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