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Prestige Property: 5/383 Mandalay Road, Airlie Beach QLD

An expansive mansion at the edge of the Coral Sea

By Terry Christodoulou
Fri, Jul 9, 2021 4:46pmGrey Clock < 1 min

Private and palatial, Mandalay House is one of Australia’s finest waterfront residences set on the sweeping Coral Sea and backed by National Park.

The Mediterranean inspired residence – complete with Venetian plastering, sandstone outdoor tiling and terracotta inspired roof –  took 3.5 years to construct and rests on a 4242sqm plot with 2649sqm of living offering 7-bedrooms, 9-bathrooms, 5-car garage.

The north-west facing home sees magnificent gardens, terraces and a resort-inspired horizon pool that overlooks the waters towards the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands.

Inside, the home is opulently appointed with marble finishes, parquet inspired tiling, high ceilings, custom joinery, expansive living and sitting areas and banquet-sized dining.

Further, the home’s kitchen offers a marble-topped space complete with Miele appliances, a butler’s pantry and cold room.

Upstairs the home is complete with a 144sqm master retreat with lavish ensuite, further views a fireplace and 52sqm of robes with dressing room.

Elsewhere, six king-sized bedrooms with ensuite and sitting, car accommodation for five and lift access between all the levels rounds out the home’s offerings.

Enjoy the location with a private marina with rock walls, jet ski bats, private boatshed and helipad – ideal for hopping between all the islands.

Back within the confines of the home sees a home theatre with tiered seating and a gymnasium while a climate-controlled cellar alongside a tasting room and games room.

A caretaker’s cottage is also found on the grounds.

New owners will be able to fly to any of the three airports nearby and enjoy the world-famous Dent Island golf course, idyllic surrounds of the Great Barrier Reef and all the Whitsundays has to offer.

The listing is with Ray White Whitsunday’s Mark Beal and Christie’s International’s Ken Jacobs (+61 407 190 152), price guide; over $20 million. /


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