Views for miles

There is no short­age of lux­ury fea­tures in this Mer­maid Beach pen­t­house

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - Property - - FRONT PAGE - WORDS JES­SICA BROWN

IMAG­INE wak­ing up to panoramic views of the ocean that stretch as far as the hori­zon.

This is what Hugh and Cather­ine El­lis love most about their Mer­maid Beach pen­t­house at 3/57 Al­ba­tross Ave.

“There is some­thing re­ally spe­cial about wak­ing up and liv­ing right on the sand with no roads to cross,” Mr El­lis said.

They bought the beach­front prop­erty in May last year as a home away from home.

“We were in­ter­ested in pur­chas­ing a hol­i­day home on the Gold Coast as we were fre­quent­ing here of­ten for busi­ness and re­ally en­joyed the life­style that the Gold Coast of­fered,” Mr El­lis said.

“We looked at a num­ber of apart­ments in Broad­beach high-rises and also bou­tique build­ings, and quickly iden­ti­fied that Al­ba­tross Ave and Hedges Ave were very con­ve­niently lo­cated to all of the ameni­ties, cafes and shops with the added bonus of also be­ing a low-den­sity community.

“Wear­ing our in­vest­ment hat, we also liked that the neigh­bour­ing prop­er­ties were achiev­ing sales from $5m to $25m.

“The old say­ing is to buy one of the cheaper homes in the best streets.”

The apart­ment takes up two lev­els of the build­ing’s four floors and is one of three in the com­plex.

The mas­ter bed­room has an en­suite with spa, dress­ing room and ter­race to make the most of the ocean views.

The re­main­ing two bed­rooms have a shared bal­cony with views of the Hin­ter­land.

Wrap­around win­dows and bi-fold doors in the open plan liv­ing area frame the ocean views.

A pri­vate rooftop ter­race also of­fers sweep­ing vis­tas of the Gold Coast sky­line, ocean and Hin­ter­land. It has a cov­ered bar­be­cue area, dining pav­il­ion and spa.

A stand­out fea­ture of the pen­t­house is the rooftop plunge pool with glass bot­tom that acts as a sky­light, al­low­ing nat­u­ral light to fil­ter through to the liv­ing area. There is also an out­door pool down­stairs. The El­lises have made mi­nor changes to the apart­ment dur­ing the past 11 months to re­fresh its style.

“Af­ter pur­chas­ing the apart­ment, we made cos­metic changes: a full re­paint, new car­pet, new light fit­tings, new pool pump and elec­tri­cal work so that the apart­ment was com­fort­able,” Mr El­lis said.

The cou­ple en­joyed all the fea­tures the home had to of­fer but de­cided to buy a big­ger prop­erty close by.

“We en­joyed our first six months in the pen­t­house so much that we pur­chased another larger prop­erty on Hedges Ave in late 2017, which we are cur­rently com­plet­ing a re­fur­bish­ment of and look­ing for­ward to mov­ing into it in about six weeks,” Mr El­lis said.

The apart­ment also has two car spa­ces in a se­cured base­ment with a large caged stor­age area as well as a des­ig­nated vis­i­tor carpark.

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