Couple’s beachfront love shack goes under the hammer

THIS 1960s Palm Beach shack promises many more years of fun ahead thanks to a heartfelt renovation by a couple of childhood sweethearts.

Annabelle and Rory Galligan purchased the dilapidated, asbestos-riddled cottage for $5.4 million at auction in December 2021 and rebuilt it from the original hardwood frame over six months.

Known as the Palm Beach Bungalow, the four-bedroom, two-bathroom property on a 413sq m absolute beachfront lot at 233 Jefferson Lne goes to auction on March 24 with Troy Dowker, of Kollosche.

“There were other houses on the market at the same time which were more liveable, but we like a challenge,” Ms Galligan said.

“We knew we had to take it back to the bones so that’s what we did.”

Front row seat to the best of beach living

The result is an endearing statement against the multi-storey luxury homes dominating the prized stretch.

As an occasional holiday rental property, the four-bedroom, two-bathroom home commanded between $1100 and $2500 a night during peak periods.

“In looking at these modern white boxes people don’t get that emotional connection,” Ms Galligan said.

“We looked back to vacations of past and childhood memories of being on the beach in a bungalow, and we went with that emotional vibe rather than what was on-trend in the building industry.”

The Galligans have been together since the age of 16 and have two daughters, aged 3 and 6. They purchased their first home in Brisbane’s Inala and have restored Queenslanders in inner-city Paddington, where heritage restrictions instilled appreciation for what could be preserved.

Palm Springs style inside

The Palm Beach Bungalow’s fresh mint green facade turns heads along the southern Coast’s most exclusive street, while a longboard, deck chairs and umbrella behind a breeze block wall set the retro scene.

Inside, natural timber and Italian marble combine with plantation shutters, pendant lighting and a playful pink-and-green palette in chic Palm Springs style.

A neon sign reading, ‘life is beautiful’ pops against tropical print wallpaper, and a gold standing lamp in the shape of a palm tree glows next to a quirky driftwood sofa.

Beams and most of the original floorboards were retained, the sliding doors painstakingly restored, and vintage windows salvaged from a junk yard.

Another level was added below the original house, complete with living room, office, guest bedroom and bathroom.

Another level was added under the house

Mr Galligan is the founding director of Fine Line Commercial, a plastering and carpentry company with high-end projects including Brisbane’s Queens St Wharf and the luxury 272 Hedges tower at Mermaid Beach.

He said the simple architectural form of the traditional fibro shack had proved well suited to its environment.

“You see a lot of white concrete houses because they survive the coast, but this was built out of hardwood and it’s already survived for 60 years, so you know it’s a good build, you know it’s a good shape and design for here,” he said.

Mr Dowker said the home had been, “very well received by the market”, with more than 100 inquiries in 9 days since it was listed.

“It’s a passion project for the owners and they’ve done an exceptional transformation,” Mr Dowker said.

The family is reluctantly moving on as Mr Galligan spends increasing hours in Brisbane and on the Sunshine Coast for work.

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