Location and a grand design combine to create a luxury residence
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.