Mad Max stuntman falls for Gold Coast mansion Bajo El Sol

Mad Max stuntman Guy Norris deployed his training in death-defying feats to stay cool under pressure in a bidding duel against a high-profile entrepreneur for a Burleigh Heads designer home.

Aussie film industry veteran Norris and his partner Danielle splashed $4.3 million on the Ibiza-inspired luxury home known as Bajo El Sol, triumphing over Simon Beard, founder of streetwear juggernaut Culture Kings and the sole other bidder at the thrilling auction.

Ed Cherry, of Harcourts Coastal, and Michael Witt, of McGrath, took the award-winning home to market four years after it was built.

The glamorous property was inspired by an Ibiza beach resort.

Norris is an actor, director and stunt coordinator whose career highlights include supervising a team of 150 stunt actors on location in the Namibian desert for the Oscar-winning feature film, Mad Max: Fury Road in 2021, coming full circle from one of his first big gigs as Mel Gibson’s driving double in the 1980s film, Mad Max: 2.

Norris and his son Harrison co-founded Proxi, a Gold Coast-based virtual production business, counting X-Men, Suicide Squad, Triple Frontier and The Mandalorian among credits.

Located on a 612sq m lot in the popular community of Koala Park between Burleigh Heads and Tallebudgera Creek, the home was formerly owned by interior designer Kelle Davis and claimed three Qld Master Builders awards in 2020.

Guy Norris and his son Harrison co-founded Proxi virtual production company. Photo: David Clark

A sought-after photo shoot location, the home was a reflection of Ms Davis’ “raw coastal luxe” style, demonstrated through creamy curves, rendered textures and striking landscaping.

Features included a resort-style pool and floating lounge, while a statement staircase with raw brass balustrade led upstairs to a dreamy master suite complete with private balcony and a walk-in robe modelled on a high-end retail boutique.

Mr Beard, bidding on behalf of a family member on the phone, had made the opening offer of $3.3m for the four-bedroom, three-bathroom house but bowed out at $4m.

Mr Beard and his wife Tahnee grew their retail empire from a stall at Carrara market to a valuation of $626m in 2021, and purchased a spectacular penthouse apartment in Surfers Paradise that year for $15.25m.

The Norris’ purchase of Bajo El Sol settled recently, with their identities disclosed on property records.

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