An ob­ject of de­sire

For years the own­ers of this pala­tial abode had ad­mired it be­fore leap­ing at the chance to make it their own – and now it could be yours

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - Property - - FRONT PAGE - WORDS HAN­NAH SBEGHEN

FREIGHT ty­coon boss Clive Thomas and his wife Lee-Anne had their hearts set on the pala­tial prop­erty at 25 Sea­farer Court 25 years be­fore they made the de­ci­sion to buy it. The cou­ple ini­tially bought an­other house in the same street be­fore they snapped up their dream home in 2007.

“We were liv­ing a few doors down at num­ber 15 and when the house at num­ber 25 came on the mar­ket we knew that was our chance to buy it,” Mrs Thomas said. “We have lived here ever since.” The stun­ning Surfers Par­adise home is poised on an 1375sq m prop­erty and in­cludes four bed­rooms, four bath­rooms, two dou­ble garages as well as a jetty, pon­toon and boat ramp. But it was the Ja­panese-in­spired de­sign that sparked the pair’s in­ter­est.

“There are wa­ter fea­tures all over the house,” the mother-of-two said. “To get to the front door you need to walk over step­ping stones across wa­ter. In­side the main area is a pond with step­ping stones.

“You’re al­ways walk­ing across step­ping stones which is re­ally calm­ing. I think the best way to de­scribe the home is con­tem­po­rary with an Asian twist.”

Mrs Thomas said the home had in­ter­est­ing fea­tures that also made it unique.

“I re­ally liked the in­built fea­ture buffets through­out the home and the nooks in the walls for or­na­ments,” she said.

“When I styled it I just went with the flow of the de­sign and kept ev­ery­thing quite modern.”

The home has an open-plan de­sign and bi­fold doors that cre­ate an in­door-out­door flow.

The liv­ing area looks out to the pool and a pri­vate beach – more than 60m of sandy beach is ac­ces­si­ble from the main liv­ing ar­eas.

With mag­nif­i­cent liv­ing spa­ces and a series of al­fresco ter­races, Mrs Thomas said the home was well de­signed for grand-scale en­ter­tain­ing.

“I re­mem­ber once when my son was in board­ing school he brought home a friend to stay dur­ing the hol­i­days,” she said.

“We had a baby piano in the liv­ing room and his friend was a mar­vel­lous piano player.

“He asked if he could play one af­ter­noon so we opened up all the doors and the mu­sic sounded spec­tac­u­lar in the house. No doubt it flowed out to the canal and across the wa­ter to the neigh­bours. The house has some won­der­ful acous­tics.”

The pool area fea­tures a spi­ral stair­case which winds up to the mas­ter bed­room.

“It was a re­ally fun fea­ture in the house,” Mrs Thomas said. “My hus­band loves to swim so re­ally en­joyed wak­ing up and walk­ing straight out of bed to the pool for a dip.

“The pool area also has its own toi­lets and show­ers which is re­ally use­ful for when we have so­cial gath­er­ings.

“There was no need for peo­ple to jump out of the pool and dry off to go in­side.”

Trop­i­cal palms and lan­scaped gar­dens pro­vide a tran­quil feel through­out the grounds while the out­look to the Surfers Par­adise skylin adds to the op­u­lance.

Af­ter 10 years the fam­ily has moved back to Syd­ney where their busi­ness C.T. Freight is head­quar­tered.

Mar­ket­ing agent Michael Kol­losche of Kol­losche Pres­tige Agents de­scribed the prop­erty as a con­tem­po­rary sanc­tu­ary.

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