All-white “Hamptons-style” decor is currently all the rage in Australia. But this one-of-a-kind beach house in Noosa Heads, a popular vacation spot on the Coral Sea, along the northeast coast of Queensland, turns that trend on its head, choosing black for both the interior and exterior.
Sounds gloomy, right? It’s not. There are intentional pops of color, thanks to vibrant Mexican tiles, punches of white for contrast, quirky artwork, and, the home’s outré showpiece, a disco ball scooter hanging from the kitchen ceiling! Calling all clout-chasing influencers: Get ready for some serious Instagramming!
Fishing for offers over US$2.76 million, the photogenic A-frame residence is listed by Ian Suter and Linda Suter at Suter Smith Cleine. Set on a petite 0.125-acre plot, the property still squeezes in a large pool, overlooked by several covered decks and balconies, all of which have splendid views. On a hillside surrounded by tropical greenery, the three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath house is currently set up as a two independent spaces, a two bedroom unit and an entirely separate studio. They are, however, easily utilized as a single home.
When creating a basically monochromatic home, whether black or white, a key element to avoid dullness is texture. And certainly there is plenty of that here; the house features dark wood, Japanese black slate, black pine flooring, Italian woodgrain tiles, and honed marble. Here and there, colorful tiles such as the vibrant starburst pattern in the powder room, surprise the eye. Of course, expansive windows that open to the numerous decks help bring the colors of the rainforest inside the house.
The main living space is on the middle level, which includes a ’70s-style suspended fireplace, floor-to-ceiling bi-folding glass doors to take in the scenery, a study area, and the kitchen, which includes an enormous marble-topped island, a glitzy chandelier, and tall ceilings from which the glinting, crystal-covered scooter hangs.
Upstairs, the master suite occupies its own floor, with a private sundeck and an open bathroom emblazoned with colorful X-shaped tiles. The giant walk-in closet is adaptable to a nursery, meditation space or additional bedroom.
Underneath the main floor is a guest suite with bathroom that opens to another covered deck, and the pool. Tucked below all that is the studio, perfect for an Airbnb, with a stylish kitchenette and chic bathroom. An exterior spiral staircase conveniently links all levels.
Sure, this place is not cheap for the area. But in today’s world can you really put a price on social media envy?