Whitfield home provides perfect FNQ experience
BARRY and Julia Hilson thought this resort-style Whitfield home would give them the taste of the tropics they desired – and they certainly haven’t been let down.
A few years ago they decided to settle in Cairns, with Mrs Hilson often flying to the Torres Strait and Cape York for work.
“We were living at the Gold Coast, but thought it would make sense to move here,” Mr Hilson said.
There was something about a five-bedroom home on Fry Cl that captured their eyes and eventually their hearts.
They bought the property in August 2014 and have since enjoyed it for all its worth.
Set on more than 1200sq m, the deceptively large home is like a “hidden sanctuary”, allowing ample space for Mr and Mrs Hilson and their two teenage daughters.
“We made a media room out of what was previously a shed,” Mr Hilson said. “We wanted a place where the girls could come home and listen to their music, play guitar and sing.”
Built in 1985, the property’s focal point is an attractive swimming pool.
“We thought a pool was a ‘must have’ if we were going to live in Cairns,” he said.
“It is very easy to come out from working in the study and straight into the poolside area. I love having a dip first thing in the morning.
“It’s so refreshing and the space is great for a barbecue. We’ve had many meals out there on a summer’s evening.”
A brilliantly designed master bedroom is another of the home’s standout features, boasting a colossal walk-in wardrobe and ensuite.
A large, air-conditioned granny flat could also be used an extra income stream for the home’s next owner.
Mr Hilson said a desire to be closer to family in south-east Queensland was behind their heavy-hearted decision to sell.
“This place is just so convenient to everything, it’s less than 10 minutes to the airport and town and we’ve got plenty of shopping options around us,” he said.
“We love this home, and if we could pick it up and take it with us, we would.
“We’ll be genuinely sad to leave because it’s offered us such a great lifestyle.”
Within the catchment zones for Edge Hill State School and Trinity Bay State High School, the home is listed for offers in the mid-$700,000s.
Selling agent Vanessa Robinson, of LJ Hooker Cairns Edge Hill, described the home as “very peaceful”.
“There’s very much a resort feel about it … and there’s ‘wow factor’ from the moment you walk through the front door,” she said.
“And the master suite has everything that people could possibly want.”