You’ll feel on top of the world

There are views and then there are views – and this stun­ning sub-pent­house of­fers the kind of vista few other res­i­dences can boast

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

GARY John­son de­scribes the view of the Gold Coast from his sky-home as a plea­sure to wake up to ev­ery day.

“I feel like I am a part of the Gold Coast watch­ing the whole city wake up with me from my bird’s eye view,” Mr John­son said.

There’s no deny­ing the sub-pent­house at 3501/50 Ma­rine Pde has sub­lime views – even from the toi­let. Mr John­son said it was the views that re­ally sparked his and his wife’s ini­tial in­ter­est in the prop­erty.

The cou­ple, who bought the apart­ment in 2007, said it was their first sky-high liv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

“We knew it was a good de­ci­sion be­cause we ended up get­ting mar­ried shortly af­ter we moved in,” Mr John­son said. “There was good feel­ing about the place.” Floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows en­ve­lope the 330sq m floor­plan of the sub­stan­tial sub­pent­house and ex­pose a breath­tak­ing 360de­gree vista from the 35th floor.

While the views were a draw­card, the cou­ple said it was styling in­spi­ra­tion from a friend that helped seal the deal.

“It was fairly bland look­ing place when we first bought it, the in­te­ri­ors were re­ally lack­ing char­ac­ter,” Mr John­son said.

“We had our eye on two apartments, this one and an­other at Main Beach ,” the fa­therof-two said.

“My wife and I were un­sure about South­port at first, but it has the bet­ter views.

“You’re not peer­ing into other apartments on the beach­front and we love the CBD vibe. Our friend War­ren Tut­ton in­vited us over for some drinks one day, he lived on the 34th floor of the same South­port tower we were look­ing at.

“He had his place styled by Robin­son’s de­sign and it was very, very schmick. We loved what he did to the place and how invit­ing it felt.”

The John­sons spent $300,000 on ren­o­va­tions. The cou­ple said they made a few small changes by widen­ing door­ways and adding a touch of lux­ury to the main bed­room.

“It was a sub­tle change that made a huge dif­fer­ence,” Mr John­son said. “The views were mar­vel­lous and are a stand­out so we wanted a com­fort­able, sim­ple style to com­ple­ment it.”

Dou­ble doors cre­ate for­mal­ity to the lux­ury main suite with a re­lax­ation space, a wall of built-in wardrobes, and a spa bath.

Mr John­son said liv­ing in an apart­ment hadn’t com­pro­mised his life­style. “The bal­cony is north-fac­ing which means it is pro­tected from the el­e­ments,” he said. “You can still en­ter­tain, we have had 40 peo­ple around for a get-to­gether once. We usu­ally have a bar­be­cue on the bal­cony.”

A gran­ite wine bar with twin in­te­grated Vin­tec fridges fea­ture in the me­dia lounge room, where glass doors pro­vide seam­less in­ter­ac­tion with a cov­ered bal­cony and out­look of the north­ern coast­line.

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