Tropical oasis hidden in plain sight at the heart of the Gold Coast

first_img28 Mackay Close, Sorrento. The house on Mackay Close is on a 1028sq m north facing fan-shaped block.Its open kitchen, living and dining area is characterised by soaring ceilings and a neutral palette with splashes of colour.There is a sunken formal lounge room with a fireplace and timber floors as well as a media room, which could double as a gym, with bar and wine fridges. 28 Mackay Close, Sorrento. 28 Mackay Close, Sorrento.“I’ve had people here who have said, ‘you wouldn’t know you’re in the middle of the Gold Coast.”More than a decade later, the garden remains one of Mrs Baulch’s favourite parts of the home.“I just sit out on the deck and watch the nature,” she said.“We have a lot of black swans, bird life and dolphins.“Often the hot air balloons come quite close too.“It’s just so relaxing.”MORE NEWS: Melbourne family will live like The Jetsons 28 Mackay Close, Sorrento. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45 28 Mackay Close, Sorrento.IT was a case of love at first sight when Laverne and Markus Baulch walked through the front door of this Sorrento house.“We bought it the minute we saw it,” Mrs Baulch said.“It’s just Gold Coast personified.”The couple liked the feel of the house but it was the backyard’s tropical oasis overlooking the water that made them sign the dotted line.“I think it’s the greenery that sets it apart,” she said.“We’ve got tropical gardens that have been here for 40 years. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoMORE NEWS: Cave with power, water nation’s cheapest ‘house’ 28 Mackay Close, Sorrento.There are four bedrooms, the main of which has an ensuite and opens onto the backyard deck, which can also be access via the living area.A pavilion on the left side of the deck, which is surrounded by tropical plants and overlooks the canal, commands attention.Walk down feature wooden stairs toward the resort-style pool and spa, which is at the centre of the tropical garden, where there is also a deck area.“We’ve had many a party around that pool,” Mrs Baulch said.There is also a jetty, boat ramp and winch.As much the Baulch family loved the home, they have reluctantly decided to sell it so they can downsize.They hoped the new owners would love and cherish it as much as they do.“We’d like to pass it on to somebody else that loves it like we do,” Mrs Baulch said.The property will go under the hammer next weekend.last_img read more