Country charm meets chic at Bonogin beauty

Homeowner Luisa Caruana has listed her recently renovated Bonogin home. Picture Glenn Hampson
Casa D’Amore — or ‘house of love’ in Italian — is a modern Mediterranean-style home in the Gold Coast Hinterland with a stylish facade and high-end finishes throughout.
Inspired by their Italian heritage and designer fashion labels such as Gucci, homeowners Luisa and Paul Caruana completed a full renovation of the two-storey red-brick house they purchased in November 2021.
The Bonogin home on a landscaped 1.7ha lot at 286 Chesterfield Dr is listed via an expressions of interest campaign with NGU Real Estate agents, Emil Juresic and Nhan Tran.
Originally built in 2000, the five-bedroom, three-bathroom property’s existing curves and arches were retained and accentuated with a chic monochrome palette.
The estate is listed for sale via an expressions of interest campaign
The home has been completely transformed Picture Glenn Hampson
Upgrades included a state-of-the-art kitchen and luxurious bathrooms, new flooring, feature staircase and bespoke lighting, external rendering and freshly painted interiors.
“We have drawn inspiration from the Hinterland location as well as the Mediterranean style to create a home that has that country charm but is modern and a little more refined,” Ms Caruana said.
“We buy where we know there’s potential to build and create something really beautiful for someone else, and then sell at the right time and do it all over again.
“It is an ideal home with multiple living spaces and would suit someone with a large family,” she said.
Mr Caruana owns window furnishing business, Insight Blinds and Shutters Group — sheer drapes on black rails are a beautiful feature in the home’s living spaces and bedrooms — and the couple has three children, aged 7, 13, and 14.
Stylish monochrome and a new staircase
Original arches were retained
Pendant lighting over the stone-topped breakfast bar
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Statement black double French doors open onto the home’s entry foyer, which is bathed in natural light courtesy of full-height windows and soaring ceilings.
The kitchen forms an inviting hub with its breakfast bar topped with premium stone, sleek custom cabinetry and pendant lights, and leads out to a spacious family room, formal dining room, and two other living zones.
Also on ground level are two bedrooms, including the master with ensuite and walk-in robe, while another large living space and three other bedrooms are upstairs.
Spacious acreage living with landscaped grounds
The al fresco terrace overlooks a 17m pool
Outdoors, a covered al fresco terrace overlooks the 17m pool and accommodates gatherings of all sizes.
Other features include ducted air conditioning, electric gates, custom joinery and a romantic fireplace.
Mr Juresic said the property occupied a desirable elevated position with Gold Coast city skyline views.
“This property is a rare find in the Gold Coast Hinterland, which offers both privacy and luxury, while being close to the city. It would appeal to those who are looking for a spacious, recently renovated and luxurious home in a tranquil setting,” he said.
Mr Juresic said there had been strong interstate interest in the property on the back of AFL star Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin’s $9m purchase in a neighbouring suburb.
PropTrack data shows house prices in Bonogin were up 7 per cent over the last 12 months.
The home has five bedrooms
…and three bathrooms

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