Falling in love with the layout at first, the owners were taken by a Mediterranean transformation of this six-bedroom home
A MEDITERRANEAN masterpiece poised on the waterfront at Sorrento could be fit for Romeo and Juliet with its iron-wrought balconies and sprawling gardens.
Valentina Maniacco and her husband Gareth Llewellyn Price, who bought the 1237sq m waterfront property 12 years ago, describe it as having a fairytale ending.
“When my husband and I were living in Sydney we came to see our friends – who actually lived in this house – for a holiday on the Gold Coast,” Mrs Maniacco said.
“We spent a week here, but the house didn’t have a Mediterranean style back then. Instead it was just a large, modern home.”
It was the following owners who refurbished and transformed the home, before putting it on the market – when it was purchased by Mrs Maniacco and Mr Price.
“I guess it was a bit like a fairytale ending,” the mother-of-two said. “We fell in love with the layout when we first stayed in it many, many years ago.
“The Mediterranean look just completed it. And we finally got to live in it.”
The-six bedroom, five-bathroom mansion at 18 Binda Place has marble finishes in the bathrooms, a sweeping staircase, high ceilings and parquetry floors.
A 800-bottle wine cellar and cedar french doors add to the luxurious design.
Mrs Maniacco, an Italian translator, said the home was different to anything she had seen before.
“Before we bought the house we shopped around for homes on the Gold Coast,” she said.
“This home always came out on top of the list I really liked the garden because it was so big an beautiful and I found many waterfront properties didn’t have much of a garden.
“I like how private the place is too, it fans out towards the river but it is hidden at the end of a cul de sac on the road.”
Mrs Maniacco said home has a number of living spaces.
“The library has to be my favourite place to relax and it has space for hundreds of books,” she said.
“We added a veranda at the back two years ago and it has been a fantastic place to entertain.”