CELEBRITY glamour couple Quade Cooper and Laura Dundovic have put their renovated showpiece home in Bulimba – one of Brisbane’s most sought-after suburbs – on the market.
Rugby star Cooper, who has signed with the Melbourne Rebels, left Brisbane on Thursday after he and Dundovic spoke exclusively to The Courier Mail about the house they made a home.
Quade Cooper and Laura Dundovic speak exclusively to The Courier Mail at their Bulimba home, which launches to the market today. Picture: Adam Head
“We knew what we wanted,” model Dundovic, a former Miss Universe Australia, said. “We just needed help to make that happen.”
Cooper bought the property for $1.845 million back in 2015, and lived in it for about a year before jetting off to play in France.
Quade Cooper passing the ball during the Rugby Championship match between Australia and South Africa in Brisbane in 2016. Picture: PATRICK HAMILTON/AFP
The house was barely a decade old, but Cooper said he had always planned to renovate the property upon his return.
In late 2017, and back in Brisbane, the couple engaged a local building firm to transform the house, admitting that they had hoped to do a lot of the work themselves but then found they needed help.
The Cooper Residence at 34 Addison Avenue, Bulimba. Check out that viewing window in to the pool.
“The hardest part was trying to get the different trades in,” Cooper said, recalling being out of his depth trying to choose tiles for the pool.
Almost every inch of the house has been given a makeover, including the removal of a section of concrete to put in a grass lawn for their “two boys” — Chuck and Riddick, both American Staffordshire terriers.
“That was a frustrating process,” Cooper said. “They ended up having a grass allergy so we had to change it three times.”
The rooftop terrace. Picture: Adam Head
As for the interiors, Dundovic said they had both poured over designs on Instagram and Pinterest, with Cooper admitting he was a bit ‘OCD about symmetry’.
“I really like straight lines,” he said. “At my old house there was a door that didn’t line up with the window and it drove me nuts for a year so I had to get the builders in to fix that and then I was happy.”
As for his current home, the former Wallabies playmaker said he was “very zen” thanks to “all that symmetry”.
How’s the symmetry?
“When the kitchen came together, for me that was the best space. That living area, the pool aspect, seeing it all come together,” he said.
“It was a bit small and disconnected (before the renovation) and I am very happy with the end result.
“My nephew, who just turned two, whenever he comes over his first word is ‘pool’ and then once he is in, it is hard to get him out.”
Getting Cooper’s young nephew out of the pool has proven a challenge. Picture: Adam Head
For Dundovic, the wardrobe is a winner, but her favourite space is the master suite, describing it as “having everything we could need … very practical”.
“And the guest room downstairs … whenever my family comes up from Sydney, they love being able to go up to Bellissimo for a coffee without waking us,” she said.
The couple lived at the house during the renovation, saying they learned a lot from the process, with perfectionist Cooper teasing that he often played good cop to Dundovic’s bad cop.
Dundovic admitted they had even agonised over the placement and font of the numbers for their letterbox.
“We were very hands on,” she laughed.
Cooper said they had not planned on leaving the house so soon, but “you can’t always predict the future”.
The master suite with walk-through wardrobe and ensuite is Dundovic’s favourite part of the house. Picture: Adam Head
The walk-through wardrobe looks more like a department store.
But the couple have already set their sights on finding their next project, and have been actively looking at renovators delights in Brisbane or a block of land near the beach on the Gold Coast.
The ensuite from another viewpoint
“This (Queensland) is my home and I imagine I will be back here at some stage,” Cooper said.
In the meantime, they have rented accommodation in Melbourne, buying them some time to check out that local property market.
“When you have done a renovation, you look at properties from a different perspective,” Cooper said, with Dundovic adding they now had an eye for a house with good bones.
How is this for a cool feature? You can swim in to the downstairs bathroom for a shower!
The Cooper Residence at 34 Addison Avenue is listed with Damon Warat of Ray White Ascot, and hits the market today.
The lower floor is home to three bedrooms including a private guest suite with its own bathroom at the front of the house. Two more bedrooms and a laundry are also on this level, as is the entertaining deck with day bed and a 16m lap pool with its own “swim-through” in to a downstairs bathroom.
The entertaining area has been revamped
On the upper floor there is an open plan lounge and dining area at the front of the house that flows on to another deck. There is also a designer kitchen with integrated appliances and a servery window.
Across the walkway is a sitting area or retreat which leads in to the master suite with its lust have walk-through ensuite and walk-in-robe.
The property comes with a marina berth
Up more stairs there is a rooftop terrace with city views. A 12m marina berth also comes with the property, which will go to auction on December 7.
A servery opens on to decking.
Not a bad place to watch the sun set.