Pent­house per­fec­tion

It’s cer­tainly easy to un­der­stand why one lucky fam­ily has held on tightly to this ex­cep­tional two-level Main Beach res­i­dence for three decades

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

IT’S not of­ten a prop­erty of this cal­i­bre hits the Gold Coast mar­ket.

In fact, it has been 31 years since the De Ville Apart­ments pent­house in Main Beach has been for sale. Dur­ing those decades, the four-bed­room res­i­dence has been a hol­i­day haven for the McEniery fam­ily.

The late De­nis and Eileen McEniery bought the prop­erty on lev­els 26 and 27 in 1986. The cou­ple had bought the sub­pent­house in the build­ing five years ear­lier.

“I was told my grand­fa­ther went up­stairs to the auc­tion in the lift just wear­ing shorts and no shirt and ended up win­ning the auc­tion,” said grand­son Will Grif­fin.

The north-fac­ing prop­erty has great views from sunrise to sun­set of the ocean, ma­rina, Hin­ter­land, park­land and the city lights.

“On a clear day you can see the Tower of Ter­ror at Dream­world,” Mr Grif­fin said.

“My grand­par­ents’ favourite thing to do was have a scotch while look­ing out to the Broad­wa­ter and up to the ma­rina.

“Ev­ery af­ter­noon at sun­set you would find them on the deck on the lower level.”

The two-level pent­house stands out with its rooftop pool, sun-loung­ing deck, two wet bars, sauna, spa and ex­pan­sive for­mal and liv­ing ar­eas.

“Up­stairs is ba­si­cally op­er­ated purely for en­ter­tain­ing while the bed­rooms are on the lower level,” Mr Grif­fin said.

The apart­ment has been ex­ten­sively ren­o­vated and trans­formed from its ’70s look to a mod­ern abode.

“We’ve ti­died it up and made it a lot more mod­ern,” he said. “It’s been painted, had new floor­ing and new electrics and the bath­rooms, kitchen and pool have all been re­fur­bished.”

Mr Grif­fin said the pent­house had plenty of fam­ily mem­o­ries as­so­ci­ated with it.

“The ma­jor thing that stands out is the num­ber of fam­ily Christ­mas gath­er­ings we had there,” he said.

“There were 12 grand­chil­dren and six great grand­chil­dren and we spent a lot of Christ­mases at The De Ville.

“With the pool on the rooftop it was like out own lit­tle beach house.

“There were kids ev­ery­where. Be­cause it is so big, you could have a lot of peo­ple up there and there was still plenty of room.”

He said the fam­ily was sad to be let­ting the prop­erty go but the time had come to sell.

“We just can’t make use of it like we used to,” Mr Grif­fin said.

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