Is­land home a win­ner

Once owned by a TV game show co­host, this lux­u­ri­ous abode boasts water­front views and an ex­clu­sive lo­ca­tion that’s a well-kept se­cret

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - Property - - FRONT PAGE - WORDS ALEISHA PIDGEON

A GRAND Cronin Is­land mansion for­merly owned by a TV game show co-host has sold for a cool $5.6 mil­lion.

Prop­erty records show the own­ers, Mur­ray and Julie Bai­ley, bought the sprawl­ing mansion at 14 South­ern Cross Drive for $4 mil­lion in 1999 from Spend­ing Spree co-host Joan Waters.

Poised on a 1262sq m water­front block, the home has six bed­rooms and six bath­rooms and greets guests with an ex­trav­a­gant porte cocher­estyle drive­way.

Ray White Broad­beach agents Sam Guo and Ju­lia Kuo re­cently started mar­ket­ing the prop­erty – it pre­vi­ously went to auc­tion with an­other agency.

“A Chi­nese buyer from our data­base ended up buy­ing it,” Mr Guo said.

“They liked the po­si­tion on Cronin Is­land, the wide river views and the fact the house has a bit of char­ac­ter as well.”

Cronin Is­land, in Surfers Paradise, has just 34 houses and is ac­cessed via a bridge from Chevron Is­land.

“It re­ally hasn’t been discovered be­fore and peo­ple have just re­alised the great lo­ca­tion and amaz­ing homes that are there,” Mr Guo said.

“We have sold six prop­er­ties there in the past year.”

In other news, an­other Surfers Paradise mansion changed hands this week for $2.5 mil­lion. The prop­erty at 3 Norse­man Court, Paradise Waters, of­fers a stun­ning vista of the Surfers Paradise sky­line and wa­ter­ways.

Freshly ren­o­vated, the four-bed­room home fea­tures open-plan liv­ing and din­ing ar­eas with high ceil­ings and clas­sic tones through­out.

Elie Fakhri and Paula Fakhri of Joseph Dou­glas Re­alty han­dled the sale.

“Lo­cated in a highly ex­clu­sive res­i­den­tial pocket, so well known for great life­style, class and con­ve­nience, this is an en­tic­ing fam­ily op­tion not to be missed,” the listing states.

The mansion at 14 South­ern Cross Drive, Surfers Paradise, sold for $5.6 mil­lion.

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