Burleigh Heads’ floating house under the hammer

Burleigh Head’s ‘floating house’ is an architectural masterpiece, and it could be yours when it goes up for auction at the end of the month.

Designed by award-winning Gold Coast-based Paul Uhlmann Architects in 2016, the 405sqm apartment sits on a double-block with dual street frontage at 45 Hill Avenue.

Sweeping 200-degree views encompass the hinterlands to the west, Surfers Paradise skyline to the north, and the Pacific Ocean to the east. With viewing decks on every level of the three-storey marvel, it’s no wonder CoreLogic lists a price tag of just over $2 million when it last sold in 2018.

The second floor features the perfect blend of indoor and outdoor living. The deck on the north end of the floor has its own sunken fire-pit and lounge area, but it’s what at the back of the house that’s really turned heads.

Kollosche agent Eoghan Murphy says the owner wanted the property’s astounding views to be the focal point of the house.

“In 2016 it was a blue shack which had been there since the 40’s,” he says. “Then the new property was built and they wanted to deliver a statement.”

“They didn’t want the focal point to be, say, a pool, they wanted it to be the view, so they came up with a pretty cool concept.”

The floating house does have a pool, and it’s on the second floor, and not even on the deck.

“The pool is part of the entertaining area, but it’s not the focal point,” Eoghan says.

The rest of the house is filled with similar out-of-the-box thinking. The master suite encompasses the entire top floor and it’s all open plan. Soaring raked ceilings lets light pour in past the wall of glass, which slide back for entry to a private balcony.

The en suite is located just a few steps from the bed – literally behind the headboard – which doubles as a single massive mirror over modern sinks. A frameless dual rain shower will keep you clean, or take a soak under the stars in the sumptuous outdoor bath.

“It’s spaced out over three levels with the kids at the bottom essentially having free roam with bedrooms, bathroom, and a media room down there,” Eoghan explains. “Then there’s the private parents’ retreat on the top level and everyone comes together in the middle.”

A bespoke kitchen with stone benchtops and smoked mirror splashback takes pride of place in the central floor, alongside an open plan living/dining room. Throughout the house, blackbutt timber finishes lend a hint of cosiness and earthy charm to the soft white walls and modern glass features.

“There’s not a lot of residential dwellings in Burleigh Heads so we’ve had some good enquiries,” Eoghan says.

“Lots of individuals have come through based just on the design, so we’ll see how we go at auction.”

The Floating House will go to auction on Wednesday, March 3 at 6.30 pm.


45 Hill Avenue, Burleigh Heads, Qld 4220


Eoghan Murphy

0421 197 720


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