Soar­ing to heights of opu­lence

The pen­t­house in one of Main Beach’s most ex­clu­sive build­ings has hit the mar­ket for a sev­en­fig­ure sum match­ing its fea­tures and de­sign

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - Property - - FRONT PAGE - WORDS ANNA RAWL­INGS

THE pen­t­house in one of Main Beach’s most ex­clu­sive build­ings has hit the mar­ket.

The lux­u­ri­ous res­i­dence oc­cu­pies the top four lev­els of the Mar­quis on Main apart­ments.

“It’s been a won­der­ful fam­ily home for us,” said ven­dor Peta McDougall.

“The whole con­cept of the place was our idea of a home in the air, rather than a dis­play piece.”

It does have all the pres­tige of a show­case prop­erty — an ar­ray of ter­races and bal­conies with 360-de­gree views over Main Beach, the city, ocean, Broad­wa­ter and south­ern most tip of the re­gion en­cir­cle the pala­tial res­i­dence.

The first floor houses two liv­ing spa­ces, a kitchen, en­ter­tain­ing area and bal­cony.

The sec­ond level is where three of the four bed­rooms are found, com­plete with pri­vate ter­races and en­suites.

One is the mas­ter suite, de­scribed as a “sooth­ing sanc­tu­ary where you can sleep with the win­dows open and be buffered from any noise”.

The McDougalls bought the “sen­sa­tional” prop­erty off the plan when the build­ing was de­vel­oped back in 2004, and their two sons were at uni­ver­sity.

“It has a home feel to it, be­cause it’s spread over four lev­els we all had our pri­vate ar­eas and could live like a fam­ily,” Mrs McDougall said.

Con­tin­u­ing to the third floor, the fi­nal bed­room shares the lay­out with the pri­vate pool and spare al­fresco set­ting.

That’s where the pri­vate lift stops but a short stroll up­stairs to the top floor opens to an open-plan space ideal for a home of­fice or gym.

“It’s quite unique in its own right, be­ing a four-level pen­t­house,” Mrs McDougall said. “But it’s also re­ally felt like a home.”

The McDougalls are now pre­par­ing for what will most likely be their last Christ­mas there.

The fam­ily has en­joyed be­ing just 100m to the beach, soak­ing up the in­cred­i­ble vis­tas while be­ing pro­tected from pre­vail­ing winds and strolling down to the Ted­der Ave din­ing and shop­ping precinct as well as the South­port Yacht Club.

“We are sad to go but we have to be prac­ti­cal,” Mrs McDougall said.

“We’re empty nesters, the fam­ily are all hav­ing their own fam­i­lies.”

The cou­ple also want to travel more af­ter wind­ing back their work.

Dr Ian McDougall is a prom­i­nent Gold Coast plas­tic sur­geon — the for­mer head of a burns unit spe­cialises in re­con­struc­tive surgery, along with evolv­ing cos­metic work.

Mrs McDougall worked along­side him in the prac­tice.

The im­pres­sively pro­por­tioned pen­t­house is in good com­pany, sur­rounded by a se­lec­tion of other tightly-held bou­tique apart­ments.

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