The riverfront apartment with the happily ever after

first_imgEuropean appliances adorn the designer kitchen that features a marble island bench and looks across a dining and lounge area that flows to the large entertaining deck.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago The pool in the Aquila complexNew Farm holds a special place in the hearts of Robert and Leiza Clark, the owners of this rare luxury apartment with extraordinary views of the Brisbane River.It’s the suburb they lived in as newlyweds 25 years ago.“We lived in New Farm when we first got married and then moved to a larger block to have children, but we’ve always dreamt on getting get back on the river,” Mrs Clark said.“The community of New Farm is great, it’s close to James Street, it’s not out of control busy and we’re within walking distance of everything including the idyllic Howard Smith Wharves.” Before they moved to the 418sq m apartment in 2015 they spent their weekends maintaining a large property in Norman Park, all the while yearning for a Brisbane River property.“We sold our house quicker than we thought and it was actually an acquaintance of ours that owned this property and told us we could move in until we found something we wanted in New Farm,” Mrs Clark said.“We looked around New Farm for a solid six months but just couldn’t find anything that matched it and so we approached the owners with an offer to buy this apartment off them.” Close to the Clarks’ apartment is a shared gym, a 20m heated pool and private pontoon. Mrs Clark said the family had celebrated significant birthdays and hosted Riverfire parties in their home but it was now time to downside.“We’re not sure where we’ll go but we do a lot more travelling now, and while we really love the Aquila we’re excited to move on to the next stage of our lives, and so are the girls,” she said.“We’re considering other options, whether it’s coastal or downsizing in Brisbane or having a drop pad in the city that we can stay in when we’re not travelling to other places.“This property is rare and irreplaceable and we’re sure someone will value it as much as we do.” For the past four years the Clarks and their two daughters, now 19 and 22, have cherished their centrally located four-bedroom home. It’s at street level but high above the river and just one of 10 units in the prestigious Aquila development.“It really feels like we’re at one with nature and the river because we’re not so high up and we can see the river rather than staring at the sky,” Mrs Clark said.“There’s no better view of Brisbane, with one whole wall of the building glass, it’s very unique. So is the fact that everyone in this building is owner-occupiers.” With smart wiring throughout, luxury inclusions include fully automated lights, music, blinds and security, as well as a storage room with wine racks, a wine fridge, three secure car parks and a grand hallway the length of the property. Larger than the average house, two rooms with balconies and ensuites are located towards the rear of the property. The opulent master bedroom with a private balcony sits pride of place overlooking the river and has a walk-in robe and ensuite with Statuario marble and a freestanding bath.last_img read more