Gold Coast homes that broke the internet

26-34 Knightsbridge Pde East, Sovereign Islands: The most viewed house in the nation.

When it comes to Gold Coast property, market watchers love to dream big.
A sprawling waterfront mansion modelled on a 100-year-old chateau and a grand equestrian estate on 55 acres topped the list of Gold Coast properties that went viral after hitting the market in the past five years.
With hundreds of thousands of views each, these properties set the internet on fire with their mind-boggling displays of luxury — and equally extravagant multimillion dollar price tags.

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And then, there’s the Coast’s ultimate party house, a custom-designed hinterland retreat with its own private nightclub and karaoke bar decked out in Ferrari red lacquer.
Amir Mian, of Amir Prestige, marketed the most popular house to hit the market, a colossal Sovereign Islands pad for sale for $40m which has garnered 180,000 clicks and counting, REA Group data shows.
Mr Mian said the opulent property had received hits from London, Dubai, California, Texas and the Bahamas, as well as from around Australia.

The Coast’s most popular home for sale at 26-34 Knightsbridge Pde East, Sovereign Islands

“These viral properties all have something that is unique,” he said.
“They’re all beautiful architecturally designed homes which capture the public eye. People are inquisitive. They want to know who lives there and what kind of people are looking at buying.
“We are in the midst of a pandemic as well so there are a lot of people who are at home looking at what their next move might be, and of course some of them are dreaming.”
REA Group economic research manager Cameron Kusher said the number of views for properties on had reached historic highs over the last 18 months.
“[This] explains why many of the most viewed properties have been for properties advertised for sale recently,” Mr Kusher said.
“You’ll also note that most of the properties are priced high, which shows that there is significant interest from the general Australian population in luxury properties and how the wealthy live.”

$12.45m views at 15 Southern Cross Dr, Surfers Paradise

10. 15 Southern Cross Dr, Surfers Paradise
Sold: $12.45m
June 2020
A luxurious seven-bedroom residence on exclusive Cronin Island, this riverfront stunner has an internal lift connecting four levels of stylish living. Buyers were captivated by the grand, glass-fronted entry foyer and rooftop deck offering uninterrupted views to the famous Glitter Strip. Other features include resort-style outdoor entertaining areas, with a show-stopping infinity pool by the water, plus a 12m pontoon and jetski facilities. It was marketed by Ryan Ward and Michael Kollosche, of Kollosche.

The Hamptons love affair shows no sign of waning. This immaculate home at 144 Tallebudgera Dr, Palm Beach, has six bedrooms, all with views of beautiful Tallebudgera Creek.

9. 144 Tallebudgera Dr, Palm Beach
Sold: $3.1m
Jan 2020
This flawless Hamptons-style home on Tallebudgera Creek left no stone unturned when it came to move-straight-in luxury. There’s six bedrooms, all with water views, a designer kitchen and a beautifully appointed separate guest studio. Spacious, light-filled living areas flow to an elegant al fresco area with built-in barbecue for year-round entertaining, as well as the enticing swimming pool. It was sold in 2020 by Rob Lamb and Michael Kollosche, of Kollosche.

Grand Vista at 3-7 Sir Lancelot Cl, Sovereign Islands was one of this year’s big sales, changing hands for $14.8m in May.

8. 3-7 Sir Lancelot Close, Sovereign Islands
Sold: $14.18m
May 2021
Known as Grand Vista, this huge mansion has vast views over the Broadwater and changed hands in May following a sales campaign by Ivy Wu and Isaac Kim, of Ivy Realty. The property opens onto marble floors with a sweeping staircase bordered by wrought iron. The house is set over a 2,103sq m block with seven bedrooms including maid’s quarters.
There’s a large entertaining lounge, billiards room, sports bar and a cinema leading outside to multiple terraces. At basement level is a yoga studio and huge wine cellar plus eight-car garage.

Hamptons-style living in a gated community had plenty of people captivated at 1088 Killymoon Dr, Hope Island.

7. 1088 Killymoon Dr, Hope Island
Sold: $2.510m
June 2020
Another beautifully renovated Hamptons home, this time in a gated community in the well-heeled northern neighbourhood of Hope Island. Styled in soothing neutral and grey tones, the waterfront home has four bedrooms and three bathrooms and was sold by William Sarti and Matt Lanyon, of Kollosche. The sunny kitchen was a strong selling point, with its subway tiles and butler’s pantry, while the home also has a media room, library, study and deluxe master suite with a dual rain shower in the ensuite.

This swoon-worthy coastal home at 662 Pacific Pde, Tugun was withdrawn from sale earlier this year.

6. 662 Pacific Pde, Tugun
Open to expressions of interest
This picture-perfect coastal dream home created a stir when it hit the market, after claiming the title of one of QLD’s best homes. The four-level designer home was listed in 2020 with a $11m price tag, but is now open to expressions of interest through Madonna Delaney Real Estate. Its resort features include a covered entertaining zone with a fire pit and spectacular pool complete with sunken lounges to admire ocean views. There’s four bedrooms and a breezy aesthetic throughout, with French oak timber flooring, raked ceilings, a white-on-white colour palette, and stone fireplace.

Mega-mansion fit for royalty at 55 Knightsbridge Pde West, Sovereign Islands.

5. 55 Knightsbridge Pde West, Sovereign Islands
For sale: $9.475m
This mega-mansion is marketed as being fit for royalty, and it certainly has a palatial look to it.Occupying a double block on the Broadwater, it brings a modern edge to classic architecture over four levels plus rooftop terrace. No expense was spared on high quality finishes, including African mahogany doors, double glazed and copper clad windows for protection from the elements, and sandstone exterior blocks. There are seven huge bedrooms, all with ensuites, as well as an eight-person lift. Other features include five fireplaces, a library, two studies, gym, billiards room and two attics which could double as an artist studio or nanny quarters. The property is on the market with Edin Kara and Ali Mian, of Ray White.

Cronin Island style at 17 Southern Cross Dr, Surfers Paradise, which sold in a secret deal this months after blowing up online.

4. 17 Southern Cross Dr, Surfers Paradise
Sold: undisclosed price
July 2021
With its beautifully symmetrical curb appeal, this four-level Cronin Island trophy home quietly changed hands earlier this month after blowing up online. Constructed from concrete with stone feature walls, the home has a grand, open-plan design with soaring voids and high ceilings. There’s an infinity pool at the riverfront, plus deep water mooring for Broadwater and ocean access. Other features of the five-bedroom home include a games room, gym, media room and office. It was marketed by Ryan Ward and Duncan Longmore, of Kollosche.

No need to give up the nightlife when you’ve got this setup at home. Private nightclub, karaoke bar and matching Ferrari red wine cellar are all part of the package at 156 Tallai Rd, Tallai.

3. 156 Tallai Rd, Tallai
For sale: $6.8m
Hands-down the most quirky of the bunch, this lavish Hinterland home is now for sale after passing in at auction at $6.8m. The nine-bedroom estate was built over four years by a local developer and has a unique nightclub wing with a wet bar, karaoke stage, dance floor and state-of-the-art sound system for hosting mega parties, as well as a 16-seat cinema.
Dinner parties are covered too, with a formal dining room decked out with huge Roman-inspired wall murals. There’s also a study, large games room and 1500-bottle wine cellar, plus a glass elevator linking the three levels of the home, which was named Master Builders’ Gold Coast House of the Year in its day. The main house has seven bedrooms, including a master suite with an electronic ceiling that opens up to the night sky, while a second residence on the acreage has two bedrooms. The property is listed with Pascal Pierre of LJ Hooker Solutions.

Ultimate green change: Rivermead at 1 Caballo Rd, Guanaba is an equestrian estate steeped in history.

2. 1 Caballo Rd, Guanaba
For sale: $25m
Rivermead, a luxurious country estate in the Hinterland, was a hub of equine activity in the 1900s. In 2017, it was reinvented as a tourism and hospitality venue, offering a future buyer possibilities as a film set, boutique wedding venue, or destination for polo tournaments or corporate retreats. The property is marketed by Michael Kollosche, and features a historic six-bedroom plantation-style homestead spread over three levels and surrounded by wraparound verandas. Heading outdoors at this picturesque 55 acre holding, you’ll find a horsey paradise complete with international-sized polo field. There’s also a tennis court, basketball court, fire pit and oversized pool and spa.

How the other half live: 26-34 Knightsbridge Pde East, Sovereign Islands has received hits from all over the world.

1. 26-34 Knightsbridge Pde East, Sovereign Islands
For sale: $40m
And the gong for the Coast’s most viral home goes to this palatial new home with a huge price tag which, if achieved, would set a new sales record for QLD. It is set across a huge 4,254sq m block with 106m of absolute frontage to the Broadwater. It has six bedrooms and seven bathrooms and was designed by Bayden Goddard — architect to the Brunei Royal Family — and modelled on a 100-year-old chateau. Marketed by Amir Mian, of Amir Prestige, the property has east and west wings connected by a spectacular grand hall, 8m soaring ceilings, and marble floors. There’s a wellnes suite with massage room, Turkish bathhouse, 25m pool and manicured European style gardens.

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