Hid­den trop­i­cal par­adise

It is hard to be­lieve this mas­sive lux­ury man­sion with in­fin­ity-edged pool, ten­nis court and guest villa is hid­den in Cur­rumbin Val­ley’s bush­land

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

HID­DEN among the hills and bush­land of Cur­rumbin Val­ley, this sprawl­ing re­sort-style man­sion is al­most in­vis­i­ble to passers-by.

It seems im­pos­si­ble for a fam­ily home on acreage with a pool, ten­nis court and guest villa to be so pri­vate in the mid­dle of a hous­ing es­tate but the prop­erty at 108 Aqua Prom­e­nade was built specif­i­cally for the site.

It can only be ac­cessed from a pri­vate lane and is sep­a­rated from the rest of the es­tate with a large gate.

Own­ers Theo and Peta Shapiro had seclu­sion and pri­vacy in mind when build­ing the five-bed­room, four-bath­room home in 2006 – where they have lived with their four chil­dren ever since.

First they chose the land, which was part of a new de­vel­op­ment.

“A cou­ple of days be­fore it went to mar­ket, we took a drive here,” Mr Shapiro said. They im­me­di­ately fell in love with it. “It had great val­ley views as well as for­est and lake views,” Mr Shapiro said.

The cou­ple poured their hearts and souls into de­sign­ing and build­ing the trop­i­cal oa­sis to make sure it lived up to their ex­pec­ta­tions.

The re­sult is a lux­ury re­sort-style home that feels like it’s a world away from civil­i­sa­tion de­spite be­ing 10 min­utes from the beach, ma­jor shop­ping cen­tres and Gold Coast Air­port.

“It turned out to be the most mag­nif­i­cent place,” Mr Shapiro said.

“(The re­sult) was al­ways a bit of an un­known but it’s turned out bet­ter than we thought. “It’s been a life ex­pe­ri­ence.” The de­sign was in­spired by re­sorts the fam­ily has en­coun­tered trav­el­ling the world.

Mr Shapiro, who is an agent mar­ket­ing the home with Lucy Cole Pres­tige Prop­er­ties, said it had an eclec­tic com­bi­na­tion of African, Euro­pean and Aus­tralian in­flu­ences. “This is a true re­sort,” he said. The en­tire home opens up to em­brace sur­round­ing trop­i­cal gar­dens and val­ley views.

The in­fin­ity-edged pool with spa and sun­deck as well as a gazebo and bar­be­cue ter­race are stand­out fea­tures of the home.

Climb the spi­ral stair­case from the al­fresco area to a rooftop deck where val­ley views stretch as far as the eye can see.

The master bed­room over­looks the grassy back­yard and pool but it’s the en­suite spa with bi-fold win­dows that open onto the gar­den that is re­ally spe­cial.

Sep­a­rated from the home by a wall of palm trees is a self-con­tained villa as well as the flood­lit ten­nis court.

Lucy Cole Pres­tige Prop­er­ties man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Lucy Cole de­scribed the home as “the best home I have seen in a long time”. “It’s quite a unique home,” Ms Cole said. “The lo­ca­tion in Cur­rumbin Val­ley is su­pe­rior and very pri­vate (and) the gar­dens are ab­so­lutely stun­ning.

“It’s just an in­cred­i­ble piece of real es­tate.”

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