Ian and Sissy Bishop are putting their 75-acre Whitsundays property, Heaven’s Gate, to auction. The agents are Mark Beale of Ray White Whitsunday, in conjunction with Carol Carter of Gold Coast Sotheby’s International Realty.
The couple purchased the property for $4 million nine years ago, and have made significant upgrades since then. It is on the market to be auctioned, with price expectations significantly reduced since the property was initially put on the market.
The luxurious property, which they believe is Australia’s best beach house, was built only 10 years ago. It has six bedrooms and bathrooms, plus a separate, two-level caretaker’s apartment.
Originally from Birmingham, Ian and Sissy watched the property being built, and did not hesitate to snap it up once it came on the market. “We saw it on the Monday, and bought it on the Tuesday,” said Ian.
Ian admits that the couple didn’t know how good the home actually was until after they bought it. “It is such a beautiful big house, in a wonderful gated community, in such a magnificent part of the world,” he said.
Along with the luxurious home, the property features a large wet-edge pool and two heated spas, a private sandy beach, tennis court, cinema, gym, lift, and even a helipad and hanger.
According to Ian, the location is one of the only places on the east coast of Australia where you can watch the sun set over the ocean, because of the curve of the bay.
The home will offer the future buyer the ideal seaside lifestyle. Ian says that not only is the water in the bay crystal clear every single day, they also regularly get an up-close glimpse into what nature has to offer, including whale, dugong and turtle sightings, and regular access to oysters off the rocks and crayfish in the warm water.
Ray White Whitsunday agent Mark Beale said the home is a unique offering, with many lifestyle features difficult to come by anywhere else in the world.
“This property is located in one of the most pristine places in the Whitsundays. The only passing traffic are boats, turtles and whales and, for the lucky new owner, the best seclusion and privacy around, with only a 35 minute drive or 10 minute helicopter to the cosmopolitan Airlie Beach.”
Although Ian and Sissy are sad to be leaving Heaven’s Gate, they are only moving next door. The couple owns the adjoining block of land, where they plan to build a Canadian-style log cabin.