Surfers Paradise penthouse sold in secret deal

Northcliffe Residences penthouse
A SURFERS Paradise penthouse that once claimed the record for the Gold Coast’s most expensive off-the-plan sale has new owners.
The glamorous Northcliffe Residences penthouse apartment has sold in a confidential deal handled by Tolemy Stevens, of Harcourts Coastal.
New Zealand-based retired tech entrepreneur Nick Gordon and his wife Andrea splashed $6m to secure the trophy sky home in 2016, with the purchase settled once the tower was completed in 2019.
With Covid travel bans introduced shortly after, the couple was only able to visit a few times and listed the 608sq m luxury pad for sale by private auction in August.
Vendors Andrea and Nick Gordon purchased the property in 2016
It didn’t sell at auction and was then then listed at $10.25m, but the actual sale price was undisclosed.
The penthouse at 2501/3 Northcliffe Tce has four bedrooms and five bathrooms, and is spread over two levels of extravagant living, with floor-to-ceiling glass capturing 360 degree views over the Pacific Ocean, city skyline and the Hinterland.
Spanning the entire 25th and 26th floors, the home’s features include an elegant formal dining zone and bar plus wine display fridges, butler’s kitchen with custom stone benchtops, and lift access to the showstopper rooftop entertaining terrace with barbecue kitchen, heated pool and spa.
The rooftop entertaining terrace
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Mr Stevens said he was unable to comment on details of the Northcliffe contract, but said the sale demonstrated continued strength in the Gold Coast luxury real estate market.
“In times where people are possibly second-guessing the market, this is just another one of many fantastic recent sales that show Gold Coast luxury and beachfront property is still very much sought after by high-net-worth individuals and families,” Mr Stevens said.
“When you see the challenges facing Sydney or Melbourne markets, the Gold Coast is still holding strong, with buyers still seeing spectacular value in securing a property here.
“We genuinely do not have enough stock of luxury beachfront properties for sale to meet demand,” he said.
High-end finishes include custom stone benchtops
Soaring ceilings and city skyline
Mr Stevens said the vendors had worked closely with Northcliffe Residences developers, CNQC, and architect, Cottee Parker, to customise the floor plan to best suit their lifestyle, as well as raising the home’s ceiling height to a lofty 5m.
“The story went that the owners pushed the ceiling up that high that it actually went into air space that was higher than the previously approved DA,” Mr Stevens said.
“The developer had to go and re-apply for the higher airspace. That was an extremely costly experience, but one I think paid off in spades.
Butler’s kitchen
Do not disturb …
“That height is something you don’t often find at all, and the sheer opulence and luxury of space afforded by those soaring ceilings was certainly one of the stand-out features this penthouse had to offer,” he said.
At time of purchase, Mr Gordon said the tower’s residents-only policy was another drawcard.
“We can walk out the door and immediately have the sand between our toes, which is wonderful when you’re escaping the New Zealand winter,” said the founder of the Kiwi-based Australasian Zintel Group.

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