Listing of the Day
Location: Queensland, Australia
Price: A$19 Million (US$15 million)
With its horizon swimming pool and views of Australia’s Coral Bay, the Mandalay House on the Whitsunday Coast is made for water lovers. The home, surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef and on a tiny peninsula, offers privacy in a lush setting, as well as modern amenities for the luxury lifestyle.
“The view and the pool seem to be with you everywhere,” said Carol Carter, a senior sales associate at Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty. “When standing on the outdoor terrace, the wet edge pool appears to run off continuously into the Coral Sea, as if part of [it].”
Views of the water and the nearby Whitsunday Islands can be seen from almost every angle, Ms. Carter said. She recently observed a pod of whales just in front of the Mandalay House.
The home has formal living and dining rooms and the kitchen has a breakfast nook, butler’s pantry and walk-in cold room. There are six en-suite bedrooms, plus a 1,550-square-foot master suite with a lounge and 600-square-foot dressing room. There’s also a self-contained office with a secretarial space, according to the listing.
It is “designed for entertaining on a grand scale, indoor and outdoor,” Ms. Carter said. Outside, an ocean front pavilion has dining space for 14, plus a marble bar and a wood-fired pizza oven.
This seven-bedroom, nine-bathroom home is more than 28,000 square feet and stands on just over an acre of land.
Got a helicopter? There’s a helipad at the Mandalay House for smooth take offs and landings; it’s about a 10-minute ride to the Hamilton Island jet airport. There’s ample storage for other vehicles, including a five-car garage and a marina berth with two jet ski docks and a boat shed.
There is no public access to the waterfront or the beach here. And the home’s private harbor is especially notable since Australia now has restrictions on building residences with private marinas, according to Ms. Carter.
Mandalay House also boasts a home theater, pool room and fitness center, plus a wine cellar and tasting area. The house features automated climate controls and security systems, and there’s a separate caretaker’s cottage on the property.
The home was created by architect Andrew Simpson of Total Project Group, which specializes in Mediterranean-inspired homes and resorts. The home, completed in 2006, took three-and-a-half years to build and it is furnished with antiquities originating from Italy and the U.S., Ms. Carter said.
“The property is opulent, with a sequence of increasingly rich interiors, reminiscent of the Baroque period,” she said. The home has high ceilings with crafted timber beams, and its doors and windows are framed in rosewood, she added, “creating a luxurious and elegant interior with individuality.”
A national park surrounds the house, which, along with the water, gives it a natural barrier from the rest of the world. But should owners and their guests want to get out, there are golf courses, fine dining, shopping and luxury resorts just a short trip away.
And the waters of the Great Barrier Reef are well known for recreational possibilities, including snorkeling, fishing and boating.
Agent: Carol Carter, Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty
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