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The builder of a one-of-a-kind architectu­rally designed home at Murrumba Downs has created a masterpiec­e with a standout suspended swimming pool. The new build, at 8 River Vista Crescent, is a creation by Brisbane builder James Harvey, of Harveybuil­d.

The five-bedroom, three-bathroom home sits on a 1546 sqm block atop Castle Hill Estate and is less than 30 minutes from Brisbane’s CBD.

Mr Harvey had not considered a suspended pool until he started designing the two-level home.

“I realised I wanted to give the house a bit more depth,” he said.

Having named the home Dakota after his daughter, now 2, Mr Harvey said it “just seemed fitting”.

He said his daughter did not really connect with him until around the time he started building the house. “It’s just special”.

Having previously developed neighbouri­ng 8B River Vista Crescent, Mr Harvey said it was the first of its style in Castle Hill.

“This time we have spent more money and have nailed it for 8 River Vista,” he said.

“All you see is trees and mountains, it’s great. “When you stand in the kitchen and look out at the view, it’s breathtaki­ng”.

He said 8B River Vista sold in 2019 for $1.54M and is expecting his latest creation to sell for “a lot more” when it goes to auction on April 1.

“The market is pretty hot right now,” he said. The home features polished concrete, oak flooring and floor-to-ceiling glass.

An open-plan living and dining area is on the upper level and seamlessly connects to a covered deck.

The kitchen features marble waterfall benchtops, a breakfast bar, an oversized butler’s pantry, wine storage, top-of-the-line appliances and ample cupboard storage.

Downstairs there is a rumpus room which opens out to another covered deck and the swimming pool. There is also a polished concrete gym and an attached bathroom on this level.

Mr Harvey said an executive couple with children would enjoy the luxe home.

“They don’t really have to leave, there’s a gym and an office here”.

Place Ascot selling agent Nicholas Loftus said a potential buyer who owned 25 aces in Queenstown (New Zealand) described the property as “inner-city living with the beauty of the outdoors”.

“You just can’t get views anywhere else like this,” Mr Loftus said.

“James isn’t your run-of-the-mill builder, you can see the way he has built the home, he is very meticulous”.

The property goes to auction on Thursday, April 1 at 12noon on site.

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