Gold Coast trophy home has it all
GOLD Coast architect Bayden Goddard definitely doesn’t design average homes.
And 11 Southern Cross Drive, Cronin Island, is no exception.
Owners Brenden and Natasha Rutherford, both dentists, have just listed their incredible four level Cronin Island masterpiece with Ray White Broadbeach elite agents Sam Guo and Julia Kuo.
Cronin Island is renowned as one of the most exclusive residential enclaves on the Gold Coast as it only has 34 luxury homes in a private, secure estate.
Ray White Broadbeach agent Sam Guo said this home will make you the “envy of everyone”.
“This sprawling Bayden Goddard architectural masterpiece is set out over four levels, boasting six bedrooms plus study, six bathrooms, a surplus of open plan living spaces both indoors and out. It sets a new high standard in unrestrained luxury,” Mr Guo said.
The Rutherfords bought their home on “the island” in 2000 and moved in with their four children, Jesse (now 17), Kobi (16), Elle (15) and Oscar (12) and were later joined by Moet, their two year old Wheaten Terrier.
“We have lived on the island since 2009 but bought the land in 2000 with thoughts of retiring there one day,” Dr Rutherford said.
“Our move to the island was sped up primarily by the desire to get a boat and have fun on the Broadwater so it seemed logical to build our ideal home on the block.
“At this stage our eldest son had started school with (architect) Bayden Goddard’s son and we had become good friends. Over a BBQ lunch, the topic arose about what we wanted designed for the block and literally within minutes Bayden had drawn up a rough layout of what he thought would work well on the block while accommodating our needs with four kids.
“The design was instantly what we were looking for so we had a number of meetings with Bayden to pin down our likes and dislikes for the house. Gavin Boyle was then chosen to build the house after being highly recommended and it was interesting that it turned out his daughter was one of my daughters best friends at school.”
Bayden Goddard is well known for his out-of-this world architecture, he is the mastermind behind Tidemark, the home owned by ex-Billabong owner Scott Perrin at Mermaid Beach which sold for $25 million last year.
The shared park became a massive part of the Rutherford’s lives being used for kids’ birthday parties, cricket (they even mowed their own pitch), football, soccer and a host of remote controlled cars/helicopters.
But the biggest benefit of the island was their kids had their own private running track for training as all four of their children are elite runners.
“I measured out the distance around the island with a friend and put markers every 100m so the kids could do any sort of training they needed to,” Dr Rutherford said.
During their time on the island, not a whole lot has changed other than the council making improvements to the park.
“A couple of houses were built over the years but none as beautiful as Bayden Goddard’s new creation which spans three blocks. I have met most of the island’s residents over the years and everyone is very friendly. Because there is only one road onto the island, crime is very rare and we each tend to keep an eye out for each other.”
Dr Rutherford’s favourite feature of the house was the balcony off their bedroom on the top floor.
“On a Friday night, sitting up there as the sun goes down with a glass of wine and overlooking the Broadwater is utter relaxation. However, as busy parents with four kids, the handiest thing about the house is having a fully equipped gym coming off the basement that overlooks the water.”
The Rutherfords start work at 6.30am and are generally in their home gym by 4.30am.
“Because the house is solid concrete, the kids don’t wake up hearing us walking through the house or even with the music up at full volume. We find keeping fit is important for our own wellbeing but also to impress on the kids how essential it is to lead a healthy lifestyle,” Dr Rutherford said.
“While we will dearly miss living on Cronin Island, we have simply reached a point in our lives where we would like to work less, travel more and expand on our life experiences.
“With our two older boys graduating from TSS this year, our plan is to travel around Australia for eight months after the Commonwealth Games.
“While the older boys start their university studies, the younger 2 will join us on The Great Australian Adventure and we will home school them during our travels.
“While we finalise plans for a new beachfront house at Palm Beach, we will live in our original family home in Main Beach.”
The home will be sold at or before its auction on May 28 at 10am.