The ul­ti­mate beach house

As soon as you step out the back door of this im­pres­sive is­land home, white sand is at your feet and the ocean stretches as far as the eye can see

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - Property - - FRONT PAGE - WORDS MICHELLE HELE

WHEN Sue Feen­stra steps out the back door of her home at Ephraim Is­land, she is straight on the beach.

It was this amaz­ing wa­ter­front ac­cess which first at­tracted Mrs Feen­stra and her hus­band to the prop­erty when they bought it just a year ago.

They had ad­mired it for a long time and when it came on the mar­ket were quick to snap it up.

“We lived at Sovereign Is­land be­fore and we al­ways went past it (the house) when we came by on the boat and I would look across and I’d think, ‘wow those peo­ple that live in there are so lucky’.

“There are only three beach houses (at Ephraim) that are ac­tu­ally on the beach, so when it came up for sale that was it, we thought, ‘we are do­ing this’. We bought it in a week. It’s just so unique you lit­er­ally go out of your back steps and you step down onto the beach and into the wa­ter.’’

With their daugh­ters now no longer liv­ing in the area, Mrs Feen­stra said they had re­alised that the house was just too big for the two of them. They have de­cided to down­size and give a larger fam­ily an op­por­tu­nity to live in the home.

“We are sort of empty nest­ing in a very large nest, ‘’ she said.

“It has been a very big strug­gle to get to this point, to reach this de­ci­sion (to sell) because you think where else do we get this (sort of home). It is just a stun­ning po­si­tion.

“If the house was half the size it was, we’d prob­a­bly stay here for ever.

Mrs Feen­stra said as well as the un­beat­able lo­ca­tion it had mul­ti­ple beau­ti­ful ar­eas in­side.

“It has been all fully ren­o­vated, so the kitchen is re­ally stun­ning. I re­ally like this as­pect. When you walk into the en­trance and the doors are open you have this mas­sive breath­tak­ing view of the wa­ter and as you go up the stairs, the stairs are glass too, so you ac­tu­ally all the time wher­ever you are, you are look­ing out at the wa­ter. ’’

Mrs Feen­stra of­ten heard guests’ sud­den in­take of break when they en­tered the home for the first time and saw the in­cred­i­ble view.

But she said the house de­served to be used to its full po­ten­tial and would ap­peal to a larger fam­ily. It is so spa­cious, all the bed­rooms are dou­ble rooms with en­suites.

The cus­tom-built Paul Clout de­signed beach house has un­in­ter­rupted views of the Broad­wa­ter and South Strad­broke Is­land.

There are sep­a­rate liv­ing ar­eas through­out as well as two sep­a­rate din­ing ar­eas, all of these open onto ter­races and decks and there is a heated swim­ming pool.

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