One of Queensland’s most expensive homes has gone on the market with an asking price of a cool $25 million.
The stunning Mandalay House, located at Airlie Beach, was built in 2009. You’ll find the 4,200 sqm waterfront property tucked nicely in between the spectacular turquoise Coral Sea waters and a national park. The house itself has a whopping 2649 sqm of floor space – roughly 11 times the size of the average Australian home. The property boasts six bedrooms, and nine bathrooms (marble, of course), with the master bedroom alone covering 144 sqm (featuring a 52 sqm dressing room, naturally).
“At $25 million, the sale will be a record for Queensland, but it’s far from upper end for Australia. In Sydney, prices can be upwards of $100 million,” says the property’s agent, and owner of Unique Estates Australia, Nicolette van Wijngaarden.
Aside from uninterrupted ocean and island views of the Coral Sea, Mandalay House offers a cinema, gymnasium, pool rooms, ocean front pavilion with dining for 14 (marble bar & wood-fired pizza oven included), climate and humidity controlled cellar with dining for 12, a large wood paneled office (plus adjacent secretarial office), and the standard formal and informal dining rooms.
“Built by the current owner, every single detail is bespoke, from the carpets to the doors to the windows to the marina,” says Ms. van Wijngaarden.
Speaking of marinas, there’s plenty of room at Mandalay House to stow away all the toys.
“There’s a helipad, it’s got its own marina berth for up to 48 ft, but then if you have a super yacht it’s also got a deep water mooring, and there’s a super yacht marina just around the corner. It’s got its own boat shed with two jet ski docks, and it’s only a short chopper ride from Hamilton Island,” says Ms. van Wijngaarden.
And, in the rare event of a power failure (or zombie apocalypse), the property has back up generators, a desalination plant, and 450,000 liters of underground rainwater stored.
Of course, one can’t be expected to manage a property such as Mandalay House all on one’s own. Fortunately, there is an on-site property manager for that, as well as a maid’s room, butler’s pantry & separate caretaker’s cottage.
The property is owned and built by Neil and Denise Murray, who played a significant part in the Australian boating industry with their ownership of both Princess Yachts and later Sunseeker Yachts. The property has been on the market “very discreetly” for the past six months.
“It has received a range of interest, from both Australian and overseas buyers. It’s probably been 80 per cent international interest, and 20 per cent Australian,” says Ms van Wijngaarden.
“Nothing has been left for a new owner to do. It’s absolutely magnificent in every respect. At 25 million you can have it, walk in and walk out… apart from the artwork of course.”