Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - Property

Enjoy luxe lifestyle at Villa Casa

It’s been admired by thousands and now one of the Gold Coast’s hottest homes is on the market, writes Aleisha Dawson


IT’S described as the “pinnacle of luxe Mediterran­ean perfection” and it’s easy to see why. Welcome to Villa Casa, where curves, arches, limestone walls, and greenery combine to create a one-of-a-kind hillside house with 180-degree views of the Gold Coast skyline.

The property, which almost appears to float, is the brainchild of vendors Ben Rochford and Dominee Gessner, who bought the 4497sq m vacant block in August, 2018. The pair, who has two daughters – Macey, 10, and Willow, 8 – were living across the road in their previous build when an opportunit­y came up to secure No. 15 Abbey Ridge Rd, Reedy Creek.

“We had walked up on this block a few times and were like ‘wow this is a whole new elevation up here’,” said Ms Gessner, who is also an interior designer.

“We were excited to stay in the street firstly and just see what we could do with this property.

“We knew it was bigger and the opportunit­y to do something really special with this block was there.”

Ms Gessner said years of renovating experience helped them design and build the house. They enlisted Reece Keil Design for the design while Mr Rochford’s company Tidal Constructi­ons was behind the build.

“After 20 years of building homes and living in a lot of property I had banked so many ideas on how I felt the ultimate family layout should look,” Ms Gessner said.

“The size of the block gave us the opportunit­y to really execute that.”

The pair built a granny flat first and moved into it while the main build got under way.

“Ben built that in eight weeks and I tested a lot of things that were going to be main elements in this home,” she said.

As soon as you step into Villa Casa, which was completed in November, 2021, the Gold Coast skyline view grabs your attention.

Then, as you move around, the meticulous attention to detail is obvious.

“I’ve poured my design heart into the space and it’s very humbling when people come in and comment on the level of detail,” she said.

The residence features a showstoppi­ng kitchen with a half-moon island bench that flows into a living zone.

“I designed the ceiling first and then designed the footprint of the island to run with the ceiling, Ms Gessner said.

“Hot Rock Granite executed the amazing benchtop. It took eight men to carry half at a time into the kitchen. It’s a spectacula­r piece of stone.”

The adjoining living zone features plenty of space to unwind while appreciati­ng the city views. “We spend so much time in this room,” she said. “At night time when we’re cooking, the girls are on the couch and we are usually just chatting about our days.

“I purposely didn’t put a television in here to avoid the breakdown of conversati­on as I wanted this to be a family space.”

There are five bedrooms with ensuites including the main bedroom which features a 4m headboard and a vaulted tunnel leading to a dressing room and ensuite.

Back outside and the amenities are reminiscen­t of a hotel. Soak up the sunshine on the terrace that runs alongside the magnesium pool, or grab a drink from the swim-up bar. Entertaini­ng is also effortless with a terrace with built-in barbecue.

The build was documented on Instagram with a flurry of interest and, as well as being a family home, it also has been rented out as a photo shoot location.

Villa Casa was recognised across the state when Tidal Constructi­ons was awarded House of the Year at the Gold Coast Master Builders Awards earlier this year.

The couple have decided to sell to start another project on the Coast. “It’s just what we do,” Ms Gessner said. “We have been programmed to do this. “This house will be the hardest to leave there’s no doubt about it. But we always get to about 10 months and discuss and assess.

“It’s a huge picture. We talked about it for a couple of months before we said ‘let’s go’ and the time is just right.”

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