MICHAEL Suto and his partner used to walk their puppy along the Esplanade and look up at the lights from 49 Armytage St, Lota with keen interest.
The house was two years old at the time and Mr Suto was already living in the area.
“I had a house and I put my house on the market and sort of put a contract on this house subject to selling my house,” Mr Suto said.
“I took a steal on my house to move into this one.”
That was 10 years ago and the property had three bedrooms and two bathrooms.
“We put in a split level,” Mr Suto said of the renovations he and his brother finished three years ago.
“We’ve added a kitchen and two bedrooms and an office and media room.”
The extra space has been handy for hosting family and friends from overseas.
An infinity pool overlooking Moreton Bay competes with the open-plan living area for attention on first entering the house.
This split level also includes two bedrooms to the rear of the house.
Upstairs leads to a master bedroom with private balcony above the pool, a study area and large ensuite.
Separate stairs lead to a self-contained arrangement with two bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchenette and living area all with external access.
“We’ve also redone all the timber and floors and revamped the whole house,” he said.
Mr Suto is a stonemason by trade but also a property developer and now has his sights set on a small boutique hotel in Laguna Beach, California.
“I’ve got a Green Card to live in the US now, and I’m going to miss the village and the house but we’ve got to do it.
“If you look at what we spent on it, we haven’t made money on it.”
Ray White Brisbane CBD agent Julian Gardner said 15 groups had inspected the property during the four week campaign.
He said high end properties on the bayside sometimes take over 100 days to sell and if an acceptable offer was not received, the owner would continue with a private treaty sale.