Isle site of the ‘iconic’ Coast home

The Max Christ­mas fam­ily home on the Isle of Capri rep­re­sents the all-round life­style this unique sea­side re­gion is so well known for

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

HE’S the god­fa­ther of Gold Coast prop­erty, so it’s no sur­prise Max Christ­mas’ fam­ily home is some­thing spe­cial.

The prop­erty vet­eran and for­mer coun­cil­lor has owned his trop­i­cal haven with wife Liz on the Isle of Capri since 1998.

He knows a win­ning lo­ca­tion and he said his Amalfi Drive res­i­dence ticks all the boxes.

“It’s on the main river and has a north­east as­pect,” Mr Christ­mas said.

“I’ve been on the Coast for over 60 years and I’ve grown up with the green­ery, the river, canals, the whole Gold Coast life­style and this house def­i­nitely in­cor­po­rates that life­style.

“It catches all the nat­u­ral el­e­ments – the sun, the breeze, the north­east as­pect – not many houses have all of those qual­i­ties, that true Gold Coast at­mos­phere.”

While the house has been mod­ernised over the years, the out­look over the river has only got bet­ter.

“It’s changed as more high-rises have come along – it’s very at­trac­tive look­ing out to all the lights at night time,” Mr Christ­mas said.

The four-bed­room, three-bath­room house is de­scribed as a “se­cluded sanc­tu­ary” with the new owner sure to make the most of the pri­vacy and tran­quil­lity on offer. “It’s got some beau­ti­ful trees and it’s al­most like a rain­for­est, it’s very un­usual,” he said.

Out the back you are spoiled for choice with plenty of space to en­ter­tain and un­wind.

“With a lot of out­door ar­eas on the Coast you have to be aware of the south­east winds as you usu­ally can’t use the river­front but this house is pro­tected by the trees and plants,” Mr Christ­mas said.

Relax in the river­front pool and en­ter­tain on the deck or cov­ered al fresco area where a servery win­dow makes ac­com­mo­dat­ing guests a breeze.

Back in­side, and at­ten­tion to de­tail is ob­vi­ous. From the mar­ble benches in the kitchen, the high-end materials in the bath­rooms, through to the tim­ber ac­cents, in­clud­ing plan­ta­tion shut­ters and floor­boards, no ex­pense has been spared in the con­struc­tion of this im­mac­u­late home.

Mr Christ­mas and his wife have five chil­dren be­tween them and said the house had been the per­fect fam­ily home. “It’s a real en­ter­tainer’s home,” he said. “It’s been the fam­ily gath­er­ing place for 20 years.”

Mr Christ­mas raved about the Isle of Capri and said he was only sell­ing to down­size. He plans to stay on the is­land.

“In my opin­ion it’s the best place to live on the Gold Coast,” he said. “It’s a fam­ily area.”

Ed­die Wardale of Kol­losche Pres­tige Agents is mar­ket­ing the prop­erty.

“Sit­u­ated in an en­vi­able lo­ca­tion, take ad­van­tage of be­ing within easy walk­ing dis­tance to iconic Surfers Par­adise, yet still make the most of the pri­vacy and tran­quil­lity on offer due to its in­tel­li­gent de­sign and the lush land­scaped gar­dens which en­case this im­mac­u­late fam­ily home,” Mr Wardale said.

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