European inspired opulence in Maleny, QLD
BEATRICE Marsh was raised on the tiny Mediterranean island country of Malta so when she sat down to sketch a dream home in Queensland, her design intrinsically reflected a deep passion for European architecture.
Ms Marsh and her husband Dennis built the three-storey residence at 505 Mountain View Rd, Maleny after falling in love with the Sunshine Coast hinterland during a day trip.
It was 2002 and the retirees had sold a number of Brisbane-based childcare businesses but had no intention of relocating until they were struck by the views from the vacant 2108sq m land.
“That Glass House Mountains outlook is so unique,” Ms Marsh said.
“Nothing compares to it and it changes all the time depending on the weather.
“On a clear day, you can even see the ocean and Brisbane’s CBD.”
It is easy to describe the home as opulent or grand but to Ms Marsh, it is a sanctuary.
“It reminds me of homes in Malta as they are all large over there,” she said.
“I created this place because it feels safe.”
Symmetry in the design was also important, as was the framing of mountain views from all living areas.
The 12m heated indoor swimming pool is another throwback to Ms Marsh’s origins.
“You don’t see many pools tiled but I wanted to capture the blue of the Mediterranean Sea,” she said.
“I tried to match the tile colour from my memories.”
Her inspiration may have been sought from afar, but practicalities were also carefully considered.
“There was no need for a peaked roof as we don’t get snow here,” Ms Marsh said.
“The views are spectacular so I decided to create a flat roof for us to use as a rooftop terrace and enjoy.”
An energy efficient integrated C-Bus system controls almost everything on the property, from the front gate to the underfloor heating.
There’s also a granite kitchen, three kitchenettes, a cellar, reading rooms, a conservatory, a
double spiral staircase, a large patio and impressive gardens.
Ray White Maleny sales agent Rebecca Rea said the residence offers a number of options to potential buyers.
“It’s in a class of its own and I can’t think of another property in Maleny that has that style of architecture and takes in the stunning views from all three levels,” she said.
“Interstate buyers can use it as a holiday home as it’s easy to lock up and leave.
“Alternatively, we’ve had people looking at making a permanent green change to Maleny.”
There is also scope to transform the home into a wedding destination business.
“With six bedrooms, it can potentially sleep 12 people and it would make a wonderful venue for a bride to stay,” she said.
“It could also be rented out as a beautiful bed and breakfast accommodation.
“The township of Maleny is only 4km away where you’ll find a village atmosphere which has an eclectic mix of art galleries and great cafes.”
Maleny is 90km north of Brisbane’s CBD and a 45-minute drive to Sunshine Coast Airport.
The on-site auction of 505 Mountain View Rd is scheduled for Sunday, October 8 at 11am.
Ms Rea said comparable properties sell for upwards of $2.5 million.
Ray White Maleny
Sales agent Rebecca Rea
0429 874 439