Resort-Level Luxury on The Corso
March 31 2023
There are but a few truly iconic waterfront homes set along Main River –59 The Corso, in the prestigious enclave of the Isle of Capri, is one of them.
Locked away behind double security gates beside a residential park and surrounded by leafy trees, the property could almost go undetected from the street.
Transition to the waterside, however, and the architect-designed Balinese-style mansion carved out of sandstone and timber, and of grand proportions, is impossible to miss.
Cutting an imposing outline along a stretch of waterfront, tall Oregon timber columns anchored in solid sandstone plinths meet walls of glazing that rise to support a raked ceiling, showcasing exposed beams and culminating in a glass peak.
Two wings wrap around a central courtyard and atrium where a podium appears to float above a system of waterways that run uninterrupted inside and outside the property.
Set among grounds packed with coconut and date palms, and with a private stretch of sandy beach along 52.7m of water frontage, the resort-level property would not look out of place on a remote island.
Yet the distinctive high rises that form a dramatic backdrop to the waterfront views across Adams Basin and Girung Island area firm reminder that the vibrant heart of Surfers Paradise is on the doorstep.
“You will never find anything like this in the Isle of Capri, or anywhere else.”
Originally built in the 1990s for surfwear industry pioneer Doug Spong, the property last changed hands in 2016 when it became the holiday home of current owners Hongbo Li and Liyan Song.
Mr Li, who is based overseas, said he had at the time been hunting for a trophy home in the city. “I was immediately drawn to its position and how grand it was. Its size, position, aspect and amazing views, day and night, were what led to the sale,” Mr Li said.
The property’s size is certainly significant, given its premier location along one of the Gold Coast’s most sought-after streets.
North facing and covering a massive four blocks totalling 2,197 square metres it would be almost impossible to find a parcel of land of this size anywhere on the central Gold Coast let alone in a quiet, private and community-focused enclave such as The Corso.
The only thing that can rival the size of the land parcel, is the house itself, which measures a mammoth 2,041 square metres under roof and features five bedrooms,five bathrooms, seven powder rooms, and multiple internal and external living spaces.
“There are multiple living areas with views, so I can choose different areas to spend time depending on what mood I am in and what I am doing,” said Mr Li.
“I like to have some tea in the middle of the courtyard, looking out at what are the best views on the Gold Coast enjoyed incomplete privacy.”
As would be expected of a property of this size and stature, there is an endless number of highlights to draw in prospective buyers.
These include a 7,000-bottle temperature-controlled and security coded wine cellar, a dedicated billiards room made of New Guinea rosewood and teak, a six-seat cinema room, wet-edge pool and adjoining inground spa and plunge pool with feature waterfall, sauna, six-car garage and space to build a state-of-the-art pontoon to moora large boat.
No longer being able to spend time at the property led Mr Li to put it on the market, with his decision creating a rare opportunity for another buyer seeking to add a statement Gold Coast property to their portofolio.
“You will never find anything like this in the Isle of Capri, or anywhere else in the heart of the Gold Coast, which is north facing with a sandy beach on more than half an acre. It’s unique, the only one,” Mr Li said.