January 27, 2021

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Inside the Burleigh Heads mansion that offers a piece of the Hamptons in suburban Australia

A slice of the Hamptons Down Under: Inside family’s four-bedroom ‘dream’ house – complete with a resort-inspired glass swimming pool, TWO living rooms and a gold bathroom fit for a king

  • A house on a quiet street in suburban Queensland looks like it’s been plucked straight from the Hamptons
  • The upmarket community on Long Island, New York, is known for its iconic white weatherboard mansions
  • Owners were inspired by the style when they designed the four-bedroom in Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast
  • A glass swimming pool and freestanding bath are just some of the standout features of the three-storey house

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On a quiet street in suburban Queensland, one house looks like it has been plucked straight from the Hamptons, a string of upmarket seaside communities on Long Island that serves as a summer playground for New York’s elite.

The area is famous for its iconic architecture, characterised by stately columns and walls clad in white weatherboards on the outside and minimally opulent finishes like Italian marble behind the front door.

Business strategist owners Toni and Michael Bache were inspired by that style when they designed their four-bedroom ‘dream’ house in Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast, 10 minutes from the beach.

A free standing bathtub and a glass-edged swimming pool sunk into the ground are just two of the standout features of the three-storey house spread over three floors that was built by award-winning designer Michael Tomlinson and PJH Constructions over the course of 18 months.

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On a quiet street in suburban Queensland, one house (pictured) looks like it has been plucked straight from the Hamptons, a string of upmarket seaside communities on Long Island renowned as a summer playground for New York's elite

On a quiet street in suburban Queensland, one house (pictured) looks like it has been plucked straight from the Hamptons, a string of upmarket seaside communities on Long Island renowned as a summer playground for New York’s elite

A glass-edged swimming pool sunk into the ground is just one of the standout features of the three-storey house

A glass-edged swimming pool sunk into the ground is just one of the standout features of the three-storey house

Almost 7,000 DIY lovers followed the journey on the Bache’s dedicated Instagram account, Reno Inspo, as the building was transformed into the kind of house dreams are made of.

European oak floorboards and soft wool carpets woven from luxurious New Zealand wool run throughout, with remote-controlled fireplaces on the walls and intricate cornices on the ceilings.

No detail has been overlooked, with impeccable finishes like oak handrails running along the custom-made glass banister of the stairs and brushed gold fixtures in the powder room and each of the two designer bathrooms that look fit for a king.

It’s a similar story in the chef’s kitchen, where a large island bench acts as the centrepiece surrounded by gold hardware, marble countertops and a walk-in butler’s pantry. 

A freestanding bathtub and brushed gold fixtures are seen in the opulent master bathroom that looks fit for a king

A freestanding bathtub and brushed gold fixtures are seen in the opulent master bathroom that looks fit for a king

A large island bench acts as the centrepiece in the chef's kitchen, surrounded by gold hardware, marble countertops and a walk-in butler's pantry

A large island bench acts as the centrepiece in the chef’s kitchen, surrounded by gold hardware, marble countertops and a walk-in butler’s pantry

Two sprawling open-plan living rooms are flooded with natural light through ox-eye windows, a style ubiquitous across the Hamptons ultra-exclusive 3188 postcode

Two sprawling open-plan living rooms are flooded with natural light through ox-eye windows, a style ubiquitous across the Hamptons ultra-exclusive 3188 postcode

The design of the house is inspired by the Hamptons, a unique style of architecture characterised by stately columns and walls clad in white weatherboards on the outside and minimally opulent finishes like Italian marble behind the front door

The design of the house is inspired by the Hamptons, a unique style of architecture characterised by stately columns and walls clad in white weatherboards on the outside and minimally opulent finishes like Italian marble behind the front door

A covered outdoor entertainment terrace and barbecue area lead down steps to a landscaped garden

The grass that can be watered from a system connected to WiFi in the house

A covered outdoor entertainment terrace and barbecue area lead down steps to a landscaped garden with grass that can be watered from a system connected to WiFi in the house 

No detail has been overlooked, with impeccable finishes like oak handrails running along the custom-made glass banister of the stairs

No detail has been overlooked, with impeccable finishes like oak handrails running along the custom-made glass banister of the stairs

Two sprawling open-plan living rooms are flooded with natural light through ox-eye windows, a style ubiquitous across the Hamptons ultra-exclusive 3188 postcode. 

The master bedroom takes up the entire top level, where white timber beams tower over bohemian-inspired rattan interiors and windows that capture unrestricted views of Burleigh Heads National Park.

An ensuite to the side of the bedroom has double ‘his and hers’ sinks, perfect for couples. 

The master bedroom takes up the entire top level, where timber ceiling beams run over chic white interiors and ox-eye windows overlook Burleigh Heads National Park

The master bedroom takes up the entire top level, where timber ceiling beams run over chic white interiors and ox-eye windows overlook Burleigh Heads National Park

An ensuite to the side of the bedroom has double 'his and hers' sinks, perfect for couples

An ensuite to the side of the bedroom has double ‘his and hers’ sinks, perfect for couples

The house, which has been listed with real estate agency Ray White, is being sold at auction on November 28

A guide price has not been provided for the private sale

The house, which has been listed with real estate agency Ray White, is being sold at private auction on November 28

A covered outdoor entertainment terrace and barbecue area lead down steps to a landscaped garden with grass that can be watered from a system connected to WiFi in the house.

The house, which has been listed with real estate agency Ray White, is being sold at private auction on November 28.

A guide price has not been provided.

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