From the Daintree to the Coral Sea, this Tropical North Queensland trophy home has it all

first_imgEagles Nest at Rocky Point.There are 23,000 screws in the roof, 50 tonnes of steel in the walls and over 300 power outlets throughout the house.Solid Tasmanian oak adorns everything from skirting boards to window frames.According to agent Lynn Malone of LynnMalone HOME, seeing really is believing when it comes to Eagles Nest, which is planned for auction on May 3.“Going there is just magical,” she said.“There is a vista from every aspect, north, south, east and west.“On one side is the Daintree Rainforest, then the Great Barrier Reef, so you’re in the middle of two world heritage listed sites.” Eagles Nest, Rocky Point, is for sale.The couple returned to Australia two decades ago after years living in the United States, where Malcolm founded the software company, Ultradata, which became one of the leading US suppliers of turnkey computer systems for financial institutions like credit unions. They searched up and down the Queensland coast before deciding to build their dream home – Eagles Nest – on a 1.5ha high ridge in Rocky Point, just north of Port Douglas.“We wanted to build our dream home in a dream location,” he said.“And there isn’t a more dream location anywhere in the world if you ask me.”It’s hard to argue with him.Eagles Nest remains as elegant today as it when it was first built almost 20 years ago. From the sky, 1000sq m of Indonesian-inspired, white turreted roof emerges from a blanket of green rainforest and farmland, bordered by the sparkling Coral Sea. Eagles Nest at 10-12 Hibiscus Court, Rocky Point, is for sale.Not surprisingly, the retired software developer is reluctant to sell his piece of paradise in the tropics.“You look at the beauty of the place and wonder whether you’re doing the right thing,” he said.“It will be tears of blood when we do transfer to another owner.”But Malcolm and his wife, Cheryl, spend at least half of the year travelling overseas or in their Sydney home and believe it’s time to downsize.“We’re not getting any younger and we appreciate we need to make the most of the time we have left,” he said. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Eagles Nest at 10-12 Hibiscus Court, Rocky Point.The den – Malcolm’s favourite spot – is the only upstairs element of the house because he doesn’t believe in stairs.Measuring a liberal 8×8 metres and opening onto a 15×4 metre private balcony, this is the ultimate retreat.There is also a vestibule, where Malcolm and Cheryl display furnishings and collectibles gathered during their travels. Eagles Nest at 10-12 Hibiscus Court, Rocky Point, is for sale.FROM his desk in his private den, Malcolm McKellar reckons he has the best view in the world.He’s enjoying a glass of scotch as he admires his backyard on another stunning afternoon in tropical Queensland.“From where I’m sitting I can see the Coral Sea to the east, Port Douglas, down through Cairns looking south, over Mossman Valley a carpet of green…and the northern end of the Great Dividing Range,” he said.The only thing Malcolm can’t quite catch a glimpse of from this room is the Daintree Rainforest to the north, but you can see that from just about every other room in the house.center_img More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoEagles Nest, Rocky Point, is for sale.The house is on two separate titles and has a 360-degree unobstructed outlook, which was born out of the couple’s desire to be near the water but not directly on the beach.Light-filled open-plan living areas spill on to the wraparound verandas, perfect for taking in the dramatic views and enjoying the tropical climate.There are four bedrooms, all with ensuite bathrooms, along with a large kitchen, library and gymnasium. Eagles Nest.Oh, and did I mention there’s a tennis court, swimming pool and spa, and helicopter pad?If a chopper isn’t your style, there’s plenty of room to park your wheels in the three-car garage.And the McKellars have spared no expense when it comes energy-efficient features, structural integrity and quality inclusions.“I’m a great believer in function over form,” he said.“We’re in the tropics and this can be a demanding environment so we designed the place to be low maintenance externally and internally.” Sunset at Eagles Nest, Rocky Point. Picture: Cheryl McKellarMs Malone said the property offered the ‘sea change’ many buyers yearned for, but without the isolation.Cairns is just a 15 minute helicopter ride away, while the Cairns international airport offers a convenient gateway to the rest of the world.last_img read more