$3.5M ex-survivalist estate

 $3.5M ex-survivalist estate

A prominent Airlie Beach mansion with a colourful past is on the market for $3.5 million.

Sitting on a promontory in the midst of a 76-hectare shared estate, Lot 6 Mandalay Road was originally planned as the central component of an elaborate survivalist enclave. Today, the two-storey, Mediterranean-style villa supports a quieter lifestyle, with some of the best views in the area.

“I’m a sucker for a good view,” says the current owner, Bruce Bickerstaff. “20 years ago I came to Airlie Beach for a holiday, saw the place and was curious immediately because it’s such a prominent property.”

“I love the view, it takes in everything from the ocean and the distant islands, the rainforest surrounds, the new marina and the eastern end of Airlie Beach and the township at night.”

The 618sqm house has three bedrooms spread across both levels, and bathrooms to match. The tiled master bedroom sits on the top floor, perfectly positioned to capture the breeze thanks to its balcony access and wide windows. Built-in storage with plantation shutters gives the room a tropical feel, while the solid timber furniture lends a sense of timeless elegance. Across the hall, the main bathroom comes with its own bath and mirrored storage, but the best place for a soak is downstairs in the spa room. Marble benchtops and elegant filigree make for an incredibly luxurious experience, with the sunken spa bath taking pride of place in the centre of the room.

“The other thing I’m a sucker for is space, and there’s plenty of it here,” Bruce says. “It’s a big house!”

“Both indoor and outdoor areas are very large, with wonderful ventilation,” he says. “We’re in a warm climate but up on the hill we get such a wonderful breeze.”

On the ground floor, the property’s prepper history is readily apparent thanks to the abundance of storage rooms.

The kitchen is similarly large, with commercial-sized sinks, cooktops, a walk-in pantry and a custom-made kitchen table. Green trim highlights every cabinet and countertop, from the central island bench to the multi-purpose sideboards. 

Currently, it’s serviced by multiple cool rooms and a dry storeroom, but Bruce says there’s potential to update those spaces.

“The original owner was somewhat of a ‘survivalist’ and that’s reflected in the enormous food storage space which isn’t really necessary anymore,” he says.

“Those downstairs spaces could easily accommodate at least two more bedrooms without any drama in terms of building alteration. There’s room to change things around.”

The other major space is the games room at the southern end of the estate. The open-plan area opens out to the balcony and the lawn with room for multiple pool tables, and the potential for division.

“It lends itself to a rumpus room, gym, craft room, anything really,” Bruce says. “It’s large enough it’s readily modifiable and could even be divided.”

The house comes with just over four acres of land inside the Chesapeake Estate, less than ten minutes from the Whitsunday Airport and half an hour from Airlie Beach.


Lot 6, Chesapeake Estate 
Mandalay Road, Airlie Beach, Qld 4802


Bruce Bickerstaff

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