Sprawl­ing Coast cas­tle fit for a king

Whim­si­cal Juli­ette bal­conies, a swirl of tur­ret and 200tonne stone ma­sonry – wel­come to your own cas­tle over­look­ing South Strad­broke Is­land

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - Property - - HOUSE HUNT - WORDS ANNA RAWL­INGS

RE­SPLEN­DENT on Royal Al­bert Cres, the water­front Euro­pean-style man­sion was the “ren­o­va­tion project” of for­mer chief ex­ec­u­tive of in­surer Cover-More, Peter Ed­wards.

Mr Ed­wards and his wife Chris­tine snapped up the prop­erty at auc­tion in March, 2017.

“It was a bit tired but it had such mag­nif­i­cent bones, and I’d just re­tired and needed a project,” Mr Ed­wards said.

In a fairy­tale trans­ac­tion, the cou­ple bought the prop­erty that they’d fallen in love with al­most 10 years prior.

“When we lived in Bris­bane we used to hol­i­day here in 2009, it was rented out by its for­mer owner,” Mr Ed­wards said.

Af­ter the Ed­wards moved to Sov­er­eign Is­lands, co­in­ci­den­tally on the same street, they kept an eye on their for­mer hol­i­day home.

“On the day of the auc­tion, Peter just walked up the road,” Mrs Ed­wards said.

“We went from not see­ing it for eight years and then driv­ing past it to then hav­ing the time and the op­por­tu­nity to re­store it,” Mr Ed­wards said.

Painstak­ingly, the res­i­dence was re­painted, the cedar doors and win­dows were re-stained, Euro­pean linens were draped floor-to-ceil­ing, the gar­den and front yard re-land­scaped and 100-year-old tim­ber and Ital­ian traver­tine tile floors re­stored.

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