Skye is the limit for beachfront home

Wed, 10th May 2017

While one chapter of Skye Lodge’s history comes to an end, buyers are clamouring to be the lucky owners who will begin the next one. 

Skye Lodge is one of those rare gems that appears on the market once in a lifetime and interest in the beachfront Dicky Beach property is running hot.

Built by the owners of Marsden’s Timber in 1953, the expansive views were well and truly utilised, with ocean and headland views from every room.

Constructed using ironbark, hardwood and masonite, the home has stood the test of time and renovations undertaken by owners over the years have endeavoured to remain true to the character of the distinctive home.

The current owner, who did not wish to be named, says all water for the home was provided by a freshwater bore located in the backyard with the large pump housed in a small weatherboard replica of the house complete with its own sloping roof. 

This was in use until town water was connected.

“As milk was delivered in those days, the home came with its own ‘milk delivery door’ set in the ironbark weatherboard allowing the milkman to place the day’s milk order through this door directly into the kitchen cupboard,” she says.

Having been planted in the 1940s, the iconic Norfolk Island pines have always been a fixture of the property’s outlook and have grown much more majestic.

It was by a twist of fate the family came to own the property.

Marsden sold the home to a grazier, who named the property Skye. At that time, the coastal road north stopped at Currimundi Creek, so the Bruce Highway was the only route to Mooloolaba. 

“In 1960, the grazier sold the property to our parents and moved closer to his family and the golf course in Maroochydore. Skye has been our family beach home since that time and has played a significant part in not only our lives but the lives of the large extended family, friends and acquaintances through the years,” the woman says.

It was by a twist of fate the family came to own the property, having initially travelled from Brisbane to purchase a Kings Beach property only to find it had been sold just minutes before they arrived.

“As the story goes, one day the Caloundra Real Estate agent called our father asking if he could visit him in Brisbane the next day. Our dad told him directly that if he was coming to talk about Skye, don’t bother as they couldn’t afford it,” she says.

“Not deterred the agent informed Dad that he was playing golf with the owner, knew that he wanted to sell the property and move, and would present whatever their offer was to him during the golf game. They had that night to decide what their offer would be. 

“After much discussion and prayer, an amount was decided upon, more than what our parents could afford but much less than the property was worth.”

The property consists of two dwellings: the upstairs home the family called Skye Lodge and the lower two-bedroom flat called Skye Beachcomber. 

Both were rented on holiday letting throughout the year, but for some weekends, school holidays and always the Christmas summer holidays for the past 57 years, the family lived at Skye.

“Through the years, Skye has bonded us, every generation, as a family in ways that can’t be expressed in words but in memories,” she says.

“Many hours have been spent fishing, beach worming, surfing, swimming and actively enjoying the beach, playing and jumping off sand dunes, climbing over the deck of the SS Dicky or combing the beach or rocks for interesting shells and sea creatures. Although a part of suburbia, Skye showcased nature and the amazing world we live in that is often forgotten with city living.

“Nights on the balcony spent scanning the night sky for constellations or a glimpse of a falling star or a satellite passing overhead will never be forgotten nor the many long, deep discussions held around the fireplace on a cold winter’s night.”

The emotional attachment to the property is palpable as the owner talks about Skye, but the passing of the family matriarch, her mother, last year signalled “the end of an era.”

“Mum was in her mid-nineties and with most of the immediate family now living at distance around Australia and overseas, it was time to close this chapter of our life and give another family the opportunity to experience the joys of Skye,” she says.

Ray White Caloundra’s Andrew Garland says this is a “once in a lifetime opportunity”.

“With direct access to Dicky and Moffat Beach, you will appreciate year-round patrolled swimming, a pet-friendly beach, the cafes and restaurants at Moffat Beach a short beach stroll away and the Coast’s best surf break at your doorstep,” he says.

“Act quickly as discerning buyers will be captivated by this unsurpassed beachfront location and will not let the opportunity pass them by.”

Fast Facts
43 Wilson Avenue, Dicky Beach 
6 bed, 2.5 bath, 2 car
658m2 block
Ray White Caloundra - Andrew Garland 0403 851 777.