Andrew Winter is the host of Selling Houses Australia and Love It Or List It. Picture: Foxtel.
ANDREW Winter is one of Australia’s leading property experts.
He is the host of Selling Houses Australia and Love It Or List It, which both screen on The Lifestyle Channel on Foxtel.
Born in England, he made the move to Queensland over a decade ago and now lives on the Gold Coast with his wife and three children.
Where do you live and why?
I live at Sanctuary Cove (which is) at the northern end of the Gold Coast.
It’s always a combination of loving a property and thinking I can make some money off a property — it’s a double-edged thing there.
What do you love about your home?
It really embraces living in southeast Queensland.
It’s got massive bi-fold doors, high ceilings — you throw the doors open and you’re right on the water — it’s got a pool, you get cross-ventilation, you get enough sun but not too much. For a Pom, it’s about embracing the climate that we live in and the outdoor lifestyle.
It’s always talked about and that’s why we live here.
What would you change about your home?
We have just done a total renovation of every square centimetre.
I think we’ve just done all that!
Andrew Winter reveals why he loves living in Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast. Picture: Jerad Williams.
What do you love about your suburb?
We’ve lived in the suburb where we are now for eight years.
Having said that, it’s our third house in the suburb — we don’t stay long anywhere and it’s suited us.
We’ve had our family and kids growing up there, it’s about friends around you, feeling safe and secure.
I guess that’s one of the things we like about it.
If money was no option, what would be your fantasy home and where?
If money was no option, I would have more than one home.
To me living in a great, big, massive mansion does nothing for me.
I would rather have an apartment in London, and an apartment in New York and our beautiful home here on the Goldie.
What was the best piece of property advice you were ever given?
I worked it out a little bit too late, and it was about not rushing to sell properties but holding on to properties because it’s all about timing in the market, and I guess that lesson was learned many years ago.
I bought an apartment in central London for a very good price, I sold it 18 months later for double, which is incredible, but only two years later it had probably quadrupled, and had I held on to it, it would have made even more money.
It’s that you should buy and hold, especially prime property.