‘Priceless’: collector’s $6 million luxury trove has fossils in the floor

64 Cabana Blvd, Benowa Waters
A one-of-a-kind home with a $5.975m price tag was designed to hold a “priceless” collection of fossils, along with antiques and original artworks sourced from around the world.
But while its contents could rival a modern museum, luxury living is the priority at the six-bedroom, five-bathroom Benowa Waters property.
Features include two pools and a showstopping al fresco entertaining pavilion with a black granite bar, commercial-grade teppanyaki barbecue kitchen, and hot rock grill.
There’s two heated magnesium pools, a champagne swim-up bar, 240-bottle wine-tasting room and saki bar, and a state-of-the-art home cinema.
The home fronts the Nerang River
Exotic style inspired by a luxury zen retreat
Conceived by homeowner, Austin Watson, with award-winning designer, Reece Keil, the home on a 1,002sq m parcel fronting Nerang River at 64 Cabana Blvd was inspired by global exploration and the zen holiday retreats of southeast Asia.
The renovated house utilises rare natural materials to showcase 67 antique artefacts, 22 original artworks, and memorabilia, with highlights including floors made from, “fossil-infused limestone and laser-ground pebbles”, as well as, “hand-laid stone, Kwila timber and Surian Cedar lined walls and ceilings”, the property listing states.
Marketing agents, Daniel Sharp and Brad Coyne, of Kollosche, released the asking price after the two-level home was passed in at a January auction called by real estate guru, Tom Panos.

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Mr Watson said he worked with Keil to realise a waterfront sanctuary of art, culture and creature comforts.
“The house is named Alila, which means surprise in Sanskrit, and when you step inside the front gate you don’t expect to find this in Benowa Waters,” Mr Watson said.
Mr Sharp said the home’s unique style, detail and standard of finishes placed it in a league of its own.
“This home is unique and priceless to the point that you could not source the materials nor gain approval to build it again in this location,” he said.
Property records show the block was transferred to Mr Watson for $1.02m in 2002.
Open-air lap pool at the centre of the home
The poolside entertaining pavilion with gazebos, sundecks and luxury facilities
Timber and stune finishes and limestone-infused floors
An antique statue in one of the home’s many living areas
The house is priced just under $6m

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