Soak up all the seren­ity

With its beau­ti­ful leafy gar­dens, or­na­men­tal ponds and pool, this de­light­fully light and airy fivebedoom home is the ideal sanc­tu­ary to un­wind

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

THERE is a space for ev­ery oc­ca­sion and ev­ery mood in this con­tem­po­rary house on the Isle of Capri.

Home­own­ers Jo and John Utama bought the house in 2002 to raise their daugh­ter and said the style hasn’t aged.

“It is re­ally trop­i­cal but it isn’t quite a Bal­istyle in­stead it has more of a con­tem­po­rary sanc­tu­ary feel,” Mrs Utama said.

“The frangi­pani and mango trees in the back­yard caught our eye when we first saw it.

“We could just tell with a great back­yard like that it would be fan­tas­tic for our daugh­ter Risa who was three when we moved in.”

Mrs Utama said the fam­ily had given the house a few fresh up­dates over the years but had re­tained the trop­i­cal vibe.

She said her favourite part about the house was the strik­ing view from the mo­ment she opened the front door.

“You get a view that runs right down the cen­tre of the house and out to the gar­den,” she said.

Tucked away in the “se­cret gar­den” is a play­ground and climb­ing fort. Or­na­men­tal ponds cre­ate a Zen-like style and com­ple­ments the leafy gar­dens and pool.

Mrs Utama de­scribed the prop­erty as tran­quil.

“The great part about the gar­dens is that be­cause there is a lot of glass in­side you can get dif­fer­ent views from dif­fer­ent ar­eas of the house,” she said. “There are a lot of places to sit and re­lax.”

Some of the light-filled spa­ces in­clude a sunken for­mal lounge, sep­a­rate liv­ing room

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