His one-of-a-kind designer beach house in Noosa’s Sunshine Beach, would have broken records if sold immediately, but, after almost two years on the market, Rafter was forced to adjust his expectations and settle for several million less than the asking price.
The seven bedroom John Burgess designed stunner changed hands on March 29 for $15.2 million, according to its listing on realestate.com.au. The figure was a full $2.8m discount on what the Rafters had forked out to develop the property.
“$18m — that’s what we spent on it” he told News Corp Australia earlier this year.
That one deal was still worth more than Rafter had made in winnings during his career on the international tennis circuit — which ProTennis estimated at $14.5m.
The white-on-white Mediterranean minimalist home was built on a massive 1286sq m of land with a private path to the beach and jawdropping views of the surf.
It was built a decade ago and includes flexible design features like three of the seven bedrooms “simply transforming into a giant playroom or beachside studio”.
The garden level of the home was listed as having the ability to be used as an office, music room, or another bedroom guest suite — with the surf as a backdrop.
The home includes an ocean view kitchen with butler’s servery, infinity pool, spa, home theatre, study, media room, wine cellar, beach gate house and surfboard storage, security, solar hot water and an underground rainwater tank.
The Rafters moved to Byron Bay in New South Wales, a popular celebrity hangout whose residents now include Chris Hemsworth and his family.
Originally published as Pat Rafter loses millions in Sunshine Beach deal, but still comes out on top