Sunshine Coast record broken twice in two weeks

Sunshine Coast record broken twice in two weeks
Sunshine Coast record broken twice in two weeks

The Sunshine Coast has seen its residential house price record broken twice in the last two weeks, with two beachfront properties fetching eye-watering figures for the locality.

First the Seaview Terrace home of Byron Bay-bound tennis champion Pat Rafter sold after having consistent $18 million hopes since its initial listing last August.

The John Burgess designed seven bedroom, five bathroom beachfront home was built in 2010 after Rafter paid $9.5 million in 2006.

Tom Offermann Real Estate agency, who sold the Rafter home, have just found a buyer for an absolute beachfront home nearby on Webb Road, which had $22 million price hopes (above and below)

Sunshine Coast record broken twice in two weeks

Only first listed eight weeks ago, the home on a sprawling 3,595 sqm has been completely transformed since it traded as Brinbara in 2013.

A back-to-bare renovation by multi-award winning international designer David Hicks has seen the design give a nostalgic nod to the Italian Riviera, with a wealth of terrazzo and ribbed lacquered timber. 

Much like a hotel, the atrium with staircase and chandelier take centre stage. There's domestic and commercial size kitchens and six ensuited bedrooms.

The hotel amenities continue throughout the grounds, with a tennis court and cabana, glass-fronted pool and a self-contained guest cottage.

Sunshine Coast record broken twice in two weeks

The home has a 44 metre beach frontage plus bounded on another side by a nature reserve.

Nic Hunter, the agent handling the marketing, said a beachhouse in the front row with nothing but the sea in front is the ultimate prize.

He sold the home with Tom Offermann, who sold the home over three decades ago.

“I’ve sold this property three times,” Offermann said.

“In 1987 it was owned by a Londoner, an industrial chemist, who used the modest timber house for his annual holidays.

"He wanted $1m, later confessing he thought he’d set me an impossible challenge, especially as it was my first year in business.

"But he was surprised to say the least when I returned with a contract. He signed it and poured a celebratory beer glass full of Scotch whisky.  I’m not sure if it was the elation of the epic sale or the Scotch, but I remember feeling like I was walking on air as I left his house, contract in hand.

“The sale made news as the first Sunshine Coast property to hit the magic million mark and is still making headlines today, 31 years later. That’s understandable given Webb Road is very sought-after with four-only beachfront properties.”

The Rafter home, also sold by the Tom Offermann agency, was built in a U-shape with a central pool and two glass-fronted wings pushing out towards the ocean.

There's a path to the sand and the surf.





Joel Robinson

Joel Robinson

Joel Robinson is a property journalist based in Sydney. Joel has been writing about the residential real estate market for the last five years, specializing in market trends and the economics and finance behind buying and selling real estate.

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