Gold Coast real estate: Hamptons makeover hits the mark with buyers

Natalie and Robert Carlson, pictured with children Zara 7, Hunter 8, and Bobby, 7, have just sold their Coombabah. months. Picture Glenn Hampson
A showstopper Hamptons-inspired abode in a quiet Gold Coast suburb has hit the mark with buyers, drawing in almost 50 house hunters and a sale within five days.
The four-bedroom stunner at 12 Burrendong Rd, Coombabah went under contract at $1.37 million through Shannon Smith, principal of Smith & Co Realty, Paradise Point.
12 Burrendong Road, Coombabah has been transformed into a Hamptons-inspired showstopper.
The new pool.
AFTER: The outside has been completely transformed into a poolside oasis.
“This extraordinary sale not only reflects the owners’ exquisite attention to detail but also the dynamic growth of Coombabah,” Mr Smith said.
“We’re witnessing a rebound in buyer confidence, fuelled by speculation of a potential rate drop by the RBA and the media, which has energised the market.”
Vendors Natalie and Rob Carlson were behind the epic renovation which included stripping the house back to its frame and extending it.
BEFORE: The original house was a 1980s built brick home.
AFTER: What a transformation!
It was the fifth home renovation the couple had undergone, since moving to the Gold Coast in 2013.
The pair, who has three children — Hunter, 8, Zara, 7, and Bobby, six months — bought the Coombabah property in 2018, eager to settle down as their family expanded.
“We wanted to live and enjoy a house and we drove past this one and just loved the area,” Mrs Carlton said.
“We lived in it for a year to get a feel for the house and we had all of these ideas for the property.”
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BEFORE: The original kitchen.
AFTER: The sleek new kitchen.
AFTER: It now has a view of a pool.
They enlisted Bianca Gemmill of BCG Building Design — who also designed popular Gold Coast homes Bajo El Sol and Ohana Beach House — to help them bring their vision to life.
“We wanted a Hamptons home,” Mrs Carlton said.
“We also wanted a light-filled and breezy house with big open spaces.”
Natalie and Robert Carlson with children Zara 7, Hunter 8, and Bobby 7 months, and Chilli the dog. Picture Glenn Hampson
BEFORE: There was no pool before.
AFTER: Entertain beside the pool.
The end result is a nod to the USA’S affluent Long Island property scene, and includes timber, stone, and sage finishes as well as statement wallpaper, plantation shutters and stacker doors.
The kitchen, dining and lounge area opens to the 14m alfresco space with a rendered fireplace that overlooks the pool and timber deck.
“The house has got a beautiful flow to it,” Mrs Carlton said.
“Everything really works.”
AFTER: An aerial view of the property.
AFTER: Relax by the pool.
The most recent addition was the backyard pool which has been a game changer for the family.
“The kids kick the ball in the front yard so we didn’t want to lose that space so we put the pool in the backyard,” she said.
“We can see them when we’re cooking and basically from every aspect of the house.”
AFTER: The house flows to the outside entertaining area.
AFTER: Make a splash in the pool.
As well as the pool and entertaining area, another family favourite is the fireplace.
“People said we were crazy putting a fireplace in but it’s not for the heat, it’s for the ambience it creates,” she said.
“All year round we love it. The kids swim in the pool and then jump out and sit by the fire.”
The family have decided to sell so they can build.
AFTER: The fireplace is a family favourite.
“We hope the next people who buy it love it as much as we have,” she said.
PropTrack data reveals a typical house in Coombabah costs $801,663, up 7.63 per cent over 12 months.

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