Andrew Winter’s discontent leads straight to bulldozers

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Host of Selling House Australia Andrew Winter in an upcoming episode out of Queensland.

Andrew Winter, the Selling Houses Australia TV show host and real estate guru, hates his home so much that he’s tearing it down and moving into “uncharted territory”.

He and his wife Caroline bought a house in Mermaid Beach mid last year for $1.525m before selling their waterfront Sanctuary Cove five-bedroom home for $3.05m in December.

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“I don’t love it that much,” he told The Courier-Mail. “We’re living in it now but we’re moving out and bringing in bulldozers.”

The couple are awaiting council approval to put in a three-storey luxury home with a roof terrace to make the most of the views. They hope they’ll have the go-ahead by “November-December time”.

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Andrew Winter’s 2019 Mermaid Beach purchase which is earmarked for demolition.

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The host of Selling House Australia is much kinder to homeowners Season 13 of Selling Houses Australia than he has been to himself. The first episode is 7.30pm QLD/8:30pm AEDT tonight on Foxtel’s LifeStyle channel.

“We’ve never built a home like this before. It’s completely uncharted territory. It’s a narrow block and the living area will be on level three. It’s an interesting one and it’s taken a long time to get it to this stage.”

He said the inclusion of the top-floor living room was at his wife’s insistence.

“I was going for a living room in the middle, bedrooms on top and garages and a guest room on the ground floor. But no, the architect and my wife said entry on the middle level and living on the top and the roof terrace.”

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You can only just make out the ocean now, but when they go three storeys up, it will be a different ballgame.

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Andrew Winter dislikes everything about this million-dollar property at present.

“Unfortunately gravity doesn’t like that much, but it’s all good. It’s quite a design challenge. We’re very conscious about capturing the views.”

The family loved the beach and the cafe lifestyle of Mermaid Beach.

“Our kids are growing up. We moved out of central London to the suburbs of the Gold Coast and loved it. We’re facing the fact that we’re really townies, the coffee shop’s 10 minutes walk away as well as restaurants and bars. Forget the car, we don’t need it. We are embracing it.”

He said it was about different stages for different people.

“Some people will never have an urban desire, but there’s something great about waking up, seeing there’s no milk and thinking I’ll just go to the coffee shop. Then, of course, we won’t have a big backyard for a trampoline. It just depends on what you want.”

Mr Winter said the shooting schedule for Selling Houses Australia – the 2020 season premieres Wednesday on Foxtel – was “pretty full on as usual”.

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Most people would likely not mind this at all, but to each his own dream home.

He was proud of their success helping most families on the show to sell their property, which at about 80 per cent sales.

“Forget Love at First Sight, we’re on fire,” he said.

He said the Queensland property market had not had the increases of Sydney and Melbourne, but was still “really strong”.

“In the last 10 years, you’d be hard pressed to find properties that have doubled. We’ve still got room to grow in SEQ.”

*Selling Houses Australia S13 premieres Wednesday, March 25 at 7:30pm QLD / 8:30pm AEDT on Foxtel’s LifeStyle.

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