The time of year when we get to peek inside people’s homes, without getting into trouble for being creepy, is upon us once again Gold Coasters.
That’s right friends, in just a few short weeks, iconic Gold Coast buildings, and some absolutely mind-blowing homes will throw open their doors so you can waltz on in and learn a thing or two about our local heritage. And marvel at some insane architecture.
On Saturday 27 October 2018, the fourth annual Gold Coast Open House unlocks places and spaces right across the city. From heritage gems to sports venues and inspiring buildings, homes, churches, schools, universities, museums, art galleries, TV and radio stations, public utilities and workplaces, all of which reflect our city’s unique architecture and urban design.
We’ve chosen five spaces to chat about so you get a look into what’s on offer when Gold Coast Open House rolls around.
Currumbin Waters House
Located on a steep, sloping site this absolutely stunning home was designed to anchor the house to the hill rather than having it float above. Opening out into the bushland behind, the home was built within the trees offering sweet views through the canopy and with regular koala and kangaroo sightings! It’s sleek, modern and absolute house goals. Definitely worth checking out.
Where: 172 Tierney Dr, Currumbin Waters
One of the most anticipated accommodation offerings on the Gold Coast to date will soon be ready for viewing. Some of it anyway. At the heart of the development is a 47 level hotel tower atop a three level podium with restaurants, retail and resort amenities. A second 42 level luxury residential tower and a 34 level premium residential tower complete the group. The stunning towers are set to totally up-level the Gold Coast and you can be among the first to check them out.
Where: 42 Old Burleigh Rd, Surfers Paradise
ENVI Micro Urban Village
So here’s a thing we just discovered, the Gold Coast is undergoing an experiment to build a community of small houses in the heart of Southport. The concept is simple: affordable, high quality, high-density housing in the middle of the action. Primarily for first homeowners, the $3.5m micro urban village features house and land product on lots as small as 60m2. It’s the first time CBD style urban freehold lots have been approved of this size on the Gold Coast. Interesting concept, can’t wait to check them out.
Where: 20 Lenneberg St, Southport
Keith Williams House
Talk about a house you want to sticky beak at. Tourism entrepreneur, the late Keith Williams, built this beauty in 1984 and it is unlike anything we’ve seen before. The three-storey rendered brick mansion was designed by Brisbane architect Roger Parkin in grand southern Californian style and it boasts a timbered billiards room and eight-seat cinema to name but a few small features. Overlooking the canals and with room for you and all your friends, go and pretend you’re living the high life just for a day.
Where: Commodore Dr, Surfers Paradise
Gold Coast Little Theatre
Dating back to 1950, Gold Coast Little Theatre (GCLT) is the Gold Coast’s oldest community theatre. In the early days, plays and musicals were staged in what is now known as Molly’s – two World War II Army Huts that sit one on top of the other. The main theatre building, which opened in 1983, has intimate seating for up to 150 guests. There are whisperings of a ghost so keep your eyes peeled for that little guy (or gal).
Where: 21A Scarborough St, Southport
Words by Kirra Smith