Tropic de­lights set the mood

Stun­ning sun­sets, lush gar­dens, a boat­ing life­style and a mag­nif­i­cent Sov­er­eign Is­lands res­i­dence leave very lit­tle to be de­sired

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - Property - - MARKET WRAP - WORDS HAN­NAH SBEGHEN

Villa World board chair­man Mark Odgers-Jewell con­cedes his water­front house on The Sov­er­eign Is­lands was an im­pulse buy. “My fam­ily and I were liv­ing at Run­away Bay and we were look­ing to up­grade,” Mark says. “We had our eye on the Sov­er­eign Is­land and al­ways liked the boat­ing life­style of it. One af­ter­noon we saw a house go­ing for auc­tion, so we walked in, fell in love with the de­sign and the ar­chi­tec­ture and placed a bid. In the next cou­ple of hours we were Sov­er­eign Is­land res­i­dents.”

Mark says that when he and his wife Gail bought the home in 2003 they never thought they would be liv­ing there 14 years later.

“I re­mem­ber when we first stepped in­side, my wife and I re­ally loved the trop­i­cal feel to it,” the fa­ther-of-three says. “I have never been to Bali but I think this house comes close to it. I’m a big fan of the com­bi­na­tion of tim­ber and win­dows that look out into the trop­i­cal gar­dens.

“The stairs are made from Amer­i­can oak and are al­ways a talk­ing point when peo­ple visit. We put the sus­pended glass stairs in when we bought the home.”

In­side the five-bed­room, three-bath­room home there is a re­sort-style feel with warm tones, sand­stone fea­tures, tim­ber pan­elling and tim­ber shut­ters. Mark says the sun­set views are his favourity. “In the af­ter­noon there is a spec­tac­u­lar orange blaze of light that fills up the house,” he says.

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