Epit­ome of coastal chic

Gold Coast de­vel­oper Phil Usher has re­leased the last of three ar­chi­tect-de­signed homes that he has built in the ex­clu­sive sub­urb of Mer­maid Beach

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

GOLD Coast de­vel­oper Phil Usher is sell­ing his beach­side haven in Mer­maid Beach.

Mr Usher, who di­ver­si­fied into re­tire­ment villages well be­fore the GFC and then sold his in­ter­ests to a na­tional re­tire­ment village op­er­a­tion, un­der­took a bou­tique three-home de­vel­op­ment in Seashell Av­enue.

A Mer­maid Beach res­i­dent for more than 20 years, Mr Usher has sold two and has placed the third on the mar­ket.

The Hamp­tons-in­spired three-bed­room, two-bath­room home was de­signed specif­i­cally for down­siz­ers.

“Af­ter my years in the re­tire­ment in­dus­try, I looked around Mer­maid Beach and found there was not a lot of qual­ity, free stand­ing, free­hold homes in Mer­maid Beach that were suit­able for down­siz­ers,’’ said Mr Usher.

“We then found this block, which sits only 120m from the beach, and it was suit­able for three homes.

“The three homes were ar­chi­tec­turally de­signed with down­siz­ers in mind.”

Mr Usher said the “Haven” was built over

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