An Iconic Australian Residence – The Raffles Penthouse

22 October 2020

One of Perth’s most sought-after landmark properties – The Penthouse at the Raffles Waterfront Tower – has been listed for sale by Mont Property.

For the past 15 years, the luxury penthouse has been home to Jean Gardner, widow of prominent car dealer, Brian Gardner, who passed away in 2011. Brian bought the penthouse at the invitation of Multiplex founder, John Roberts, in 2005 and the couple modified the layout to create a spacious sky home and exclusive rooftop with a generous open plan layout.

The spectacular floor to ceiling views right out across Perth in every direction, are the prominent feature of literally every single living space and room.

“We spent countless hours reconfiguring the layout to maximise the views, create an open feel and huge rooms,” says Jean. “We wanted it to feel like a house, not an apartment.”

With the property situated within the iconic Raffles Hotel precinct, the penthouse is in one of Perth’s most central locations, within easy walking distance to all Applecross has to offer, including the South of Perth Yacht Club.

Upon leaving the lifts, visitors to the home enter a spacious private lobby which leads to the large main living area, dining area and open plan kitchen which has an extensive butler’s pantry that is the full width of the kitchen. There is also a separate media room. The living areas are tiled with travertine marble and open out to broad balcony areas with views down the Swan River to the Perth city skyline.

“Standing in the kitchen and looking at the city or sitting on the balcony and looking at the black swans, pelicans and dolphins in the river have always been my favourite things to do,” says Jean. “Over the years we’ve watched Perth grow and expand out to the east.”

Although on the 17th floor, the balcony is designed to be protected from westerly winds which means the sliding doors can be opened to let in the breeze. All the windows are also double glazed to insulate from heat and noise.

The penthouse boasts three king size bedrooms, each with their own full size bathroom and large wardrobes. The master bedroom has its own large balcony, full-sized walk-in wardrobe/dressing room and a large bathroom with a freestanding bath that looks out at the Canning River.

Brian and Jean moved into the penthouse from a large rural family property, but Jean says the spaciousness of the apartment meant they never felt like they had been forced to downsize. Jean lived at the property for a year and a half with her daughter Kirsty, son-in-law and their four children while the young family were building their dream home. But even then the penthouse was comfortable and never felt crowded.

“The only thing we downsized, was maintenance!” she says.

One of the major highlights of this property is the stunning infinity edge pool located on the private, second storey rooftop of the penthouse. This entertaining area also boasts a 12 person spa, glass steam room, bathroom & kitchenette all over looking the Swan River & Perth city. It’s a very unique and spectacular environment.

“We entertained regularly because it was just so easy,” says Jean. “Every year we would have a party for the Sky Show and the rooftop pool area is always such a great location for viewing the fireworks.”

While the penthouse comes with four parking bays, Jean says the central location means everything can be accessed by walking, and public transport is only steps away.

“The convenience and lifestyle are just unparalleled,” she says. “There is an IGA across the road, restaurants on your doorstep and beautiful local walks along the two bridges and you have access to the gym and water sport facilities at the Raffles community pool.”

The penthouse at the Raffles makes an ideal executive residence, downsizing option or family home.

“I just hope the next owners love it as much as we have,” Jean says.

The Raffles Hotel, famous for its art deco style was classified by the National Trust of Western Australia in 1995 and remains a favourite watering hole of Perth residents across the generations.

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