Fall in love with coastal home’s fun features

Home renovators Sharni Wright and Fabian Trueman with sons, Lucas, 7 and Jasper, 5 at their Mermaid Waters home Picture: NIGEL HALLETT
Home renovator Sharni Wright says buyers are ruled by their hearts, even in a shifting market.
Ms Wright and her electrician partner, Fabian Trueman of T42 Electrical, are banking on the right buyer falling in love with their home when it goes under the hammer today.
The Burleigh Waters property’s fun perks include a man cave, designer cubby house and epic entertaining setup.
The ground level is fully self-contained with a separate kitchen and bathroom, providing another point of difference.
“There’s nothing else on the market quite like it, and a lot of people who see the house say they already feel like they’re at home,” Ms Wright said.
Dual living at 101 Mattocks Rd, Burleigh Waters
Plenty of options for entertaining
PropTrack data shows house prices in the popular Gold Coast suburb fell eight per cent in the last three months, coming off the back of last year’s staggering growth of 33 per cent. The median house price is $1.385m.
“It’s the type of home that will excite the buyer, so it is just down to what it’s worth to them,” Ms Wright said.
“The right person will buy it for the right price.”
The glamorous four-bedroom, three-bathroom home on a 693sq m corner block at 101 Mattocks Rd is marketed by Travis Miller, of Ray White Burleigh Group.
The family has completed a number of renovations. Picture: NIGEL HALLETT
Re-purposed materials were used in the double-storey cubby house
With a number of successful renovations now under their belt, the couple and their two sons, Lucas, 7, and Jasper, 5, have moved into their next project at Worongary.
“We are having friends come over on auction day either to celebrate with us or to cheer us up, depending on how it goes,” Ms Wright said.
“It will actually be the first time for us to enjoy the house being completely finished with our friends.
“We didn’t plan to do as much as we did, but once we started, we couldn’t stop.
“We did all of the designing and styling ourselves — it was great to live in the home and add super practical spaces to the areas,” she said.
Light and bright
Reflecting on their five-year journey to auction day, Ms Wright advised other DIYers to choose their tradies wisely as they could become more like family.
“Keep it fun,” she said.
“Make sure you get along with the tradespeople you use. Keep in mind these people are going to be in your home a lot — around your children, while you’re making breakfast, with your animals.”
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The home’s upper level is given over to spacious open-plan living, with Tasmanian Oak floors and expansive glass windows lending a bright ambience anchored by the gleaming new kitchen.
Three bedrooms including the master with ensuite, walk-in robe and a large balcony are on this floor, with the fourth bedroom downstairs.
The man cave which doubles as a private office space
At street level, the double garage opens onto the “man cave”, a clever recreational space with a kitchenette-cum-bar. The area doubles as a home office, or could be converted with a fifth bedroom.
Outdoors is made for entertaining, from the covered alfresco decks to the inviting pool and firepit lounge.
Then there’s the kids’ haven, with a double-storey custom-built cubby house complete with slide and surrounded by a large artificial lawn.

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