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
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.