Fairy­tale man­sion

Fall­ing in love with the lay­out at first, the own­ers were taken by a Mediter­ranean trans­for­ma­tion of this six-bed­room home

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - Property - - AUCTION -

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.”

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