Reno-savvy sellers double their cash on Queenslander

The Queenslander-style home was one of the Gold Coast’s most viewed properties
A fixer-upper that was one of the Gold Coast’s hottest listings when it last hit the market has sold again for twice the price after a whirlwind renovation by a local couple.
The Queenslander-style home at 154 Guineas Creek Rd, Currumbin Waters was snapped up for $1.75 million before auction following a marketing campaign by Billy Jaz, of McGrath Palm Beach.
It had been transformed from ugly duckling to modern stunner by Holly Charters and Kale Fogg, who purchased the rundown home on an 820sq m block for $845,000 in February 2021.
The home was a quirky inclusion in last year’s list of the Gold Coast’s most-viewed properties for sale on, holding its own among sprawling celebrity enclaves and dream beachfront mansions.
After – neutral colours provide an elegant canvas
Before – that fretwork though
Then sporting a dated pink-and-blue facade, the home’s great bones sparked a click frenzy among like-minded house flippers drawn to its charming VJ panelled walls, timber detailing and fretwork.
“There were so many people who wanted to buy it like they did to renovate and sell, but they just nailed the reno and when every little square inch is done so well it makes it easier for the next buyer to say, ‘done, I want it’,” Mr Jaz said.
The new buyer had been searching in the area for some time, and was relocating from Victoria to be closer to family, he said.
Before – not-so-pretty in pink (and blue)
After – Everything’s all white
Ms Charters and Mr Fogg lived in the waterview home with their three children, aged 1, 4, and 6, while they refurbished and updated every space over a period of nine months.
“Keeping that heritage aspect by maintaining the Queenslander style was super important to us and we really wanted to do the house justice,” Ms Charters said.
“It was really about modernising what was there. We didn’t change much of the layout at all.”
Luxurious calcutta stone benches and modern appliances were added to the first-floor kitchen, which was moved towards the front of the house, while another area was enclosed to make an additional bedroom.

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The backyard was upgraded with a mineral swimming pool repurposed from a shipping container, and an inviting al fresco area added.
Mr Jaz said the property’s elevated position was another drawcard, with buyers shunning low-lying streets following recent flooding in the suburb.
Median house prices in Currumbin Waters increased by 34.9 per cent in the 12 months to December 2021, REA Group data shows.
The bathroom before
After – bright and fresh

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