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
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.