Gold Coast mansion’s tropical design still stylish 15 years on

first_img18 Salerno St, Isle Of Capri.THERE is a space for every occasion and every mood in this contemporary house on the Isle of Capri. Homeowners Jo and John Utama bought the house in 2002 to raise their daughter and said the style hasn’t aged. “It is really tropical but it isn’t quite a Bali-style instead it has more of a contemporary sanctuary feel,” Mrs Utama said. 18 Salerno St, Isle Of Capri.“We’ve been here such a long time and we have really noticed all the changes,” she said.“In the past two years all our neighbours have upgraded and renovated their houses and more people have moved into the area.“ The Capri on Via Roma (shopping centre) is also very popular.”The property is going to auction on Saturday, October 21. 18 Salerno St, Isle Of Capri.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North3 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa23 hours agoShe said her favourite part about the house was the striking view from the moment she opened the front door. “You get a view that runs right down the centre of the house and out to the garden,” she said. Tucked away in the “secret garden” is a playground and climbing fort. Ornamental ponds create a Zen-like style and complements the leafy gardens and pool. Mrs Utama described the property as tranquil.“The great part about the gardens is that because there is a lot of glass inside you can get different views from different areas of the house,” she said. “There are a lot of places to sit and relax.” 18 Salerno St, Isle Of Capri.center_img 18 Salerno St, Isle Of Capri.“The frangipani and mango trees in the backyard caught our eye when we first saw it.“We could just tell with a great backyard like that it would be fantastic for our daughter Risa who was three when we moved in.” Mrs Utama said the family had given the house a few fresh updates over the years but had retained the tropical vibe. 18 Salerno St, Isle Of Capri.Some of the light-filled spaces include a sunken formal lounge, separate living room and a modern kitchen as well as the main bedroom with its own private balcony. The family said the house also had a handful of places to entertain. “My daughter is moving to Brisbane but we have a lot of fond memories in this home,” she said. “It has five bedrooms and while there was only three of us there was always plenty of space for my daughter to have her friends over. I think she will miss it the most.” Mrs Utama said she loved living on the Isle of Capri — a locale that was continuing to evolve every day. last_img

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