‘North­cove’ by name and na­ture

A Gold Coast real­tor is de­ter­mined to sell his gor­geous Broad­beach Wa­ters home af­ter trans­form­ing it into a Hamp­tons-style haven

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - Property - - FRONT PAGE - WORDS ANNA RAWL­INGS

WITH its tree-lined drive­way me­an­der­ing past a flood­lit ten­nis court to the Hamp­tons res­i­dence, which over­looks a pri­vate beach, tran­quil wide wa­ter cove and water­front lawn, ‘North­cove’ is full of sur­prises.

Ven­dor Michael Wellems and his wife Dayna can at­test to that.

“We use the ten­nis court a lot more than we ever thought we would,” Mr Wellems said.

The cou­ple re­built the home last year, trans­form­ing it into a water­front oa­sis for their fam­ily of five.

Mrs Wellems drew on her fash­ion back­ground to de­sign and style their abode her­self.

She went to such lengths as sourc­ing the orig­i­nal con­trac­tors who in­stalled the cab­i­netry, to re­turn and fit out ad­di­tions.

“I wanted ev­ery­thing to be neu­tral, to com­ple­ment the house, it’s a beach house to us,” she said.

“If it’s not navy, white or beige, it’s not al­lowed.”

Mrs Wellems said the house had lent it­self to rais­ing their fam­ily — her two sons, aged 17 and 12, and the cou­ple’s tod­dler daugh­ter.

Mr Wellems said it had been a fantastic fam­ily home.

“I think like ev­ery­one you’re house­proud and you like your home be­cause you’ve got re­ally good mem­o­ries of it,” Mr Wellems, who has been in the Gold Coast real es­tate in­dus­try for 23 years, said.

The fam­ily have loved fish­ing off the pri­vate pon­toon, splash­ing around in the pool and kick­ing back in the large me­dia room — the res­i­dence it­self is the ul­ti­mate kids play­ground but as a fin­ish­ing touch, there’s also a match­ing tim­ber kids play set in the back­yard.

In­side, the home fea­tures a mod­ern kitchen, master bed­room with huge walk-in robe and three more bed­rooms plus a study.

Mar­ble fin­ishes off­set the neu­tral tones and open spa­ces.

Head­ing out­side, the man­i­cured lawns and fore­front po­si­tion en­cap­su­late the prop­erty in a tran­quil hush, world’s away from the buzz of Surfers Par­adise, nearby trans­port cor­ri­dors, sky­scrapers and cranes.

“The area just keeps get­ting bet­ter, you’re walk­ing dis­tance to the beach re­ally. You get in your car and you’re two min­utes from Pa­cific Fair, one of the best shop­ping cen­tres in the coun­try,” Mr Willems said.

Schools, the light rail and the cafes of Broad­beach are also a short dis­tance away.

“In gen­eral, I think any cen­tral lo­ca­tion in any grow­ing city around the world is a great long-term in­vest­ment,” Mr Willems said.

“The closer you are to the beach, the closer you are to the heart of the city, the more it grows in value, the quicker it grows in value.” So why would one leave? “My wife and I bought a prop­erty that we al­ways would have loved to have bought years ago, so we’re very se­ri­ous and de­ter­mined about mak­ing sure this is sold,” he said.

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