13 bidders vie for 1960s vintage Gold Coast beach house

3 Fenton Place, Currumbin
A vintage Gold Coast beach house has sold under the hammer for $4.155m at a hotly contested auction.
A large crowd gathered in the backyard of 3 Fenton Place, Currumbin as the 1960s mid-century modern home changed hands for the first time in almost 40 years, with 13 registered bidders vying for the keys.
Auctioneer Rob Doorey, of Apollo Auctions, opened proceedings at $2m, with a total of 32 bids fielded before the hammer fell with a young Brisbane couple.
“There’s not many of these left — original beach houses where you can wake up in the morning, hear the sound of the ocean and just walk a few steps and get the sand between your toes,” Mr Doorey said.
The home’s mid-century features have been well maintained
Polished rosewood floors and overhead beams
Marketing agent Brenden Musca, of Professionals Collective, said the buyers were planning to use the property as a holiday home.
He said the four-bedroom, two-bathroom home with a double garage had attracted 283 inquiries from across Australia and the US through the campaign for the home on a level 506 sqm block located less than 50m from the sand.
“This stunning beach house offered a rare opportunity to own a piece of Gold Coast history,” Mr Musca said.
“While the home is a stunning example of mid-century architecture, but also a savvy investment opportunity with potential for sub-division, subject to council approval.”
The home has four bedrooms
1960s style in the kitchen
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Property records show the low-set home last changed hands for $135,000 in 1986.
Still bearing its original name plate, ‘A Summer’s Place’, the immaculately maintained brick home’s open-plan living and dining area flows to a spacious balcony capturing ocean breezes.
Features include polished New Guinea rosewood stairs and flooring upstairs with solid overhead beams, while a yellow-tiled kitchen and emerald green carpet lend added character.
Mr Musca said the owner’s family still lived locally but opted to capitalise on the strong market for beachside property as the home no longer suited their needs.
“The market’s appetite for quality beachside properties on the Gold Coast remains strong, and this property’s historical significance, combined with its untouched charm since, made it an even more appealing prospect.”

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