A palatial Surfers Paradise penthouse built by property tycoon Ron Bakir has hit the market in a bid to reclaim its title of the Gold Coast’s most expensive apartment.
The extravagant 918sq m property spanning the 39th and 40th floors of the Chevron Renaissance tower at 3250/23 Ferny Ave last sold for $9.5m in 2018.
It remains the second highest price ever paid for an apartment in the city, behind the new record set last month by the astounding $15.25m sale under the hammer of the refurbished Soul penthouse, also on the Glitter Strip.
Colourful Gold Coast entrepreneur and Homecorp boss Mr Bakir spared no expense fitting out the four-bedroom penthouse, which was sold to local philanthropist couple Kevin and Vicki Chatfield.
It is marketed for sale via a six-week expressions of interest campaign with Tolemy Stevens, of Harcourts Coastal Prestige, who also handled the Soul sale with Dane Atherton.
Mr Stevens said the owners were serious in their intention to sell, while demand for luxury apartment living in the city was at an all-time high.
“There’s no doubt that any vendor of such an iconic and luxurious penthouse as this one on offer would like to break that record price, particularly since their record of the highest price paid on the Gold Coast has just been smashed by Soul Penthouse,” Mr Stevens said.
“However realistically, the owners are committed to selling the property and are therefore going to market with a substantial local, interstate and international campaign for this truly special and one-off piece of luxury real estate that represents the epitome of penthouse living.”
Features include an internal lift and mirrored stairwell with an overhead crystal chandelier, leading to a rooftop terrace with a glass-walled gym, billiards room and sauna with walls of greenery.
There’s a cigar and wine-tasting area with temperature-controlled cellars, while the top-level al fresco deck has a barbecue deck and 12-seat teppanyaki bar.
Full-length windows afford panoramic ocean, skyline and hinterland views, while luxe finishes throughout include timber veneer, smoked glass, imported marble and limed oak parquetry.
The penthouse has 14 basement car spaces on its title, along with 16 storage areas totalling more than 500sq m, which can be rented out to generate a “healthy” return, Mr Stevens said.
He said the owners had “fallen in love” as soon as they stepped inside the apartment — which boasts the Coast’s largest floor plan across a single level — but it was now surplus to their needs.
Mr Bakir bought the property for $1.2m in 2014 from receivers to a company linked to failed share-trading firm chief, “Aussie Rob” Wilson.
He embarked on a multi-million dollar refurbishment, with guidance from Sunland Group chairman Soheil Abedian.
Mr Bakir this week unveiled plans to build a $150m luxury tower with Broadwater views at Labrador.