A new era of beach liv­ing

An old beach shack once stood on this Bilinga block but a tow­er­ing sea­side man­sion with lux­ury fea­tures and stun­ning views has taken its place

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - Property - - HOUSE OF THE WEEK - WORDS JES­SICA BROWN

TRA­DI­TIONAL beach shacks are grad­u­ally mak­ing way for tow­er­ing sea­side man­sions.

But who wouldn’t knock them down if a home with a seem­ingly end­less list of lux­ury fea­tures de­signed to make the most of the ocean views could be built in its place?

This Bilinga prop­erty on Pa­cific Pa­rade is a per­fect ex­am­ple.

Own­ers Kay and Trevor John­son bought the beach­front block in 2007 with the in­ten­sion of build­ing their dream home.

“At that stage, it had an old beach shack on it that had been built in the 1940s and was in a fairly di­lap­i­dated state,” Dr John­son said.

“We were al­ways go­ing to knock it down and build a new house.”

They en­listed renowned Coast ar­chi­tect Paul Uhlmann to de­sign their five-bed­room, three-bath­room home, which was built in 2011.

“We had a lot to do with the ex­ter­nal form,” Dr John­son said.

“My wife and I spec­i­fied the look and feel we wanted for the build­ing.”

It wasn’t un­til 2012 that they moved into the three-storey home, which has its own lift.

Glass, stone and western red cedar tim­ber fea­ture heav­ily on the house’s ex­te­rior form.

In­side, a soar­ing 6m void al­lows light to flood the main liv­ing area.

There are two bed­rooms on the ground floor, one of which has a kitch­enette, as well as a triple garage and me­dia room that flows onto a cov­ered pa­tio.

The sec­ond floor is the main liv­ing area with a com­bined lounge, din­ing and kitchen, ocean view ter­race and two bed­rooms.

The top floor is ded­i­cated to the master bed­room, which has an en­suite, walk-in wardrobe, wrap­around ocean view ter­race and of­fice space.

“That bed­room has views ex­tend­ing from Surfers Paradise to Coolan­gatta,” Dr John­son said.

Land­scaped gar­dens sur­round a so­lar heated swim­ming pool while a path lead­ing to the ocean is right in front of the house.

The pop­u­lar Mervyn Roys cafe is a short walk away while Tu­gun Vil­lage and Coolan­gatta’s restau­rants and shops are close by.

Dr John­son, who works in Bris­bane, said it was al­ways re­lax­ing to re­turn to his Coast home.

“We were very happy with the out­come,” Dr John­son said.

“We spend a lot of time on the front ve­randa, it’s very re­lax­ing.”

They were re­luc­tant to leave the house as they planned to re­side there for the rest of their lives.

“At the end of the day, it’s sim­ply be­come a bit large for us,” Dr John­son said. “It will be a shame to leave the house but it’s just time for us to move to some­thing smaller.”

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