FEATURES OF THE PROPERTY FOR SALE
The property for sale is situated within a large gated estate now known as 'Chesapeake Estate' which comprises six residential lots. It is set high on a hillside close to the ocean, and has impressive panoramic views over forest, ocean (with islands in the distance), and over the eastern end of Airlie Beach and the ‘Port of Airlie’ marina resort development.
According to Whitsunday Council, Lot 6 in 'Chesapeake Estate' measures 1.687 hectares (4.17 acres), within an estate of 76 hectares (188 acres). By way of background, Lot 6 was formerly Lot 29 within the original 'Parc Exclusif' estate at which time it measured 3.448 hectares. The discrepancy is, I am advised, due to the area of the adjacent common property roadway. The majority of the estate remains forested.
In legal terms, Chesapeake Estate is known as a Community Titles Scheme (Small Schemes Module). There are currently four homes within the estate, with a maximum of two more yet to be constructed.
The original estate ('Parc Exclusif') was developed by a New Zealander by the name of Donald McDonald. Don had a vision of a very exclusive high-security retirement estate incorporating a private hospital. Don spent several million dollars in the early-mid 1980’s purchasing the land and building infrastructure that included a water reticulation system and a sealed private road built to public road standards (including rock retaining walls, armco fencing, stormwater culverts, etc). The house now being offered for sale was built to very exacting standards by Don for his own use.
The mansion has always been jokingly said to be the very best place to shelter should a mammoth cyclone hit the region. And true enough it has weathered several storms without suffering any significant damage.
The home is a two storey Mediterranean-style villa comprising:
Internal living space of 309 square metres per floor (i.e. 618 square metres in total)
Patio space of 230 square metres
A plant room of 35 square metres on a lower ground level underneath the house. This includes the spa bath pump, one large electric water heater, and storage space
A detached double garage of 100 square metres with two remote operated roller-doors, with a large workshop underneath.
On the first floor of the home there is a:
Master bedroom - Air conditioned with a tiled floor with spacious built-in drawers and wardrobes. There is a door onto the balcony.
Bathroom #1 – Situated immediately opposite the Master bedroom, this large bathroom features a shower (re-tiled in 2017), a separate bath, hand basin and large storage cupboard with mirrored doors.
Bedroom #2 with ensuite bathroom – An air-conditioned room with tiled flooring, and spacious built-in drawers and wardrobes. There is a door onto the balcony. The ensuite bathroom has a shower/bath unit, hand basin and toilet.
Large tiled central breezeway/corridor with stairway to the ground level. There is man-hole access to an expansive above-ceiling area
Large kitchen with adjacent scullery, a walk-in pantry, and a laundry and storage area. The kitchen has a tiled floor with large triple stainless steel sink, large stainless ceiling exhaust system over a large electric induction cooktop on an island bench, a custom-made kitchen table (which stays with the house), a wall oven, dishwasher, and a large walk-in pantry.
Expansive living/dining area (with servery hatch into kitchen).
On the ground floor there is:
Bedroom #3 - Air conditioned and carpeted with spacious built-in drawers and wardrobes. There is a door onto the balcony and another that connects to the bathroom.
Bathroom #3 – A large room featuring a shower recess (re-tiled in 2018), a sunken spa bath, toilet, bidet, two hand basins with marble benchtops, an exhaust fan and ceiling fans, and a large built-in linen cupboard.
Games area (west) - This room currently accommodates a snooker table, but could be readily modified to become an additional large bedroom. It has a tiled floor with two doors, one opening onto the balcony and one onto an adjacent level lawn area.
Games area (east) - This tiled area lends itself to a pool table, rumpus room, gym, craft room, etc. It has one door onto an adjacent level lawn area and one door to the home office space & service corridor.
Home office space - This air-conditioned tiled area has doors connecting to the games area, and the service corridor.
A service corridor with laundry area and cupboards/drawers at the northern end - This tiled area includes a second large hot water heater, the 3-phase power board, storage cupboards, and stainless steel laundry sink and bench/cupboards. There are doors connecting to the home office space, the balcony/adjacent lawn area, and the storage room.
A storage room and cold rooms - This large tiled room was originally intended for food storage, but could readily be converted to an additional bedroom. Adjacent to it are two large cool-rooms with shelving, each measuring approx. 6.1m long x 2.1m wide x 2.7m tall.
Renovation of this room might include the conversion of one cold room into an ensuite bathroom, plus the possible installation of French doors to permit direct access to the large adjacent outdoor patio area. If converted to a bedroom then alternative access to one or both cold rooms could be made possible via the Games area (west).
Construction features of the home
Aside from its size and its scenic outlook, another striking feature of this home is its structural strength. The original owner was apparently somewhat of a 'survivalist', and this is reflected in various features such as (at least) five heavy duty hinges, two slide bolts, and a key lock on all doors (even internal doors), hardened glass window panes, window shutters and provision for protective cyclone (hurricane) bars, enormous food storage space, etc.
Another indication of the strength of this home is the fact that there is no evidence of significant cracking or movement in any part of the house. It is quite simply, built like a fortress.
Further features include:
- Reinforced concrete strip and pad footings
- Reinforced concrete slab floors including the balconies
- Poured reinforced concrete external walls with painted cement rendered finish
- Poured reinforced concrete internal walls with painted cement rendered finish
- Plasterboard first floor ceilings with internal plaster cornices throughout
- Colourbond Klip Lok roof sheeting
- Stainless steel roof guttering
- Decorative (painted) solid-core timber doors with galvanised and powder-coated (white) steel security doors
- Tiled balconies/patios on both levels, with powder-coated (white) aluminium balustrading
Fixtures, fittings and other improvements:
There are seven air-conditioning units installed, although natural ventilation through and within the house means that these are rarely required. Variable-speed ceiling fans are also fitted in many parts of the house.
Windows on the western side of the house feature wind-down roller shutters. There are also cyclone bars that can be readily installed on the garage entry, on the doors at each end of the central corridor (upper level), and on several of the large panoramic windows on the northern end of the house (upper level).
Other items include:
3 x 44.5 kilolitre concrete rainwater tanks
Pumphouse with Grundfos electric pump (replaced in December 2019)
Dunlite portable petrol fuelled electric generator
Concrete and rock retaining walls