Aria’s $4.2m smash

It was a case of love at first sight for some in­ter­na­tional buy­ers who didn’t waste any time in mak­ing the Hope Is­land mega man­sion their own

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

ARIA, a five-bedroom, re­sort-in­spired mega man­sion has sold to an in­ter­na­tional buyer for $4.2 mil­lion.

On and off the mar­ket since March 2012, Hum & Fea Gold Coast Re­alty prin­ci­pal Ruth Fea kicked off a re­newed mar­ket­ing push for 2334 Cress­brook Drive al­most a year ago.

“In this case, the buy­ers were stand­ing at the front of the prop­erty and phoned from our sign – they were here in Aus­tralia for only a short pe­riod of time and re­quested an im­me­di­ate in­spec­tion,” she said.

“We ac­com­mo­dated them, took a blank con­tract with us and made the deal hap­pen.”

Ms Fea said the buy­ers spent some time at the prop­erty and made an of­fer im­me­di­ately.

“We drew up the con­tracts there and then around the kitchen ta­ble,” she said.

“I think the buy­ers were par­tic­u­larly im­pressed with the 52.72m of wa­ter­front as well as the breath­tak­ingly dif­fer­ent ar­chi­tec­tural con­struc­tion and at­ten­tion to de­tail. Aria truly is a one-of-a-kind prop­erty in Hope Is­land.”

Seller Sean Edge bought the block in 2006 for $1.06 mil­lion and spent more than 100 hours per­fect­ing the de­sign on pa­per.

“I was look­ing for pri­vacy and wide wa­ter,” he told the Bul­letin when it hit the mar­ket last year.

“This was the per­fect block but I found the de­sign very dif­fi­cult be­cause of the shape of the block.”

Aria has a raft of im­pres­sive fea­tures in­clud­ing an open-air cin­ema, two pools, an in­door-out­door en­ter­tainer’s bar, a me­dia room and kitchen with a cold room.

Ms Fea said the Hope Is­land prop­erty mar­ket was run­ning hot.

“We are cur­rently ex­pe­ri­enc­ing an up­swing in in­ter­est with de­mand in prop­erty mostly out­strip­ping sup­ply,” she said.

“In other words, we have an abun­dance of qual­i­fied buy­ers with lit­tle to sell to them.”

Aria, at 2334 Cress­brook Drive, Hope Is­land, has changed hands for $4.2 mil­lion.

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