After almost a quarter of a century of celebrations – from sweet 16ths to 50ths, engagements, anniversaries and even one very special wedding – it’s time for a new family to create a legacy of cherished memories in an iconic six bedroom Main River estate.
For Bruce and Melisa Jack, who have been the proud custodians of 293-295 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters for almost 25 years, and having raised their family of four beautiful daughters here, it will be bittersweet to say goodbye to a haven of such happiness.
“Our eldest daughter got married under the Jacaranda tree by the river, which was in full bloom. It was such a special day,” Bruce recalls fondly of just one of the many milestone occasions to have graced the grounds of this meticulously manicured 2,411m2 double block with 38m waterfrontage.
“We had 120 people for the wedding and covered the pool with a big stage,” Melisa adds. “We’ve had 100 people sitting outside on round tables for other events. I had my girlfriend’s 50th here, my parent’s 65th wedding anniversary, we’ve had all the 13ths, 16ths, 18ths, 21sts birthday parties and it’s been a great family home.”
Revered as one of Main River’s most stately residences, the Jack family purchased this estate in December 1996 and lived comfortably in the original residence until 2004 when a full facelift began.
“It was built by a Toorak lawyer,” Bruce recalls. “They said it would have been cheaper to knock it down and start again, but we felt like we wanted to keep the memories.”
“It was a beautiful old home with great bones,” Melisa adds, “but we wanted to make it a bit bigger for the four girls.”
Moving out while local acclaimed builder, Dennis Beck, took the reins for the approx. two-year project, the couple were heavily involved in the design process.
“We knew what we wanted, so we just sat down and did everything ourselves. Bruce and I have the same sort of taste, so it was easier to pull it together,” she says. “It’s probably more like a Melbourne, Toorak or Sydney, Mosman style home than a Gold Coast house. And it’s quite different from the water than it is to the front. When you walk down to the jetty and look back, it’s a little bit more Georgian and traditional style at the front.”
These striking exteriors are paired with interiors that epitomise exquisite elegance without losing their undeniable warmth and charm. Solid rose mahogany flooring, graceful chandeliers, expanses of French doors and flawless finishes shine throughout this masterpiece that has been expertly designed to be a grand yet functional family home.
“The pool’s been great with the kids because it’s got a diving board, it’s deep and it’s big. And you can stand and look right out there from the kitchen, so if the kids are in the pool, you’ve got a great view of it,” Melisa explains.
The 829m2 masterpiece, which has featured in epic Hollywood blockbusters and acclaimed TV shows, boasts parklike grounds which showcase landscaped lawns, lilly pilly hedging, magnolias in garden boxes, and magnificent phoenix and pencil pines that sway gently in the river breezes. It’s also exceptionally appointed for alfresco entertaining with the expansive patio overlooking the 13.5m ceramic tiled pool, along with two poolside cabanas. However, for a quiet drink as the sun sets, the Jack’s have a special spot to retreat to.
“I absolutely love the trees and love sitting on the jetty because it’s got a great skyline view and at night it’s fantastic,” Melisa says.
The location has also been much loved too. Positioned on one of the Gold Coast’s most prestigious streets and opposite 42acre Albert Park with walking paths, lake, playgrounds and a dog off-leash zone, it’s the perfect complement to the riverside setting at the rear.
It’s also under 10 minutes to the world-famous beaches, shopping, dining and entertainment and within easy reach of exclusive schools, TSS and St. Hilda’s, making it even more appealing for future families to enjoy.