Bartinon, an iconic waterfront palazzo that hosted Frank Sinatra, has hit the market

Bartinon, one of the Coast’s most iconic mansions, is back on the market.

Bartinon, one of the Gold Coast’s most iconic waterfront estates, is back on the market.

Built for Sir Justin and Lady Hickey in the early 1980s, the Mediterranean-inspired mansion at 26 Marseille Court, Sorrento, is well recognised on the Coast and across the globe.

The house has hosted a star-studded list of visitors over the years.

Over the years it has had a star-studded line-up of visitors, including Frank Sinatra, the Rolling Stones, the King of Tonga, the Sultan of Brunei, Whitney Houston and Dr Henry Kissinger.

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The property was last sold for $7.22m in 2014 by Melbourne transport multi-millionaire Doug Kefford, who paid $8m for it in 2009.

It has a massive 100m of main river frontage.

The Chinese buyers, Yi Zhao and Guanghan Chen, took it off Kefford’s hands after it had sat on the market for four years.

Today it remains a rare landmark property, consisting of a massive 6,500sq m block surrounded by landscaped gardens and with 100m of main river frontage.

The architecture is reminiscent of a European villa.

The house has 2300sq m of under-roof living space and features an imposing dual staircase with accent chandeliers, four living rooms, a ballroom, sunken wet bar, marble flooring with granite inlays and care-takers’ quarters.

Add to that a heated swimming pool, spa and sauna, seven-car garage, and helipad, and you can only begin to imagine the grandeur of this riverside mansion.

The outdoor pool.

Marketing agent Amir Mian of Amir Prestige said the size and style of the property, and its location on a straight stretch of main river, close to central Surfers Paradise, was unrivalled.

“When you walk in you feel like you could be in Toorak in Melbourne or somewhere in Europe, with all the decorative arches, sandstone and terracotta,” he said.

The games area.

“Finding a home like this on a block of this size so close to town is impossible these days. It’s on almost 1.5 acres.”

Mr Mian said with buyers’ demand for acreage and space, he could not imagine the property would sit around for long.

The land is estimated to be worth more than $10m.

“There is also an appetite for main river properties. Most of the big sales this year have been on main river,” he said.

The property is on the market open to expressions of interest, and while Mr Mian would not speculate too much on price, he did say that the land alone was worth more than $10m if you compare it to recent sales in the suburb.

“We just sold a house in Freyberg Street, which was on an 800sq m block, for $5m. Bartinon is several times that in size.”

It comes with a helipad, for VIP guests.

Lucy Cole of Lucy Cole Prestige who has handled previous sales of the property, said the house had a fascinating past.

“It was a real socialites house and it has so much history on the Gold Coast,” Ms Cole said. “There are original convict bricks in there and the caretaker’s quarters used to be the garage where the Sultan of Brunei would park all his limousines on his visits.

“It is on a large parcel of land, but it used to be even larger until one of the previous owners relocated the tennis court and sold off a parcel of the block. While it could be split up into smaller blocks, I truly hope that whoever buys it retains it because they love it for what it is.”

It is open to expressions of interest.

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