‘I want a fortune’: Ray White Gold Coast boss reveals high hopes for family home

RAY White Surfers Paradise CEO Charles Higgins and wife Andrea have listed their long-awaited Queenslander rebuild after moving the family from Brisbane to take the top property post on the Glitter Strip.

Mr Higgins, who came onboard as the high-profile Gold Coast branch’s head of residential in July 2022, shed light on the tussle between vendor expectations and market value, as he put on his “seller’s hat” to list the just-completed contemporary character home in Wooloowin, 6km from Brisbane CBD.

“I want a fortune for my property,” he quipped at a market presentation at Ray White’s Surfers Paradise office.

“It is a real challenge. I’m still attached to last year’s prices, but I am going to get slapped with reality when the first couple of offers come in.”

The 1930-built home on a 539sq m lot at 11 Rawson St is for sale via negotiation with Kim Olsen, of Ray White.

Property records show it last changed hands for $865,000 in March 2018.

The house has been given an elegant makeover, with a neutral palette and natural stone and timber finishes complementing traditional Queenslander features.

The couple designed a family haven to suit their two children, Hugo, 5, and Harriet, 2, with a verandah play space off the living room, and a drop zone for school bags and sporting bags.

As the hub of the home, the kitchen has a stone benchtop and butler’s pantry, along with integrated high-end appliances.

Downstairs, there’s a light-filled open-plan kitchen, living and dining zone with a fireplace, plus a bedroom with direct access to the porch.

The kitchen is fitted with integrated appliances and a butler’s pantry

The remaining four bedrooms, a study and second living room, plus two bathrooms and an ensuite, are on the first floor.

Outside is a travertine entertaining terrace with barbecue kitchen, along with the pool and landscaped lawn.

Mr Higgins said his project was one of the many affected by the current construction crisis, with build costs soaring more than 20 per cent over the last year, Ray White data shows.

“From when the house was raised in September 2021, we’re looking at a new build going on for more than one year. That’s tearing,” he said.

Al fresco entertaining terrace

Article source: Queensland Property Investor

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