An artist’s impression of the public boardwalk at Meridien’s Port of Airlie development. On completion, the luxurious Port of Airlie complex will include an international resort and a 289-berth marina.
An artist’s impression of the public boardwalk at Meridien’s Port of Airlie development. On completion, the luxurious Port of Airlie complex will include an international resort and a 289-berth marina. Contributed

High-fliers snap up penthouses

IT’S a penthouse with a $4.5 million view but you’ll have to be quick if you want to own this little piece of paradise.

With market confidence restored, high-fliers are sailing into the Whitsundays, opening up their wallets and snapping up penthouses and apartments at Airlie Beach’s newest five-star hub – Meridien’s Port of Airlie.

North Queensland sale manager for Meridien Andrew Forster said only one of four penthouses for sale was still on the market.

“Since April and May we have noticed an increase in buyer activity in the $1 million and $2 million plus market,” Mr Forster said.

“We believe the increase in this market is a combination of things. This project is a very rare project and it is hard to find anything else like it in Australia.

“I have also noticed there is a lot more confidence. People are no longer being negative. I think people are putting their fears about the global financial crisis behind them and are moving forward.

“I believe people with the capability of purchasing the penthouses or apartments are doing so to make a lifestyle purchase.

“We are finding the luxury apartment buyers are looking for major points of difference – superior design and the provision of quality facilities such as accessibility by boat, a fully integrated marina, a dining and retail precinct, close access to the beach and prime waterfront location.”

Designed by visionary architect Gary Hunt, the Port of Airlie penthouse is part of The Boathouse apartments.

The penthouse included four bedrooms, four bathrooms, powder room, private roof-top garden terrace and its very own 24-metre mono marina berth, Mr Forster said.

“The massive 315 sq m penthouse apartment is truly one of a kind in design and features,” he said.

“Using a unique blend of materials, it incorporates wide openings with the use of louvres, shutters and screens and light hardwood flooring with caulking between the boards, making the floor like a laid deck of a luxury yacht,” he said.

Construction of The Boathouse apartment buildings commenced in May last year and work is currently on schedule.

Completion expected at the end of the year.

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