Beachfront Queensland Mansion With Drive-In Foyer Lists For $6.8 Million
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Beachfront Queensland Mansion With Drive-In Foyer Lists For $6.8 Million

There’s also a saltwater aquarium, a soundproof office and views of the Great Barrier Reef.

By V.L Hendrickson
Thu, Jun 16, 2022 10:31amGrey Clock 2 min

A contemporary waterfront megamansion with a drive-in foyer, a lionfish-stocked saltwater aquarium and direct access to the beach hit the market Monday with a guide price of $6.8 million.

Located in Kewarra Beach — which is part of the Cairns northern beaches region of Queensland—the residence is expected to set a record for the most expensive home in the area, according to listing agent Barbara Wolveridge of Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty.

“The highest sale price [in the region] is $6.5 million and we anticipate exceeding that price with the Astoria House sale which has a price guide of $6.8 million,” she said in an email. “With the buyers’ interest that we have received to date, we anticipate establishing a new benchmark sale for the region.”

Designed by Los Angeles-based architect Andy Hall, the more than 1050sqm abode was commissioned by restaurant entrepreneur Alistair Paton and his wife, Theresa, and completed in 2018. They purchased the underlying property in 2009 for A$1.3 million, according to records on PropTrack.

The glass-and-steel home was designed to maximize views of Double Island and beyond to the Great Barrier Reef. In fact, it has the largest glass window in the southern hemisphere and it is manufactured with bulletproof glass, according to Mr. Paton. The couple also installed an array of impressive amenities, starting with the foyer, which boasts drive-in capabilities and room to display a car collection.   

“People [are] instantly wowed when they walk through the front door and see the massive steel-and-glass curtain wall,” Mr Paton said in an email. “Everyone wonders how it was built, how long it took and how we got the materials to the building site. They also love the Ducati inside, the extensive art gallery walls and the vintage Alfa Romeo that we used to have parked inside.”

The saltwater aquarium is another highlight.

“We have lionfish, an epaulette shark, stonefishes, Picasso triggerfish, and a dog-faced puffer,” Mr Paton continued. “I wanted a tank with a blue-ringed octopus and leopard sharks, however, that was sensibly tempered given our young children enjoying feeding the fish.”

The home has five bedrooms, including two primary bedroom suites which are “like little houses in themselves,” Ms. Paton said in an email. “I love the oversized balconies. In winter, we sleep with the balcony doors open. There’s nothing like seeing the stars at night and falling asleep to the sound of waves then waking up to a beach view in the morning. What a way to start the day!”

Other amenities include a soundproof office, solar panels, a concert-grade sound system “suitable to host a Rolling Stones concert or a solo violinist” and an outdoor entertaining area with a pool and sports fields. The home also has direct access to the beach and the paved walking trail that extends along the Coral Seas coastline.

Reprinted by permission of Mansion Global. Copyright 2021 Dow Jones & Company. Inc. All Rights Reserved Worldwide. Original date of publication:  June 15, 2022.



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A Tennessee judge on Wednesday blocked an allegedly fraudulent attempt to auction off Graceland, the former Memphis home of music legend Elvis Presley and a major tourist destination in the state.

Elvis’s granddaughter, actress Riley Keough , says a company that had planned a Thursday sale was fake and trying to defraud the trust that owns Graceland.

Judge JoeDae Jenkins in Chancery Court in Shelby County, Tenn., granted the injunction to stop the auction, according to a court clerk. The court had granted Keough a temporary restraining order on the sale last week.

The auction was initiated by an entity called Naussany Investments & Private Lending. It had filed a public notice for a foreclosure sale in Tennessee, alleging Lisa Marie Presley , Elvis’s only child, defaulted on a $3.8 million loan it made to her. The group said it now owns Graceland because Presley defaulted on the loan.

Presley, Keough’s mother, controlled the Graceland trust until her death in January 2023 . Keough then took over as trustee.

Lawyers for Keough said Naussany’s loan documents are forgeries, and the firm “appears to be a false entity created for the purpose of defrauding” the trust that owns Graceland, Presley’s heirs or any purchaser of Graceland.

Elvis Presley Enterprises, which manages Graceland, has also said Naussany’s claims were fraudulent. “There will be no foreclosure,” said Elvis Presley Enterprises spokeswoman Alicia Dean . “Graceland will continue to operate as it has for the past 42 years.”

Keough’s lawyer declined to comment.

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The Graceland complex in Memphis, which includes an exhibition center and a 450-room hotel, attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors annually.

Elvis bought the property in 1957, when he was 22 and an ascendant star. He died in 1977 at the age of 42 and is buried on the Graceland property. Graceland opened to the public in 1982.

Lisa Marie Presley’s mother, Priscilla Presley , reached a settlement in 2023 with Keough over who would control the trust. The settlement came after Priscilla Presley challenged a 2016 amendment to the trust filed by Lisa Marie Presley that removed her mother as trustee.

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