The Weekend Post - Real Estate
LAP OF BEACH LUXURY
Not one but two private beaches await the new owner of this sprawling 8.5ha property at Garners Beach which has approval for 10 lots
THE potential location of the Far North’s next premium luxury residential estate, which would give owners access to two private beaches and World Heritage rainforest, has entered the market.
This 8.5ha absolute beachfront property at 43 Esplanade, Garners Beach, is being offered with development approval of 10 lots plus an existing luxury house on its own title.
Listed with Mission Beach Real Estate’s Steve Wiltshire for $5.2m, the veteran agent was the last to sell the rare property more than a decade ago and said there was only one other similar property comparable.
“I’ve lived on Bedarra Island, and this is the closest thing to having an island that you have access to via a road,” Mr Wiltshire said.
“There is access to two virtually private beaches and 8.5ha of forest.”
The picturesque property has had a freehold title for decades and was previously owned by an investment company, with no development, who Mr Wilshire sold to.
Then, in 2002, again through Mr Wiltshire, it was sold to current owners Paul and Lynda Williams who eventually built the first house on the 8.5ha parcel.
Mr and Mrs Williams had business ties to the renewable energy sector in the United States, before a retirement plan set them sailing across the Pacific Ocean in search of the “perfect property”.
“We wanted to prove you could have a good lifestyle and be energy efficient,” Mr Williams said. “So we looked all around the world and this was the perfect property to live off the grid.”
On it, the couple have built a luxury threebedroom, three-bathroom house that features seven outdoor undercover areas, all with ocean views.
“We wanted it to be up-market and have all the features but we wanted to show it was possible using passive features for cooling and ventilating.
“So we talked to a lot of architects and designers but eventually settled for Paul Clout.
“It features fairly heavyweight construction, which can stand up to the weather and it’s also cooler, with resort-style features. It has nice curves and just good, sensible thermal principles, solar and rainwater collection.
“It’s also won sustainability awards locally, and at state and national level.”
With 10 additional lots already approved, Mr Wilshire said each lot would have an estimated value above $1m and the site also had approvals for a conservation area, walking tracks, a bush retreat as well as an inclinator to give future residents easy access to their private beach.
Each lot is private and secluded from neighbours, yet elevated and features remarkable views out to the Coral Sea and King Reef off Kurrimine Beach.
Mr Wilshire said the lots varied in size but were between 1200-1500sq m
“Paul has a vision of the whole group being off the grid, and he’s designed a luxury system that can power everything without public service including the aircon.
“And he’s willing to work with buyers if they wanted to be completely off the grid too,” he said.