Home of char­ac­ter

The Euro­pean-in­spired style of this South­port home gives it a unique char­ac­ter more com­monly seen over­seas

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

ES­CAPE to what feels like the other side of the world in this Euro­pean-in­spired home.

The South­port res­i­dence’s high ceil­ings, fea­ture balustrades and cen­tral court­yard give it char­ac­ter more com­monly seen over­seas.

Its unique de­sign is what made Tea Brown fall in love with the house the mo­ment she walked through the front door.

“I could just see that there was so much po­ten­tial straight away,” she said.

She has called the three-bed­room, twobath­room house her home for the past five years.

While the prop­erty’s struc­ture has re­mained the same, Mrs Brown has breathed new life into it with a re­fur­bish­ment.

She said it now has a “Mediter­ranean feel” with floor-to-ceil­ing sheer cur­tains and an­tique-style fur­ni­ture.

“I’ve al­ways loved the Euro­pean in­flu­ence – that whole style,” Mrs Brown said.

“Who­ever walks in this place just goes, ‘wow!’” But it is the gar­den she is most proud of. “I cre­ated a beau­ti­ful gar­den around (the house), there was ab­so­lutely noth­ing there at all,” Mrs Brown said.

The low main­te­nance gar­den, which is made up of peb­bles, shrubs and trees, of­fers a pic­turesque back­drop in the court­yard as well as ex­tra pri­vacy around the home.

The court­yard with an un­der­cover al­fresco area and firepit makes for the ideal place to en­ter­tain guests.

The seam­less flow of in­door and out­door liv­ing is one of Mrs Brown’s favourite fea­tures of the home.

“The whole home is about bring­ing in­side out and out­side in,” Mrs Brown said.

It has an open floor­plan with the kitchen, liv­ing and din­ing area at the front of the house while the bed­rooms and bath­rooms are at the back.

There are three other pa­tios scat­tered around the home – one of which can only be ac­cessed from one of the guest bed­rooms while another has a built-in pizza oven.

Mrs Brown said she was go­ing to miss laz­ing in the lounge room ad­mir­ing the park across the road and Nerang River, which should could see through her front win­dows.

“It’s just glo­ri­ous sit­ting on the couch by the fire,” she said. “It’s go­ing to be very sad to leave. The only rea­son I’m leav­ing is be­cause I’m go­ing in­ter­state. It’s a home I know I’ll never re­place.”

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