Holiday retreat at home
There is a lot to love about this luxury Sovereign Islands mansion but it’s the breathtaking views that will blow you away
KICKING back on a daybed with a glass of wine sounds like a great way to spend a summer holiday.
For Chris and John Renton, it’s the reality of living in a Sovereign Islands mansion.
The couple spared no expense when designing and building their luxury Royal Albert Cres home almost a decade ago.
“We thought that we had built this as our forever home,” Mrs Renton said.
“We designed the house to suit the block of land because it’s fan-shaped.”
The house’s footprint stretches its entire 27m of water frontage, making the most of the views.
“It’s not like you’re just looking across the way to another house,” Mrs Renton said. “We like it because of the position. “We have so much activity in front of us being on the water. “It’s like being on our own little harbour.” From the main bedroom upstairs, Mrs Renton said the stunning views stretch as far as the Hinterland.
“The master suite feels like a penthouse with views looking to the mountains,” she said.
“We have a huge deck upstairs, which is off the master bedroom too.”
It’s here that Mrs Renton likes to relax outside on a daybed with a glass of wine admiring the views.
“It’s very private all the way around,” she said.
Inside, floor-to-ceiling windows surround the house while a floating wooden staircase is a standout feature.
The modern kitchen with butler’s pantry opens out to an outdoor entertainment area where there is also a pool overlooking the canal.
There are multiple living areas throughout the house, including a state-of-the-art media room, upstairs and downstairs studies and a formal lounge room.
The property also has a pontoon for the boaties with easy access to the open water.
Mrs Renton said they made the decision to downsize after realising they barely used half of the house.
“It’s a lovely home, we’ve really enjoyed it,” she said.
“But it presents like a new home because a lot of it hasn’t been lived in.”
They have downsized to a villa in the area because they couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.
“We came here as boating people,” she said.
“We’re staying within five minutes of where we are at the moment because we love the area.
“It’s a nice safe haven surrounded by beautiful homes.”
They liked the peace, quiet and security the gated community offered while the convenience of cafes and restaurants at Paradise Point was an added bonus.