RETIRED Australian soccer player Jason Culina is kicking goals in the Gold Coast property market, snapping up a multimillion-dollar waterfront house.
The former Socceroo turned property developer and his interior designer wife Terri have been revealed as the buyers of a Sorrento home that sold in October for $3.5 million.
Property records show the sale settled in December.
The couple, who lived on the Coast about a decade ago while Culina played for Gold Coast United, moved from Sydney for the city’s lifestyle.
Selling agent Josh Longhitano, who marketed the property with agency head Michael Kollosche, said they loved that it had plenty of space for their children to run around.
“They just love it,” he said.
“The lifestyle (was) what they were looking for and it’s very hard to find a house with character.
“Terri has got a blank canvas to go wild.”
Mrs Culina said they had always loved the Mediterranean-inspired five-bedroom house, which is on a 1237sq m riverfront block.
“We remembered that house from a long time ago,” she said.
“It’s more a traditional home with good bones.
“I’m a sucker for old things and there’s a nostalgia with putting old with new.”
Mrs Culina said they were enjoying life on the Gold Coast so far and she looked forward to establishing new roots for their business, Culina Design Group.
“It’s just a nice place to live. It’s slower and we get to spend more time with the family,” she said.
Culina began his football career at Sydney United, then spent nine years in Europe before returning to Australia.
After retiring in 2013, he and Terri founded property staging and styling website 80 Spaces, then the Culina Design Group.