Gold Coast

Better by design – Split-level home puts quality on display

Better by design - Split-level home puts quality on display


The Vantage design is the style they have chosen for themselves, so the couple jumped at the chance to closely inspect the home. As a successful cabinetmaker and joiner, Barry knows a quality build and was impressed by what he saw.

“We’ve made a couple of changes to our home to suit our preferences but seeing this display home with all its fixtures and fittings in place gives us a great idea about what to expect when our home is built,” he said.

“And the private lift between floors surprised me by how quick and smooth it was.”

Currently living on a canal-front property in Palm Beach’s dress circle, it was important to the couple that they downsize to the same luxurious standard of home they currently enjoy. And the Vantage offers the quality and the space they were looking for.

The main level features a modern gourmet kitchen with generous island bench and walk-in pantry. Open-plan living and dining areas lead onto a balcony that is large enough to host barbecues. There is also a choice of a first floor or ground-level master bedroom, each with walk-in-robes and double-vanity ensuites.

The ground level boasts a kitchenette and butler’s pantry with generous storage space. From here, a large living room opens out onto an expansive alfresco area.

In addition to the second master bedroom, there is a multipurpose room that could serve as an additional guest bedroom or a craft room.

“We’ve been looking at over-50s lifestyle resorts for two to three years now,” said Narelle. “And we looked everywhere. When we came to inspect GemLife, we knew this was the resort for us.”

The couple is looking forward to the opening of the resort’s three-level 7000 sqm Country Club in 2025.

“Sport? I love it!” said Barry. “I’ll be there trying everything – bowls, golf, bocce – the lot.

“In fact, it was the quality of the facilities that also impressed us about GemLife – we’ve been to inspect GemLife Maroochy Quays twice and GemLife Bribie Island three times, so we know the standard of finish that we can expect from our own Country Club.”

The Barbours also appreciate the low-maintenance, secure lifestyle on offer at GemLife Gold Coast.

“We have six kids and nine grandchildren in New Zealand, so it is important to us to be able to ‘up and leave’ knowing our home is safe,” said Narelle.

“And we also have another holiday planned. We’ll be going to India and then over to New York, then Canada before going on a cruise.”


The GemLife Gold Coast over-50s lifestyle resort will ultimately comprise 365 homes, including exclusive split-level luxury homes with city skyline views.

The Vantage display home is one of 39 architecturally designed residences to be built in Stage One.

Priced from $1.2 million, the homes deliver a generous 326 sqm to 351 sqm of living space and are among GemLife’s most premium to date, meticulously designed for those with a love of entertaining.

Four designs are available – the Aruma, Vantage, Panorama and Summit – each offering a spacious open-plan design with two bedrooms plus multipurpose room, ultra-high ceilings, large rear yards, two alfresco areas, louvered shade systems and designer kitchens with European appliances.