Renovated Runaway Bay gem ready for new owners

Jacqui Lewis and her three children,Fleur, 12, Fynn, 16, Sam, 15, at the Runaway Bay beach house. Picture: Glenn Hampson
The Lewis family swapped Melbourne’s four seasons in one day for an idyllic life on the Coast, watching the ever-changing seascape unfold before their Runaway Bay beach house.
Jacqueline and Jeff Lewis purchased their character-filled four-bedroom, two-bathroom home in 2016 and undertook extensive renovations to enhance its coastal ambience.
The couple and their three children, Fynn, 16, Sam, 15, and Fleur, 12, have since enjoyed many adventure-packed days, taking advantage of 22m of canal frontage from the house with a boat ramp and pontoon providing easy access to the Broadwater.
The two-storey beach house
Covered patio overlooking the pool
A boat ramp and pontoon provide bridge-free access to the Broadwater
“We’d never really even holidayed on the Coast before we moved, but we could picture a life with a boat at our back door, and so we were really drawn to the Broadwater,” Ms Lewis said.
“We’ve spent many weekends going all the way up to Peel Island [in Moreton Bay] and it’s been such a good place for the kids to be able to explore from a young age — before the jetskis were the tinnies.”
Regular visitors to the property’s boat ramp included turtles and dolphins as well as schools of bream each morning and afternoon.
But with the children growing up, the time has come for the Lewis family to move on and
the home on an 807sq m lot at 7 Samarai Ave will go under the hammer on August 12.
It is marketed by Ray White agent James Drake.
The home has been extensively renovated
Contemporary coastal style
The home’s bathrooms, laundry and kitchen were all renovated with luxury finishes, while flooring, doors and windows were upgraded and pendant lighting installed.
Shiplap cladding and VJ panelled walls were added to enhance the home’s traditional charm, while a neutral colour palette allowed light to flood open living spaces beneath soaring cathedral ceilings.
Ms Lewis, a management consultant with a passion for interior design, said they rented the home for a year before buying it.
“When we walked into that house I would have described it as a bit of an ugly duckling, but it had a beautiful structure and I could see how it could be transformed,” she said.
“I wanted to create a calming space where everyone can relax and unwind, and the neutral interiors really allow the outlook to shine.”
CaesarStone benchtop and louvre cabinetry in the kitchen
Soaring ceilings and VJ panelled walls add character
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A north-facing patio is ideal for entertaining, with a built-in barbecue kitchen and bar fridge leading to the pool and sun deck.
Mr Drake said the property was located in tightly held enclave of Runaway Bay which was sought after by boaties and seachangers.
“Most of the homes in these streets don’t come to market for at least a decade, and those that do become available are usually unrenovated,” he said.
“It is a unique area for its accessibility to the Broadwater, with zero bridges to navigate between the pontoon and open water so it is quite desirable even for larger boats.
Picture perfect from all angles
French doors open onto a private courtyard
“I think the home lends itself to that sort of beach vibe, and we have had lots of people inquiring from Sydney and Melbourne as well as from interstate, so I’m expecting a great crowd at the auction.”

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