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

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

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.

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