Gold Coast estate George Clooney called home could be yours for $20 million

Jade Lazarevic
The Nightly
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Rivermead Estate on the Gold Coast is listed for sale with price expectations of around $20 million.
Rivermead Estate on the Gold Coast is listed for sale with price expectations of around $20 million. Credit: Supplied

A LUXURY estate used by Hollywood star George Clooney during his time in Australia filming Ticket To Paradise has hit the market with a whopping price tag.

The landmark property in the hinterland of the Gold Coast is listed for sale by expressions of interest with an asking price understood to be upwards of $20 million.

The 52-acre Rivermead Estate on Caballo Road in Guanaba is listed with Andrew Thomson and Nick Myer of Elders Real Estate Melbourne.

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“We are expecting offers around $20 million,” Mr Thomson said.

“It is an incredible place and it is very unique - where else do you find something of that size land-size that close to the Gold Coast?”

Rivermead Estate on the Gold Coast is listed for sale with price expectations of around $20 million. The estate includes a six-bedroom homestead and a three-bedroom guest pool house.
The estate includes a six-bedroom homestead and a three-bedroom guest pool house. Credit: Supplied

The property is a 30 minute drive to Mermaid Beach.

According to reports, the estate is owned by prominent developer and Gordon Corp CEO Tim Gordon and his wife Karin.

Rivermead Estate on the Gold Coast is listed for sale with price expectations of around $20 million. The property occupies 52 acres.
The property occupies 52 acres. Credit: Supplied

The Ocean’s Eleven star chose the property as his base to live in for five months in 2021 with his wife Amal and their two children while filming Ticket To Paradise.

In a recent interview, Mr Gordon revealed the star couple celebrated Christmas and New Year’s Eve at the estate.

George Clooney and Amal Clooney arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of "Catch-22" at TCL Chinese Theatre on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Hollywood star George Clooney and wife Amal reportedly stayed at the estate during a stint filming in Australia in 2021. Credit: Jordan Strauss/Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Originally a thriving dairy farm and arrowroot producer, the first two polo fields were established at Rivermead Estate in the mid to late 1900s.

It was celebrated as an International Polo Club, alongside a macadamia plantation and new house named Casa Caballo.

Rivermead Estate on the Gold Coast is listed for sale with price expectations of around $20 million. The living room.
The living room. Credit: Supplied
Rivermead Estate on the Gold Coast is listed for sale with price expectations of around $20 million. The luxury kitchen.
The luxury kitchen. Credit: Supplied

Under the ownership of the Gordons, the majestic heritage-style home was built in 1990 to replace Casa Caballo.

“There was an old timber home on the property that was relocated there probably 20 or so years ago which was in fair condition when the current owners bought it,” he said.

Rivermead Estate on the Gold Coast is listed for sale with price expectations of around $20 million. The grand entry foyer.
The grand entry foyer. Credit: Supplied

“The building wasn’t in the condition that they wanted it to be in to they set about a complete refurbishment.”

The transformation of Rivermead Estate

Rivermead Estate on the Gold Coast is listed for sale with price expectations of around $20 million. The homestead has six bedrooms.
The homestead has six bedrooms. Credit: Supplied

The couple kept the bones of the original house which they rebuilt into a three-level Hamptons-style homestead.

Designed to pay homage to its heritage, the renovated six-bedroom residence incorporates a blend of original features and modern finishes to create a grand and luxurious home.

Rivermead Estate on the Gold Coast is listed for sale with price expectations of around $20 million. The ensuite.
The ensuite. Credit: Supplied

Features include a media room, billiard room, sauna, gym and wine cellar, plus a Teppanyaki bar and alfresco kitchen.

There is a three-bedroom poolside guest residence and two-bedroom manager’s accommodation in addition to the main house.

Rivermead Estate on the Gold Coast is listed for sale with price expectations of around $20 million.  The wine cellar.
The wine cellar. Credit: Supplied

Outside has a heated in-ground swimming pool and spa, and championship-sized tennis court.

Rivermead Estate also has a private lake which perhaps appealed to Clooney who owns an 18th-century 25-room villa on Northern Italy’s Lake Como.

Rivermead Estate on the Gold Coast is listed for sale with price expectations of around $20 million. The property has a private lake.
The property has a private lake. Credit: Supplied

The overall quality of the property is a stand-out, according to Mr Thomson.

“The owners completely rebuilt just about everything that is there,” he said.

Rivermead Estate on the Gold Coast is listed for sale with price expectations of around $20 million. The lounge room.
The lounge room. Credit: Supplied

“The quality of the workmanship is incredible and apart from obviously being a fantastic place to look at, the quality of the work and how unique it is, there is really nothing else to compare it to.”

In addition, the estate has equine facilities including a 16 box stable complex, Olympic size dressage arena and tournament size polo field.

Rivermead Estate on the Gold Coast is listed for sale with price expectations of around $20 million. Equine facilities include a 16-box stable complex and an Olympic size dressage arena.
Equine facilities include a 16-box stable complex and an Olympic size dressage arena. Credit: Supplied

Rivermead Estate has also provided a back drop to many glamorous events.

Five years on from its launch as a venue, the estate has played host to high-end weddings, product launches, cashed-up guests and brand events for Porsche and Ferrari.

Mr Thomson said the property was suited as a grand home or a range of commercial endeavours including bespoke events, executive retreats, film production, weddings and corporate functions.

Rivermead Estate on the Gold Coast is listed for sale with price expectations of around $20 million. The homestead overlooks the heated in-ground swimming pool.
The homestead overlooks the heated in-ground swimming pool. Credit: Supplied

There is scope to further develop the property.

“There are three titles, so if anybody wants to do more with it, they could,” he said.

“At one stage there was approval to build cabins either side of the driveway, so there is upside there if someone wanted to make it into more of a tourist venture.

Rivermead Estate on the Gold Coast is listed for sale with price expectations of around $20 million. The view from the balcony.
The view from the balcony. Credit: Supplied

“They have hosted weddings there in the past and they lease it out as a private rental for a period of time.

“They have had a few international guests stay on the property.”

Rivermead Estate on the Gold Coast is listed for sale with price expectations of around $20 million. The alfresco kitchen and entertaining area.
The alfresco kitchen and entertaining area. Credit: Supplied

The estate’s website describes it as “a private sanctuary steeped in history, a luxurious destination for those seeking an unforgettable experience for private luxury stays, special occasions, bespoke events or to escape to unique oasis to reset and relax”.

The agent said the property had drawn a high level of interest since hitting the market on April 29.

Rivermead Estate on the Gold Coast is listed for sale with price expectations of around $20 million. The luxury home is inspired by the Hamptons design.
The luxury home is inspired by the Hamptons design. Credit: Supplied

“We have had some very strong enquiry and that has been a mix of interstate and locals in south-east Queensland,” he said.

“We anticipate some international interest.”

Expressions of interest close on June 6 at 4pm.

This article was originally published on view.com.au.

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