Utopia lives up to grand design brief
Set in its own lush private acreage, this resortstyle home is still just minutes away from city amenities and the Robina Town Centre
JOHN and Caroline Carrett develop resorts for a living so it’s no surprise their family home resembles one.
Upon entry to the 9841sq m acreage retreat in Mudgeeraba’s exclusive Jabiru Estate, it’s obvious 11 Jarema Drive is something special.
Mr and Mrs Carrett bought the block of land in 2007; they had the first pick of the new estate.
“We bought the first block here,” Mr Carrett said. “When we first bought it there was just a sign out the front that said ‘interested?’ with a phone number.”
With five children, the location was paramount. “Our kids were at Somerset College and Caroline was driving many miles each day from Palm Beach. Living here has been so convenient; we’re two minutes to the school and two minutes to Robina Town Centre yet we are surrounded by wallabies.”
The house took 15 months to build and another 12 months to finish the landscaping.
A winding driveway through a “rainforest jungle” creates a sense of tranquillity while a Port cochere entry provides a grand welcome.
The initial house brief was simple: “I promised the kids Utopia many years ago and I had to deliver on it,” Mr Carrett said.
“Our background is in motel resort development so we just wanted to build something along those lines.”
And that they did. A tennis court, lap pool, spa, sauna, sculpture garden and soccer field are just some of the luxury additions to their sprawling property. That’s not to mention the six bedrooms including four with their own private lounges, commercial-scale kitchen, bar and nine formal and informal living areas in the 1343sq m residence.
High ceilings, wide hallways, hardwood flooring and floor-to-ceiling glass enables the interiors to combine with the tropical setting.
From a two-way in-wall aquarium, billiard room, gym, cinema with tiered seating, sewing room library, cloak room and separate studio pavilion, no expense has been spared.
“It’s a lovely house with plenty of room,” he said. “Everyone has their own space.”
Most of the living areas are on the ground floor and flow outside with alfresco areas overlooking both the tennis court and pool.
The kitchen offers a raft of luxury features including breakfast bar, island bench topped in high-tech solid surfaces, walk-in pantry, two dishwashers and a bar with a bi-fold window server. There are also two ensuite bedrooms on the ground floor. The remaining four bedrooms are upstairs along with the library and another sitting area.
Entertaining has played a big role for the Carrett family with birthdays and graduation parties popular.
“We have had rock bands down on the tennis court as well as jumping castles. It’s been a great family home with a lot of good times.”
The family are selling, with plans to downsize on the Coast.