Sparkling sanc­tu­ary

Christina Guidotti’s San­torini-in­spired pad leads the way in lux­ury, writes Alex Til­bury

The Courier-Mail - Property - - REALESTATE HOUSE OF THE WEEK -

SOME lo­cals who live in Auchen­flower know it as “the flower”.

Christina Guidotti’s home at 92 Hume St, Auchen­flower, sits in the heart of the “flower”.

Her home has al­ways been a spe­cial place as it is where her busi­ness as one of Aus­tralia’s lead­ing ex­perts on suc­cess, be­lief, con­vic­tion and com­mit­ment was cre­ated and blos­somed.

Ms Guidotti is a pro­lific author who wrote How to Have It All in 2012 which has many prac­ti­cal pro­duc­tiv­ity tips, fol­lowed by 2014’s True Be­liev­ers – a best­seller about build­ing sus­tain­able tribes of true be­liev­ers through the power of con­vic­tion and com­mit­ment.

Her third book, Sell It Like You Mean It, about mas­ter­ing “con­vic­tion sell­ing” will be pub­lished this year.

“I did a lot of writ­ing in this north-fac­ing study, it’s very quiet. It’s a per­fectly peace­ful and tran­quil set­ting,” Ms Guidotti said.

For more than 25 years, Ms Guidotti has walked her own ex­tra­or­di­nary path as a mum and busi­ness leader with ex­ten­sive sales, lead­er­ship, pro­duc­tiv­ity and mind­set ex­per­tise.

Four years ago, she founded her Lead­ing Women busi­ness which runs a series of trans­for­ma­tional pro­grams and events that are aimed at en­er­gis­ing women from all walks of life to achieve last­ing suc­cess and em­pow­er­ment.

Her ar­chi­tec­tural­ly­de­signed, five-bed­room home at Auchen­flower is be­ing mar­keted by Ray White New Farm sales dy­namo Chris­tine Ru­dolph.

Ms Ru­dolph con­sid­ers Ms Guidotti a life­long friend and men­tor, who was in fact the first boss in real es­tate many years ago. In a per­fect cir­cle-oflife story, Ms Ru­dolph was one of the first peo­ple Ms Guidotti sought ad­vice from about the block of land on Hume St when she found it back in 2001.

“My hus­band Al­berto and I had been look­ing for a prime block of land in 2006 and we found it here. I re­mem­ber­ing show­ing it to Chris­tine then – she was al­ways in my net­work,” Ms Guidotti said.

“We didn’t build on it for a few years as we were work­ing on de­signs with our ar­chi­tect Si­mon Green­halgh and ev­ery­one has com­mented on the ar­chi­tec­ture.

“We wanted all the liv­ing up one end, with the for­mal and ca­sual up one end, and we wanted the sleep­ing and quiet pavil­ion at the other end. That is where I wrote all my books.

“It’s so quiet and tucked away here but we are only one street away from Bird­wood Tce. I med­i­tate in the court­yard in the morn­ings, it’s so lovely.

“I say my grat­i­tude piece, and my val­ues and hav­ing this house as my sanc­tu­ary makes me grate­ful.

“It’s easy to ex­er­cise around here and there’s so many lovely cof­fee shops around.

“All these decks here all face north­east, and I love the sun and lap­ping up the vi­ta­min D.

“To get the el­e­va­tion here, it re­quired a lot of engi­neer­ing to get this home out of the ground, es­pe­cially with the pool and the spa. I in­sisted on the spa on the top deck.

“We de­lib­er­ately de­signed it so you can cap­i­talise on the view. I fought hard for the spa on the deck, I wanted to be able to sit on the deck and soak in the view, in the wa­ter.

“It’s the clos­est thing I can get to San­torini.”

The view from the top storey of Ms Guidotti’s magazine-style home takes in the mo­saic of Auchen­flower rooftops reach­ing out to the CBD.

The in­te­rior is very neu­tral with white walls ( just like San­torini) and black­butt tim­ber floor­ing, with deep mir­rors to cre­ate an il­lu­sion of more space.

“The thing that is unique about this prop­erty is that it’s got a four-car garage. My hus­band Al­berto is into his toys and has VWs and mo­tor­bikes, so it’s great if you need ex­tra space,” Ms Guidotti said.

Un­der the con­crete floor in the garage is a 70,000-litre wa­ter tank that cap­tures wa­ter off the roof which runs the toi­lets and the wash­ing ma­chine, mak­ing this a sus­tain­able house.

The gourmet kitchen fea­tures a back­lit Onyx is­land bench, a suite of Miele ap­pli­ances, walk-in pantry, Co­rian bench tops, wine fridge and abun­dant stor­age in soft­close cab­i­netry.

Ms Ru­dolph said this home would make a per­fect in­ner city sanc­tu­ary for a busy ex­ec­u­tive fam­ily.

“It’s been beau­ti­fully in­spired by San­torini,” she said.

“As a key­note speaker Christina is a stand­out … and her home is so el­e­gant, what an hon­our it is to mar­ket it.”

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