Taste of time­less Ital­ian style

The Courier-Mail - Property - - REALESTATE MARKET PLACE - HAN­NAH MCDON­ALD

A RES­I­DENCE of mag­nif­i­cent dis­tinc­tion, Ri­vadere is a fu­sion of cus­tom fin­ishes and be­spoke de­tail­ing on a 2725sq m river­front block.

Real es­tate agent Jason Ad­cock said no ex­pense was spared in the de­sign of the house, which came to­gether af­ter 12 months of plan­ning and another 18 months of con­struc­tion.

“The own­ers bought the orig­i­nal prop­erty in 2006 and de­mol­ished it to cre­ate a res­i­dence rem­i­nis­cent of Ital­ian re­nais­sance ar­chi­tec­ture,” he said.

“They en­vi­sioned a time­less de­sign that would never date, and in my 22 years of real es­tate it’s one of the nicest prop­er­ties I’ve had the plea­sure of selling.

“The en­tire house is built from re­in­forced con­crete which is some­thing you just don’t see in Bris­bane, and its river frontage of 43m is triple the size of many other frontages in the area.”

Another no­table fea­ture is the flood­lit ten­nis court that sits along­side a drive­way lined by palms.

En­ter the house and be greeted by a foyer boast­ing black and white checker­board floor­ing, a chan­de­lier and mar­ble stair­case to the up­per level.

To the left, a games room fea­tur­ing a fire­place and vel­vet wall­pa­per works in har­mony with the res­i­dence’s re­nais­sance style, while an of­fice to the right of the en­trance is dec­o­rated in shades of gold.

Dou­ble doors from these rooms open to Juli­ette bal­conies fac­ing the front of the prop­erty.

Past the foyer, an open-plan liv­ing, din­ing and kitchen space is taste­fully fin­ished with Euro­pean mar­ble floors and ac­cen­tu­ated by bi-fold win­dows and doors tak­ing full ad­van­tage of views over the Bris­bane River.

A cov­ered out­door area in­clud­ing a kitchen also makes the most of the pic­turesque out­look. From here, a grassy patch leads to a heated pool and down a set of stairs to an es­tab­lished gar­den and the river’s edge.

Back in­side, a li­brary ad­joins the liv­ing space while a laun­dry and pow­der room com­plete the floor. A lift in the foyer leads to the up­per and lower lev­els.

Up­stairs, a hall­way leads left to the main bed­room fea­tur­ing a vestibule decked by four Euro­pean col­umns. It also has a walk-in wardrobe, an en­suite with a spa and steam shower and ac­cess to a rear bal­cony.

Three other bed­rooms, two with en­suites and walk-in wardrobes, also open to the bal­cony.

At the op­po­site end of the hall­way are a bath­room and another bed­room.

The sixth bed­room is on the lower level of the res­i­dence and in­cludes a kitch­enette, walk-in wardrobe, an en­suite and ac­cess to a side court­yard fea­tur­ing a bath­room.

Also on the lower level are a 5000-bot­tle wine cel­lar, a theatre room, pow­der room and five-car garage with a work­shop.

Other fea­tures in­clude a boat house and slip­way, un­der­floor heat­ing to all bath­rooms, an ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem, CCTV se­cu­rity and airconditioning.

There is also an ex­ten­sive range of tech­nol­ogy, in­clud­ing an elec­tron­ics sys­tem con­trol­ling all lights, blinds and an au­dio vis­ual sys­tem.

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