Au­then­tic Hamp­tons

The ven­dors of this spec­tac­u­lar Hamp­tons-style wa­ter­front res­i­dence in the heart of South­port stopped at noth­ing to achieve their dream de­sign

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

ASIDE from the iconic, glit­ter­ing city sky­line and river vista, you could be for­given for feel­ing like you’re on Long Is­land, en­sconced in this el­e­gant, coastal-style man­sion with tim­ber pan­elling, ocean-in­spired pal­ettes and plenty of nat­u­ral light.

And given the lengths the ven­dors of this South­port res­i­dence went to recre­ate the clas­sic Hamp­tons ar­chi­tec­ture, it’s easy to see how.

“We wanted ab­so­lutely tra­di­tional Hamp­tons, we even im­ported the shin­gle roof from Amer­ica,” said ven­dor Greg Matthews.

“It was re­ally my wife’s choice, she just loves the over­all ar­chi­tec­tural style.”

Julie Matthews, who has a back­ground in in­te­rior style and de­sign, even trav­elled to the Hamp­tons to search for in­spi­ra­tion and source decor be­fore the cou­ple be­gan to build.

“When most of our other homes sold, they went fully fur­nished be­cause peo­ple wanted what she had done in­side,” said Mr Matthews, a re­tired busi­ness­man.

This wa­ter­front project was an easy de­ci­sion.

“We built it about four years ago, we de­mol­ished the old house,” Mr Matthews said.

“We didn’t even need to look at the old house when we bought the block ... it was just an un­beat­able lo­ca­tion.”

The east-fac­ing block, shel­tered by a gated, Cy­press tree-lined drive­way, trans­lates to spec­tac­u­lar vis­tas, matched only by the sheer grandeur of the home.

The sec­ond storey “floats” with huge voids, with the in­te­rior ac­cen­tu­ated by Amer­i­can Oak floor­ing, cor­nices and Amer­i­can plan­ta­tion shut­ters and decor.

The in­te­rior of­fers up the ‘suite life’ — the

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