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
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.