Gold Coast real estate: Waterfront living with grandeur

WITH views across Hope Island’s prestigious Grand Canal, a near-new luxury home offers the ultimate waterfront lifestyle along with a touch of modern grandeur.

Located at 1663 Riverdale Dr, the five-bedroom, seven-bathroom home was completed in late 2022 after a full rebuild by owner Maria Friesen, who fell in love with the location and its potential.

1663 Riverdale Drive, Hope Island.

Ms Friesen explained she bought the property in 2021 after searching for a suitable site to construct her dream home.

“I was looking at another block when the agent said they had something else and pointed to this one,” she recalled.

“It had a slab and a couple of walls left but all the underground work had been done.”

Working with her builder, Ms Friesen envisaged a luxury home with a grand entry, timeless design and all the features befitting the property’s sought-after Hope Island location.

“I wanted people to have a feeling of wow when they walked in,” she said.

“The aim was a light and bright home that was classic yet modern and could be dressed up any way you wanted to due to its timeless interior design.”

A year later that dream had come to fruition, with Ms Friesen moving into her two-storey, luxury canal-front home just prior to Christmas.

Offering a grand foyer, complete with sweeping staircase, chandelier and views to the water, the home includes five ensuited bedrooms, two double garages, multiple living areas, a media room, underground wine cellar, and waterfront swimming pool overlooking a private boat pontoon.

The upstairs master suite has a large walk-in wardrobe and ensuite, along with access to a covered balcony.

“The main bedroom has a beautiful view to the water, including from the ensuite,” Ms Friesen said.

“And that walk-in wardrobe is a dream.”

1663 Riverdale Drive, Hope Island.

Downstairs, the kitchen has an expansive butler’s pantry, while the open plan living and dining areas flow onto a covered alfresco area complete with outdoor kitchen which overlooks the swimming pool and waterway.

“It’s a very big kitchen with a breakfast bar that has a view to the water,” she said.

“In the morning, it’s just beautiful to look out and take that view in.”

This layout also makes the home ideal for entertaining, Ms Friesen noted.

“It’s not just a beautiful home, it’s also practical,” she said.

“You can have catered events using the butler’s pantry which has all the fixtures needed for a second kitchen, or you can entertain by the pool and enjoy the indoor/outdoor areas.”

1663 Riverdale Drive, Hope Island.

The property is located within the gated Rosebank Estate and is a short distance from Sanctuary Cove, three championship golf courses, and Hope Island Marina with its shopping centre.

“It’s such a peaceful and private home to live in, but offers easy access to everything,” Ms Friesen said.

“You can walk to the shopping centre, the marina and nearby cafes and restaurants, and you can drive to the motorway in about 10 minutes.”

Meanwhile, the property’s private pontoon offers direct access to the Grand Canal then Coomera River, completing the Gold Coast boating lifestyle.

“You could even go shopping by boat, if you wish,” Ms Friesen said.

But after seeing her dream waterfront home come to life, Ms Friesen noted it was time for a new adventure.

“My circumstances have changed and I’m looking to move to the Gold Coast hinterland,” she said.

“This is a beautiful house that really suits everyone, whether it’s a family, a couple or dual living with extended family, and it’s great for visitors as well.

“It’s a stunning waterfront home with a timeless design that someone can really make their own.”

The Hope Island home at 1663 Riverdale Dr is currently for sale by expression of interest through Ivy Realty’s Ivy Wu and Isaac Kim.

Article source: Queensland Property Investor

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