nel and then into a large, open-plan space.

“A lot of peo­ple have that ‘WTF?’ look when they see it,” he said. “They are mes­merised by it.”

Other fea­tures in­clude a cus­tom Van­guard lou­vre sys­tem, a heated mo­saic-tiled swim­ming pool, cus­tom French oak floors, a be­spoke solid French oak float­ing stair­case and a vast out­door en­ter­tain­ing room.

There are also four be­d­rooms, one with a deluxe mas­ter re­treat, three lux­ury bath­rooms, a fire­place, wine cel­lar, and smart home tech­nol­ogy through­out.

A much-loved area of the three-level home is the open­plan liv­ing, kitchen, din­ing, lounge, en­ter­tain­ing, out­door bar­be­cue and pool zone.

“Craig’s work is spe­cial and he’s clever about work­ing with in­door-out­door spaces, in­clud­ing our big out­door area which has 5m ceil­ings wrapped in bat­tened tim­ber,” Mr Lan­cashire said.

“It’s a space we use all year round. He’s also got an ex­tremely good eye for de­tail so there are so many minute de­tails through­out the prop­erty which you wouldn’t know ex­isted un­less you went through it.”

Mr Lan­cashire said the home’s lo­ca­tion was also a mas­sive lure, as it is within walk­ing di dis­tance t of th the city, the river, parks, restaurants and cafes.

Tener­iffe is sand­wiched be­tween New­stead and New Farm, part of a kind of golden tri­an­gle of ex­clu­sive sub­urbs.

The me­dian house sales price in Tener­iffe is $1.825 mil­lion, but many pres­tige houses have sold for dou­ble that fig­ure, or more.

Mr Lan­cashire said they were selling their home be­cause “I re­ally want a ten­nis court”, and hoped the house would go to an­other fam­ily.

They have en­gaged Ray White New Farm’s Ni­cholas Given and Scott Dar­won to man­age the sale, which will be an auc­tion tion at tR Ray W White’s ‘‘Un­der the Stars’’ event on Novem­ber 13, if not sold prior.

“Su­perb ar­chi­tec­ture has cre­ated a home per­fectly suited to Queens­land liv­ing but with a vibe rem­i­nis­cent of life in the is­land parts of Greece or Italy,” Mr Dar­won said.

“The at­ten­tion to de­tail is some­thing to be­hold and not one fin­ish is of a stan­dard less than per­fect.

“Given the lo­ca­tion, fin­ish, feel­ing and at­mos­phere the house emits, this is go­ing to be a home that will truly be en­joyed by its res­i­dents for many, many years to come.”

ON the banks of the Noosa River, look­ing out over a for­tune in prime real es­tate, a di­lap­i­dated con­crete shell sat for years await­ing its owner’s re­turn.

Con­struc­tion had be­gun in earnest on the mul­ti­mil­lion­dol­lar prop­erty, but a fam­ily tragedy for the Sin­ga­pore­based owner put ev­ery­thing else on the back­burner. Even­tu­ally the “shell” at 2 Fry­ing Pan Track on Noosa’s tightly-held North Shore was put to mar­ket and, af­ter a few w hic­cups, even­tu­ally sold for a “bar­gain” – if you dare call $2 mil­lion a bar­gain.

En­ter An­drew and Kate te Hay, an en­thu­si­as­tic Bris­bane ne cou­ple, with a nous for lux­ury real es­tate and the courage to take on an aban­doned pro­ject.

“The first thing that struck me was it was 2ha of land wrapped in na­tional park with the Noosa River right on the doorstep, amaz­ing flora and fauna and kan­ga­roos jump­ing in the yard,” Mr Hay told The Sun­day Mail.

“When I saw the build­ing in its orig­i­nal state, it was re­ally about re­al­is­ing the orig­i­nal vi­sion which was an un­par­al­leled piece of par­adise never to be re­peated.”

The cou­ple un­der­took due dili­gence to as­sess what risks there were, es­pe­cially around the struc­ture and town plan­ning laws.

“Un­der new town plan­ning now you can’t build houses of this scale, 1000sq m is a large

home h i in it­self. So we had to go back through the town plan­ning process and get some com­fort around that and the struc­ture.”

With that in place they en­gaged pro­fes­sion­als in­clud­ing Vati Projects for con­struc­tion and Grow Col­lec­tive for land­scap­ing to com­plete the dream pro­ject, spend­ing “mul­ti­ple mil­lions” in the process.

The scale of the house meant they wanted to break the home up into sec­tions and be­cause it was built of con- crete, they added el­e­ments to tie it into na­ture.

“We wanted to use or­ganic and nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als, so we brought in a lot of nat­u­ral stone, im­ported a lot of mar­ble and tim­bers sym­pa­thetic to the land­scape here.”

They named it Eden – al­most 17,000sq m of wa­ter­front land, with a sprawl­ing fivebed­room lux­ury home and packed with ev­ery­thing a mod­ern fam­ily could pos­si­bly wish for.

Just across the river from some of Noosa’s most pop­u­lar spots in­clud­ing the highly pop­u­lar Hast­ings Street, it has 5m high ceil­ings with elec- tronic lou­vred win­dows, ducted air­con­di­tion­ing that runs off a 7kw so­lar sys­tem, enough space to com­fort­ably ac­com­mo­date 14 peo­ple, a kids re­treat, sep­a­rate me­dia room, in­ter­nal court­yard, fully tiled pool, out­door gazebo and an ex­ter­nal shed that can ac­com­mo­date two boats.

Their real es­tate agent Adrian Reed was as­tounded at the end re­sult: “You can’t ac­tu­ally find a home of this scale in a nor­mal res­i­den­tial po­si­tion. You’d gen­er­ally have to push beyond res­i­den­tial.”

The prop­erty is for sale by ten­der, ap­pli­ca­tions close 5pm on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 19.

SPA­CIOUS: Matt and Cait­lyn Lan­cashire’s mag­nif­i­cent Tener­iffe house. The cou­ple (inset be­low) with their chil­dren Monty and Lulu. Pic­tures: An­nette Dew

GLOOM TO BOOM: It’s hard to com­pre­hend the trans­for­ma­tion of 2 Fry­ing Pan Track on Noosa’s North Shore.

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