Castello de Zagami

Dr Zagami is undertaking the design and construction of a new home on the Tamborine Mountain plateau above the Gold Coast.

Set on a triangular acre (3720 sqm) of land at lot 87/RP188936 above the Gold Coast, the home will command 240 degree views from the Stradbroke Islands to the NSW border, including the skyscrapers of the Gold Coast. The land is well wooded with a deep rainforest gorge running through the property that the house will straddle. This 40m long, between 5 and 10m wide and up to 8m deep fern filled chasm will contain over a dozen natural rock pools and waterfalls, providing a secluded retreat and bridged pathway. 

(Final design subject to substantial and ongoing changes)

The home itself rises steeply to firstly a two story garage level (with mezzanine) with a separate garage and studio to the south-east and a two story guest wing to the north-west, each of the three guest rooms with ensuite, internal mezzanine lounge, and balcony looking out to the east. Carport parking for visitors under the guest wing is accessible from a drive and bridge (over the rainforest gully creek) extending back along the north-eastern property boundary to the main driveway entrance. Beyond the guest wing to the north-east is a heavily wooded corner that contains hidden water tanks and water treatment system. 

Above the garage level is the main living zone featuring a 21m x 7m great hall with a two story glass wall overlooking the rainforest gully and a three story internal light well, a 14 x 7m two story lounge room with grand fireplace, milk bar style breakfast booth, and a hidden dinette, all looking out over the ocean through a two story glass wall and over a 7m wide deck to the east. The large deck extends around the main level of the house, over the rainforest gully, and includes an outdoor room and BBQ. Off the great hall is the kitchen with a hidden scullery and pantry with access to a formal dinning room and two story media room with mezzanine seating accessed from a raised mezzanine rumpus zone that overlooks the great hall, lounge and a 10m indoor spa pool that extends out onto a secluded patio at the apex of the rainforest gully. This looks back through the house to the formal entry hall with adjoining plant and mud rooms. The entry is accessed externally from a drivable path leading down through a japanese rock garden to the motor court between garages. Finally, between the lounge and media rooms is a formal library with a spiral staircase giving access to its three levels and providing an alternative  to the main staircases from the lounge to the mezzanine rumpus to the third floor family zone.

The family zone backs on to a secluded triangle at the rear of the property (that extends through several hundred meters of thick bushland reserve up a very steep slope to the ridge top. A terraced garden extends from the family zone deck overlooking the rainforest gully and enters into a breakfast area, lounge and TV space encompassing stairs leading down to the mezzanine rumpus and main lounge. Off the family zone is a children's nursery and play room, jack and jill bathroom and the master bedroom and bath that includes spa and two walk in robes. The master bedroom also includes an alcove retreat and both overlook the rainforest hills to the south-east. Through the top floor of the library is a is a large L shaped office space with views to the east and with a deck that extends fully around the top level of the house, 10m in drop along the south-eastern edge but extending to 15m where the rainforest gully is deepest, but at ground level along the north-western edge. Inside a 3 story deep light well extends down to the great hall.

Latest Sketchup rough design proposal

2011-2013    Tender for home construction.

2008-2011    Rough design of home to suit site.

2008-2010    Purchase (through Lane Realty) and paying off of site. 15 Sumatra Court, Mount Tamborine.

2005-2007    Scoping of area (Mount Tamborine, North Tamborine, Eagle Heights, Lower Beechmont, Mt Nathan, Clagiraba,     
                  Wongawallen, and Tallai), exploring the market and gaining an appreciation of the best site.