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Sanc­tu­ary Cove mas­ter­piece of­fers lux­ury life­style on the water­front

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

TRUCK­ING mag­nate Ian Cootes has put his spec­tac­u­lar Gold Coast river­front home on the mar­ket.

Mr Cootes and his wife Maria, who are both based in Mel­bourne, bought their Sanc­tu­ary Cove block in 2008.

“We’ve been at Sanc­tu­ary Cove for over 20 years,” Mr Cootes said.

“When we saw that block of land on Anchorage Ter­race we de­cided we would buy it with the in­ten­tion of sell­ing our other Sanc­tu­ary Cove prop­erty. There was a very high stan­dard in Anchorage Ter­race and we wanted to add to it.”

The pair, who have seven chil­dren and 14 grand­chil­dren be­tween them, en­listed ar­chi­tect Paul Ziuke­lis and builder JM Buildling Devel­op­ment to bring their vi­sion to life. The house took eight months to build and was com­pleted in 2010.

Its street ap­peal is ev­i­dent — the house stands out with it con­tem­po­rary fa­cade which con­trasts a white ex­te­rior with river stone cladding.

In­side, your eyes are drawn to the gallerystyled dou­ble ceil­ing height foyer while the river­front lo­ca­tion is taken ad­van­tage of with floor to ceil­ing windows.

Con­structed us­ing top-qual­ity ma­te­ri­als, fin­ishes and ap­pli­ances, the res­i­dence was crowned the 2011 Mas­ter Builders Gold Coast Hous­ing and Con­struc­tion Award for best in­di­vid­ual home.

The house fea­tures an open-plan de­sign with sev­eral liv­ing and din­ing ar­eas that open up to the in­fin­ity-edge self-clean­ing pool and ter­race. A 10m is­land bench takes cen­tre stage in the kitchen while Gagge­nau ap­pli­ances and Gessi sink mix­ers cre­ates a func­tional yet stylish space.

“We im­ported the kitchen from Italy,” Mr Cootes said. “It’s a mag­nif­i­cent kitchen with a lot of stain­less steel and mar­ble.”

Other stand­out fea­tures in­clude a bar with Cal­cutta mar­ble bench­top and a tem­per­a­ture­con­trolled 400-bot­tle wine room.

“The bar opens up and can­taliv­ers out to the out­door liv­ing area which joins the pool,” he said.

The cou­ple, who stay in the prop­erty at least once a month, said they were sad to be sell­ing but the time was right to move on. “We just love Sanc­tu­ary Cove,” he said. “The main rea­son we’ve put the house on the mar­ket is we have fam­ily and busi­ness in Mel­bourne and we need to be in Mel­bourne more than we need to be in Queens­land.”

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