Man­sion in a league of its own

From a black kitchen to an un­der­ground theatre room, this river­front mega man­sion pushes the bound­aries of tra­di­tional hous­ing de­sign

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

IT’S nes­tled among some of the Gold Coast’s finest homes but this mega man­sion stands out from the crowd.

From the black kitchen to an un­der­ground theatre room, this Isle of Capri home pushes the bound­aries of tra­di­tional hous­ing de­sign.

Con­crete, glass and wood have been ex­pertly blended to cre­ate the lux­u­ri­ous river­front res­i­dence on the cov­eted Amalfi Drive.

Owner Paul Ri­d­ley, who is a con­creter by trade, drew in­spi­ra­tion from var­i­ous houses and build­ings, in­clud­ing those of Ja­panese ar­chi­tect Tadao Ando, to de­sign the mul­ti­level home.

He brought his idea to life with the help of ar­chi­tect and good friend Mar­shall Keen, who is known as “The Bondi Builder” on Chan­nel 9’s Buy­ing Blind se­ries.

“It took a bit over a year to build, the de­sign didn’t take too long,” Mr Ri­d­ley said.

He has spent the past six years liv­ing in the prop­erty with his wife, Ni­co­lette, and their two daughters.

“It’s an easy house to live in,” Mr Ri­d­ley said.

An older brick home stood on the prop­erty when they bought it in 2004 but Mr Ri­d­ley said they quickly out­grew it.

The man­sion that tow­ers over the wa­ter­front block to­day is a far cry from its orig­i­nal.

It has five bed­rooms, the master of which has views of the Surfers Par­adise sky­line and an en­suite with free­stand­ing bath.

A par­ent’s re­treat just out­side the master bed­room has a gas fire­place.

Two of the up­stairs bed­rooms share on en­suite and rum­pus room that makes for an ideal chil­dren’s re­treat.

There are two other bed­rooms, one up­stairs, which has an en­suite, and an­other down­stairs.

The huge base­ment has a me­dia room, gym and space for eight cars.

The home also has a study, eight-per­son el­e­va­tor, and li­brary.

Out­side, an en­ter­tain­ment area over­look­ing the river and city sky­line has a custom-built out­door kitchen, a din­ing pav­il­ion and an in­fin­ity edge pool with heated spa.

As a nod to the old house that once stood on the block, Mr Ri­d­ley re­tained its street address sign, which is dis­played next to the prop­erty’s front gate.

Mr Ri­d­ley said he wanted the home to be dif­fer­ent, hence in­clud­ing quirky fea­tures like the Amer­i­can Wal­nut matte black fin­ished kitchen.

He strug­gled to choose a fea­ture or room he liked best but said the base­ment was a stand­out.

Mr Ri­d­ley said it would be sad to leave the home but he planned to spend more time with his fam­ily, po­ten­tially trav­el­ling, once it sold.

“I know I can build an­other one like this again if I wanted,” he said.

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