Monaco mansion

Location and a grand de­sign com­bine to cre­ate a lux­ury res­i­dence

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

THE Grasso fam­ily waited years for their chance to move onto Monaco St and when No. 131-135 hit the mar­ket they didn’t wait a sec­ond longer.

Johnathan and Roberta Grasso bought the wa­ter­front home three years ago.

“We bought the house so we could live on the street,” Mr Grasso said. “It has been a dream goal for my wife and I for a long time.”

The fam­ily pre­vi­ously lived on the Isle of Capri and ad­mired the street.

“When we first drove down the drive­way we were re­ally blown away, and we still are,” he said. “The ef­fect hasn’t worn off yet, it’s re­ally pretty mag­i­cal.”

A long wind­ing drive­way sur­rounded by palm trees, man­i­cured lawns as well as a large swim­ming pool and kids play area leads up to the front door.

“It is grand but it’s fam­ily ori­en­tated,” the fa­ther-of-two said.

A ca­bana-bar and a tim­ber deck add an el­e­ment of en­ter­tain­ment to the front­yard but Mr Grasso said the back­yard was even bet­ter.

A spa over­looks the wa­ter and bril­liantly cap­tures the skyline.

“Sit­ting in the spa with a glass of wine and soak­ing up the sun­set is some­thing you can’t do in many homes,” Mr Grasso said.

“We have two lit­tle ones and they have had all their friends over for camp-outs on the front yard and birth­day par­ties with an out­door cin­ema.

“When we bought the home we put a few of our own touches on it too,” Mr Grasso said. “My wife is re­ally tal­ented with de­sign. The fam­ily put in new bath­rooms and a spe­cial en­ter­tain­ment room.

A pi­ano and hang­ing pedant lights fea­ture in the bar cre­at­ing an el­e­gant and fun space.

“When you step through the front door, the home blows you away,” he said.

“We have never lived in some­thing like this be­fore.”

The floor plan in­cludes a base­ment cin­ema, self-con­tained nanny’s quar­ters, guest wing, me­dia room and wine bar.

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