Mid-century modern meets 21st-century luxury

15 Bal Harbour, Broadbeach Waters, has the feel of a luxry hotel or private members club such as London’s Soho House.
AS soon as you enter this reinvented 1980s home, tucked away at the end of a quiet cul de sac in Broadbeach Waters, it is clear that it is no ordinary Gold Coast property.
The owner, Sarah Andrews has taken the aesthetics of a 1960s-era family home and elevated them to a level that is on par with a luxury hotel or private members’ club, such as London’s Soho House. The result is a mid-century modern masterpiece.
Ms Andrews decied to keep the house single-storey which is unusual for Broadbeach Waters.
Ms Andrews, the daughter of Gold Coast developer Danny Andrews, who founded Andrews Projects, has blurred the line between old and new so expertly that it is often difficult to differentiate between the two.
The vaulted ceilings are original cedar.
The raked cedar ceilings in pristine condition, for example, are all original, yet the matching timber veneer kitchen has been newly built. The dining table is antique, as is the sideboard record player, yet the settees are from Coco Republic.

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Burleigh party pad with a private tiki bar
Beside the bar area is a window seat taking in the city skyline.
Old or new, the overall effect is that anyone who enters this property feels in an instant, welcome, warm – at home.
The secret to such a successful renovation lies in the detail and Ms Andrew’s passion for interior design and architecture is evident in her sophisticated colour choices and bespoke selection of light fittings, paint, tiles, tapware and soft furnishings.
The art deco sitting room and brick fireplace.
“While the most simple details of a home can appear effortless, the irony is that they are often the most time-consuming and expensive to execute,” Ms Andrews said.
As the sales and marketing director for her father’s business, Ms Andrews has helped many people find their dream home over the years, but when it came to buying her own home, it wasn’t as easy.
Sarah Andrews at home in Broadbeach Waters.
Many properties that she looked at just didn’t feel right, but Sarah said that was how she knew 15 Bal Harbour was the one.
“I had no pre-conceived idea of what I wanted, it was more just a feeling,” she said. “It was the first time I really felt that pull with a home.
The dining table is restored antique.
“In terms of the renovation, I didn’t want to just paint everything white. It’s a brick house and so it was more about trying to make it the best version of itself and within that I found reference to that mid-century aesthetic,” she said.
Old or new? You decide.
It is not only the interiors of this home, however, that make you want to pull up a seat and stay a while.
Despite its understated street facade, the property fans out across a 1,098sq m point position block, one of only four on Bal Harbour, which is in the Golden Triangle precinct. It comes with access to more than 38m of water frontage and has its own stretch of sandy beach.
15 Bal Harbour, Broadbeach Waters
The property has amazing views, a large lawn area and sandy beach along its 38m waterfrontage.
The home’s floor plan was designed to take advantage of the outlook and city skyline backdrop, with the bar, kitchen, dining and living areas all connecting to the alfresco spaces.
While Ms Andrews said she had loved living in her unique home for the past three years, she had purchased another property, which she intended to renovate, albeit in a completely different style.
The house has been a hit with Melbourne buyers.
“I live on Instagram and Pinterest. It’s a genuine passion for me – real estate interiors and architecture. I live and breathe it,” she said.
“I’m a creative person and I have a creative outlet here, whether it is designing a huge building, or a home, for me it’s fun.”

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