Max Twig is selling 1/31 Albatross Ave, Mermaid Beach.
AUSTRALIAN GT endurance racing driver turned multi-millionaire businessman Max Twigg has learned that in life, you win some, you lose some.
When it comes to his family home on Albatross Ave in Mermaid Beach, he definitely feels like a winner.
Melbourne-born Max – who made his fortune when he sold his family’s landfill business to cleaning giant Cleanaway for $155m in 2007 – picked up the beachfront pad in 2008 for $10m to use as a holiday house.
New business ventures soon led Max to be spending more time in the Sunshine State and, he said, “the more time I spent up here the more I enjoyed it”.
The 21m lap pool and spa.
Max decided it was time to make a more permanent move north and for the past five years the Mermaid Beach pad at 1/31 Albatross Ave has become home for him, his partner and three boys, Harrison, 4, Edward, 20, and William, 22.
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The duplex is spread over three floors with the Twiggs having access to the building’s entire ground level, which extends to a large lawn area fronting 12m of sand along Nobbys Beach.
The house is open to expressions of interest.
It’s no wonder Max, who has owned other properties along the coastline, including on Hedges Ave, decided to take an elongated pit-stop in this beachside abode.
Four bedrooms, a home office, cinema room, gym, spa, 21m lap pool, mosaic-tiled sauna and a four-car garage with a turntable, are only the start of an exhaustive list of features.
And the property is in immaculate condition for a home that is in pole position when it comes to being exposed to salt, sand and sea air.
Max said he spent almost $500,000 replacing and upgrading everything to a flawless finish not long after moving in.
The property has amazing beachfront views.
“We put in new appliances, changed every light and switch, redid the floors, balustrades and the bathroom. The pool, steam and powder rooms were all renovated and two years ago we repainted the whole house,” Max said.
“Mermaid Beach has just been a beautiful place to live.
Mr Twigg bought the property in 2008.
“We can access the side gate into the park and Nobbys Beach Surf Club where we spend a lot of time, particularly on the weekends. And in the week it’s all locals which is nice,” he said.
“I think Albatross Ave is a far better and easier place to live than Hedges Ave. We can walk to Burleigh, to Rick Shores to grab a bug role and walk home again.
Alfresco entertaining all year round.
“It’s just a charming place to live.”
When not mixing with the locals, Max said he likes to spend time hanging out in the steam room and spa at home.
“There are sliding doors that open onto a semi-covered balcony beside the pool and spa area.
The master ensuite.
We use that part of the house every day. You can just sit there and look through the house out to the ocean,” Max said.
As much as he has enjoyed his stint by the beach, Max wants to change down a gear, swapping the beach for a rural life.
“I want a lifestyle change,” Max said. “I grew up on a farm and I miss it. I just want to go back and build something that is mine, make a clean start.”
The mosaic-tiled steam room.
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