Em­brac­ing coast life

An ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tion has breathed new life into this river­front home, but the views have al­ways been breath­tak­ing

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

IT was the sweep­ing river and Hin­ter­land vis­tas that made the Baker fam­ily fall in love with this Broad­beach Waters home.

Af­ter liv­ing in Lon­don for 16 years, Lisa and Charles Baker along with their two chil­dren were des­per­ately crav­ing a house that em­braced the warm weather and its pic­turesque sur­round­ings.

That fact that it needed a fresh lick of paint and some ten­der love and care barely reg­is­tered with the fam­ily.

“We bought it be­cause of that view,” Mrs Baker said.

Three years later, they have breathed new life into the five bed­room home.

What was once a dated 1980s-style house with an apri­cot and beige pal­ette has been trans­formed into the epit­ome of modern liv­ing. “We lit­er­ally did ev­ery­thing — I think the only thing we didn’t touch was the clothes line,” Mrs Baker said. “All the hours spent on Pin­ter­est, it was worth it.”

They chose neu­tral tones to give it a coastal theme with wood ac­cen­tu­ated through­out.

“We re­ally wanted ev­ery­thing to be white in­side but if we left it with just white, some­times it can look like a box and there’s no char­ac­ter to it,” Mrs Baker said.

The main liv­ing and din­ing area, which has an eco-fire­place, is at the heart of the home.

The kitchen with stone break­fast bar and DeLonghi ap­pli­ances is on the right while a sec­ond liv­ing area is on the left.

All three liv­ing ar­eas open up onto the cov­ered out­door en­ter­tain­ment area.

There are two be­d­rooms down­stairs and three up­stairs, the mas­ter of which has a walkin wardrobe, en­suite and ac­cess to the bal­cony.

Out­side, the pool and sun loung­ing ter­race over­look the wa­ter and there is a sunken firepit at the rivers edge.

Mrs Baker said the out­door en­ter­tain­ment area was her favourite part of the house, par­tic­u­larly at sun­set.

“There’s al­ways some ac­tion on the river,” she said.

Mrs Baker said it had been tough at times, par­tic­u­larly when mov­ing from room to room through­out the ren­o­va­tion, but said it had been a labour of love.

“It’s been worth it, it’s been a fun job,” she said. “We’ve just re­ally en­joyed the process.”

The fam­ily have de­cided to sell the home so they can pur­sue an­other ren­o­va­tion project.

The prop­erty is in a quiet cul-de-sac close to parks, schools, golf cour­ses and shops.

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