The Best of the Beach and the Bush
August 11 2022
When Jan Bradnam set out to buy a pot plant one sunny Saturday morning, picking up a stunning ocean-view house on Currumbin Headland was not necessarily part of the plan.
“I’d seen the house for sale in the newspaper for weeks – I was such an avid reader of the real estate section. I had always meant to get to one of the open homes but other things always seemed top op up,” says Jan.
“The day I went out to buy that pot plant, something made me randomly think of the house again. I thought I’d just drive past and see what it looked like from the street and see if it was maybe open for inspection.”
The stars aligned for Jan who arrived at 5 Kandra Avenue, Currumbin right before the property was put to auction. A series of hotly contested bids later and the house was hers.
Set in an elevated east-facing parcel backing onto nature reserve, a distinctive two-level design enjoys the best of the bush and the beach with exceptional Pacific Ocean views.
“When I saw the house, I was absolutely blown away by it,” says Jan
“I remember going home after the auction and my husband, Terry, says to me ‘So, where’s the pot plant?’ and I had to tell him there was no pot plant, but…”
Capitalising on the home’s solid construction, the Bradnams charged daughter and design talent Petta with transforming the interiors, including three bedrooms and two bathrooms.
“Petta has a God-given talent for design and such a good eye for choosing just the right finishes,” Jan beams. “We gave her free rein.”
High end modern coastal finishes including oak floorboards ooze laid back beach house luxe, with extensive glazing leveraging leafy surrounds and an uninterrupted ocean aspect at every opportunity.
Glass was an obvious choice for Petta who works in the glass and aluminium business started by Jan and her first husband, Bill, some 45 years ago and still going strong.
A glass apex positioned 4.6m above the kitchen captures the natural beauty of trees and sky, while sliding doors and custom windows frame lush green and deep blue hues from main living levels as well as bedrooms and bathrooms.
To make the most of the coastal panorama, Petta also extended the original balconies on both levels, adding those gorgeous curves that serve as one of the home’s most alluring aspects while helping it blend so naturally into the hillside.
Coastal views extend beyond the adjacent open-plan living and dining areas through floor-to-ceiling glazing, across the fullwidth of the home with breathtaking effect..
As you walk up the (internal) stairs and look out at that view, well, it blows me away every single time,” says Jan.
The wraparound balcony is an extension of the kitchen and main living area on the upper level, while a custom internal staircase leads to a luxurious master suite enjoying those same curves and views from the matching lower balcony.
“The way this home tucks into the bushland, there’s something really earthy, really grounding, about it,” says Jan. “That’s what’s really special.”
The location is also special – the house is mere minutes from popular Currumbin Creek and Currumbin Alley, opening up an enviable coastal lifestyle where morning beach walks, surfing and a village atmosphere are all part of the package.