SMART SIS­TERS BE­HIND FLIP ON TEN­NIS GREAT’S ES­TATE

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - BRICKS AND MORTAR - SO­PHIE FOS­TER

TWO in­cred­i­ble sis­ters have tripled the value of real es­tate de­vel­oped by ten­nis great Pat Rafter – thanks to a 108-year-old house.

To­nia Star­tari and Rachelle Baker landed a $1.01 mil­lion cheque off prop­erty af­ter turn­ing around land they bought off the for­mer world ten­nis cham­pion in Rafter Coun­try in May last year at a $17,500 dis­count.

They paid $347,500 for the block, which is a good price con­sid­er­ing the pop­u­lar­ity of the greater Noosa hin­ter­land area.

“We loved the Rafter Es­tate as soon as we drove in; rolling hills, great views, wildlife and tran­quil­lity. It was a no brainier for us,” Ms Star­tari told The Sun­day-Mail.

They al­ready had the house - a circa 1910 Gold Coast home called Se­a­bank.

While the num­bers for Se­a­bank have not been discussed, Bris­bane clients of Queens­land House Re­movers can gen­er­ally buy an old home and re­lo­cate it in the city for about $60,000, with a fur­ther $40,000 in coun­cil costs when they get to the site for things such as util- ity con­nec­tions, fin­ishes and other ap­provals.

The sis­ters went all out to bring back “all the ro­mance of a by­gone era”, restor­ing orig­i­nal fea­tures, VJ walls, tim­ber fret­work and the hard­wood floors. French doors, full length ve­ran­das, Cae­sar­stone bench­tops, a porce­lain dou­ble sink and a walkin pantry were a must, as was a new type of in­fin­ity pool – a cir­cu­lar con­crete struc­ture that’s 4.5m in di­am­e­ter. The home also has a firepit, land­scaped gar­dens and a free­stand­ing 40sq m stu­dio that could eas­ily be used for guests if nec­es­sary.

“We knew some­one would fall in love with the new and im­proved Se­a­bank just like we did,” Ms Star­tari said of the mas­sive reno.

TRANS­FORMED: Rachelle Baker and To­nia Star­tari at their Eu­mundi prop­erty.

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