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It’s been home to sev­eral Gold Coast iden­ti­ties and now this dream prop­erty in Surfers Par­adise could be yours

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

IT’S de­scribed as a “dream home” and it’s not hard to see why. This Par­adise Wa­ters Mediter­ranean-style man­sion was built by leg­endary Gold Coast con­struc­tion fig­ure Ron McMaster in the late 1980s for tourism fig­ure and re­sort de­vel­oper Keith Wil­liams.

The prop­erty was later owned by Dream­world founder John Longhurst and was bought in 2013 by its cur­rent own­ers, lo­cal busi­ness­man Sep Abe­dian and wife Flora.

The home fea­tures a three-level stair­case in­spired by the Vatican, arched win­dows, wrought iron chan­de­liers and Ro­man bath­style pool.

The Abe­di­ans are down­siz­ing and have bought else­where, and so are re­luc­tantly part­ing ways with the prop­erty they lov­ingly re­stored to its orig­i­nal grandeur.

Mr Abe­dian, the brother of Sun­land Group founder So­heil Abe­dian, was ini­tially drawn to the home’s sta­tus, size and out­look.

“We reg­u­larly see pods of dol­phins swim­ming past, manta rays fly­ing out of the wa­ter and big schools of fish be­ing fol­lowed by seag­ulls,” Mr Abe­dian said.

“The size of the house has been won­der­ful for our fam­ily be­cause it gives us the abil­ity to have ev­ery­one over with­out any­one be­ing in any­one’s way.

“We’ve been able to have the ex­pe­ri­ences and mem­o­ries that fam­i­lies are made of.”

Cov­er­ing 1200sq m of floorspace, the home fea­tures an ar­ray of living ar­eas, study, eight­seat cinema, grand en­try, games room with wet bar, seven-car base­ment garage, wine cel­lar, gym, work­shop, jetty, pool and spa.

There are also re­minders of the orig­i­nal res­i­dents with the Wil­liams fam­ily crest adorn­ing wall­pa­per in the games room.

The prop­erty’s his­tor­i­cal im­por­tance was un­der­scored in 2015 when the Abe­di­ans were asked by the Gold Coast City Coun­cil if they would open up their home to al­low the pub­lic a view­ing as part of the in­au­gu­ral Gold Coast Open House pro­gram that cel­e­brates im­por­tant ar­chi­tec­tural land­marks.

Matt Gates, of Ray White Pres­tige, part of the Ray White Surfers Par­adise (RWSP) Group, is mar­ket­ing the prop­erty.

RWSP Group CEO An­drew Bell said the 1489sq m prop­erty of­fered one of the largest wa­ter frontages in Par­adise Wa­ters.

“It has 46m of wa­ter fron­tage, which is very rare, and over­looks the widest part of the river across to the grounds of the South­port School and north to the South­port sky­line,” Mr Bell said.

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