Views for miles
There is no shortage of luxury features in this Mermaid Beach penthouse
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.