Pat Rafter's former luxury trophy home resold at Sunshine Beach

Staff ReporterAugust 27, 20200 min read

Having sold to the former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and his wife Therese Rein, Queensland restaurateur David Hales and wife Louise have bought back big time into the Noosa market.

They scored $17 million on the Sunshine Coast (photo above) and instead recently bought two neighbouring properties on Noosa Sound's exclusive Mossman Court.

They paid $5 million and $7.25 million, taking their Noosa River holding to over 1,300 sqm.

The dearer of the homes was inspired by Ralph Lauren's Caribbean holiday home.

The couple still own 19 hectares on Lake Macdonald, in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

The Hobart-born Hales, having departed last year the board of Betty's Burgers which he founded in 2014, recently acquired Tavern 42 Degrees South, a bar on the Hobart waterfront.

Meanwhile the Rudd-Rein power couple will be upgrading from nearby Castaways Beach where they have owned since paying $3.1 million in 2010.

Their new purchase last sold at $15.2 million when tennis legend Pat Rafter and his wife Lara quit the Sunshine Coast in early 2018.

The John Burgess-designed seven bedroom home was sold by the retired tennis champion Pat Rafter and his wife Lara who moved to their 28 hectare Byron Bay retreat.

The Rafters always wanted $18 million plus for the seven bedroom, five bathroom beachfront home which was built in 2010.

They paid $9.5 million in 2006 for the building block with rival tennis star Thomas Muster missing out of the 1286 sqm double block holding.

The minimalist luxury U-shaped home has a central pool with two glass-fronted wings pushing out towards the ocean over a steep banksia and pandanus-covered dune that drops down to the beach.

There's a path to the sand and the surf, some 136 kms north of Brisbane.

Rudd remains president of the New York-based Asia Society think tank, but the purchase has been advise as part of a move to repatriate capital to Australia.

Rein's wealth derives from employment services company Ingeus, which she sold in a deal worth up to $US206 million ($298 million) in 2014.

"We’ve made a conscious decision to bring our investments home to Australia," Ms Rein told the mainstream press.

"While Kevin was in office, we had to invest overseas to avoid conflicts of interest. We’ve now mostly brought those investments back home to Australia."




Staff Reporter

Pat Rafter
Sunshine Beach
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