SMART SISTERS BEHIND FLIP ON TENNIS GREAT’S ESTATE
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.