Hacienda meets Palm Springs at renovated waterfront home

The property is a photoshoot location for brands including Jaase, which was co-founded by the homeowner
Hacienda meets Palm Springs at this modern retro home with a dreamy Mediterranean vibe.
The owners of the quirky waterfront property on the southern Gold Coast focused on enhancing original 1970s features, including curved windows, archways, and a terracotta tiled roof, during renovations spanning three years.
The four-bedroom, three-bathroom home on an 842sq m corner block at 246 Mallawa Dr, Palm Beach is marketed by Mishy Canning, of LJ Hooker, and goes to auction on August 20.
Homeowner Amy McDonnell and her partner, Liam Bygott, purchased the property in March 2019.
Amy says she has long been inspired by the architecture of Spain, where she and her mother, Karen, established an overseas base for Jaase, the bohemian-style wholesale clothing brand they founded together in 2014.
The peach-toned front door was custom-made for the home
Jaase designs pictured at Casa Mallawa
“When we saw this house I just fell in love with the original arched windows and decided I wanted to make them pretty,” Amy says.
“It’s been an ongoing project for us and it took longer than we’d planned because of Covid, but we’ve kept it fun!”
As warm and functional as it is visually appealing, the property, dubbed Casa Mallawa, has served as a photoshoot location for Jaase’s own campaigns, as well as a range of other Australian and international labels.
The low-set home has a white rendered exterior, with stepping stones set among a pebbled pathway studded with cacti leading the way to a bespoke peach-coloured front door.
Large arched windows allow light to fill living spaces
Dinner with a view
Peach, terrazzo and brass accents in the bathroom
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Inside, panelled ceilings have been washed in white above the spacious lounge room. The modern kitchen with white Caesarstone benchtop and timber cabinetry has a butler’s nook with a charming built-in window bench seat that also provides further concealed storage.
The rear of the home backs directly onto calm waters, with a private jetty providing access to the ocean via Currumbin Estuary.
“We’ve got our own little beach,” Amy says.
“Liam and I will jump into our boat and take the two dogs down to Tallebudgera.”
Your private jetty
Come twilight, the area could be a picture postcard of a southern Californian resort, with striking succulent gardens surrounding a pool edged in travertine tiles and flanked by an al fresco barbecue area and a deck with a white sun lounge at the water’s edge.
“We love the afternoon sunsets on the water by the pool and the location as we can walk to the beach and the cafes,” Amy says.
Although some structural changes to the home were made to open up living spaces, Amy says they were mindful to retain as much of the original architecture as possible, right down to sourcing a specialist who could recreate the decorative ceiling borders where sections of wall had been replaced.
Resort style in the backyard
The bathrooms were also remodelled, with the largest featuring terrazzo tiled floor, brass tapware, and a stunning peach-toned bathtub by Concrete Nation.
The house has ducted air-conditioning throughout, and also comprises a study, master bedroom with walk-in robe and ensuite, and a three-car garage which is currently converted to a home gym.
Amy says they will move to northern NSW to be closer to family.

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