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Gold Coast Ti­tans de­part­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Gra­ham An­nes­ley has put his sprawl­ing re­sort­style Sor­rento home on the mar­ket

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - Property - - FRONT PAGE - WORDS ALEISHA DAW­SON

HE’S known for his no-non­sense ap­proach with the me­dia but Ti­tans boss Gra­ham An­nes­ley loves noth­ing more than re­lax­ing by his pool be­hind closed doors.

The de­part­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive who will leave the Gold Coast Ti­tans next month, has put his lux­u­ri­ous Gold Coast home on the mar­ket.

The for­mer top ref­eree will head back to Syd­ney to be­come the NRL’s head of elite foot­ball pro­grams.

“There’s a lot I’ll miss about the Gold Coast – mostly I’ll miss the peo­ple,” An­nes­ley said. “It’s such a wel­com­ing place and ev­ery­one’s been so hos­pitable and gone out of their way to make us feel wel­come.”

“There’s the ob­vi­ous ad­van­tages as well – the beau­ti­ful cli­mate, the fan­tas­tic beaches and the city’s prox­im­ity to a ma­jor cap­i­tal city in Bris­bane.”

An­nes­ley joined the Ti­tans un­der the pre­vi­ous own­er­ship of Michael Searle and has steered the club through nu­mer­ous crises in­clud­ing a co­caine scan­dal, the club’s fi­nan­cial col­lapse, the takeover by the NRL and ul­ti­mate sale to Dar­ryl Kelly and Re­becca Frizelle who plan to gift the team back to the lo­cal com­mu­nity when it is fi­nan­cially strong enough.

An­nes­ley and wife Erica bought their Sor­rento home in 2015, drawn to its re­sort­style vibes, pri­vacy and un­usual floor­plan where the lap pool is the cen­tre­piece of the house.

“It’s a beau­ti­ful house,” he said. “It’s a bit like be­ing in a re­sort. It’s a very pri­vate place and we hear very lit­tle from any neigh­bours.

Lo­cated in a cul-de-sac in the Riviera Es­tate, the one-off home was de­signed to em­brace an in­door-out­door life­style.

“The house has got two main build­ings that are con­nected by a walk­way that runs di­rectly along­side the swim­ming pool.”

There are three liv­ing ar­eas over­look­ing the heated lap pool while a cov­ered pool­side en­ter­tain­ing area comes com­plete with a built-in bar­be­cue, wine fridges, and a pro­jec­tor and screen.

“In sum­mer we’re out­side on the out­side fur­ni­ture by the pool and in the cooler months, we’re largely in the liv­ing room,” An­nes­ley said.

“I’ve got two daugh­ters who live in Syd­ney and the come up on a rea­son­ably reg­u­lar ba­sis and the love it.

“Ev­ery­one loves com­ing to the Gold Coast, even if it’s just for a week­end.”

The prop­erty also has a half-sized ten­nis court, triple garage, wa­ter tank and low­main­te­nance gar­dens.

An­nes­ley said the prop­erty would suit a range of po­ten­tial buy­ers.

“It’s a house that could cer­tainly suit pro­fes­sional peo­ple and it would be equally suit­able for fam­i­lies par­tic­u­larly with the two liv­ing ar­eas be­ing sep­a­rate.”

“Although it’s one sin­gle prop­erty it’s al­most like two sep­a­rate res­i­dences.”

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