Euro­pean get­away

La Mo­rada is a sprawl­ing water­front prop­erty in Broad­beach Wa­ters of­fer­ing an ar­ray of liv­ing ar­eas in­ter­twined with man­i­cured gar­dens

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - Property - - FRONT PAGE - WORDS ALEISHA DAW­SON

IF you’ve ever dreamt of es­cap­ing to France or Italy but don’t want to leave the Gold Coast, this is the prop­erty for you.

Lara and Stephen Mad­den are be­hind La Mo­rada, a sprawl­ing Euro­pean-in­spired es­tate nestled on the water­front in Florida Gar­dens.

The cou­ple, who have three chil­dren — Ava, 11, Tony, nine, and Pres­ley, two — bought the prop­erty in 2012 with a big vi­sion in mind.

“We couldn’t find a house that suited what we wanted,” Mrs Mad­den said. “We found this place and the gar­dens were very over­grown.

“We de­cided to do a mas­sive ren­o­va­tion start­ing on the in­side and go­ing out to the land­scap­ing.”

But where ex­actly do you start on a trans­for­ma­tion like this?

“For me there were some key pieces that I wanted and one was my large Ilve oven,” she said. “I also found cop­per sinks and then cop­per be­came quite a theme through­out the whole house.”

The house was com­pletely gut­tered with new gyprock, electrics, plump­ing and a Cbus sys­tem in­stalled. “When we pulled the house apart we could have al­most knocked it down,” she said. “While the struc­ture is the same we re­ally opened it up.”

As well as ren­o­vat­ing the kitchen, bath­rooms and bed­rooms, french win­dows were in­stalled in keep­ing with the Euro­pean theme. The sinks were im­ported from Mex­ico while the mar­ble bench­tops and tiles were brought in from Italy.

“We both re­ally like that warm and rus­tic feel so ev­ery­thing, from the walls to the ceil­ings, has a warm un­der­tone — even the light­ing is of a warm na­ture,” she said.

Walk­ing around the prop­erty, it’s easy to feel a mil­lion miles away among the man­i­cured gar­dens and nu­mer­ous en­ter­tain­ing ar­eas. “The gar­dens re­ally com­pli­ment the house now, it flows all the way out,” she said. “One of our favourite fea­tures is our veg­gie gar­dens be­side the wa­ter.”

Other stand­out fea­tures in­clude a self con­tained res­i­dence and gym, pool, out­door al­fresco kitchen and a jetty.

Mrs Mad­den said the prop­erty would ul­ti­mately suit an­other fam­ily. “The big thing about this prop­erty is the space,” she said. “There’s so many dif­fer­ent ar­eas for a fam­ily to use. The cou­ple plans to re­main on the Coast and are look­ing at tak­ing on an­other ren­o­va­tion project.

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