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
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.”