Positioned ‘guard-like’ on the waters’ edge of Lands End and towering over an inlet into the picturesque Broadwater, Bayview Shores is as much a part of the history of the Gold Coast as the iconic Surfers Paradise beaches.
The way history tells it, the statuesque building was originally developed as a hotel or timeshare facility for the Japanese market, and in addition to possessing ‘good bones’ in terms of very solid and high-quality construction, the high-rise features a number of subtle Asian nuances including precise landscaping, water features, lily ponds and separate gender saunas.
It’s the interiors however, that truly set this building apart. Classic granite and marble are teemed with expansive picture windows, lush carpets and crystal chandeliers: and they all look as good as the day they were installed.
The majority of the two- and three-bedroomed apartments are owner occupied, with ten in the long-term rental pool; and understandably, any apartment that comes up for sale or rent is not available for long.
Boasting spacious living and bedroom areas - eclipsed only by generous wrap-around balconies and spectacular Broadwater views, every apartment offers wide entrance areas, open-planned, well- equipped gourmet kitchens and luxurious marble tiled bathrooms and laundries.
Other facilities include a tennis court, a fully equipped gym, saunas, a large games room and library, a barbecue area, two heated swimming pools – indoor and outdoor, and a separate spa/plunge pool. There is even a private pontoon available for those requiring it.
And because Bayview Shores was initially developed as a resort, the ‘grand dame’ also features a commercial kitchen and functions area that is utilised by the body corporate on special occasions and by residents for private events and regular card games and musical evenings.
The secret ingredient to this building however, goes beyond the built-in features. It’s the intangible, but intrinsic culture of community and cooperation that exists between the residents and body corporate, and the onsite managers, Peter and Grace Nguyen.
Despite being relatively new to management rights and to Bayview Shores, Peter and Grace have already made an impact on the operation and day-to-day management of the building. Their strong sense of community has also resulted in a greater level of harmony throughout.
With an unlikely background in graphic design and then chef and owner of the award-winning Pho Vietnam restaurant in Australia Fair, Peter met Grace while she was studying hotel management, and the rest as they say is history. Peter now has his full real estate license and together they share an unbridled enthusiasm for ‘their’ building and goodwill for their extended family of residents and owners.
Bob Johnson, former automotive engineer and holder of the special projects portfolio on the Bayview Shores body corporate committee for eight years says: “We are all justifiably proud of this building and the friendly culture that has developed. Peter and Grace demonstrated a strong resolve with regard to their appointment and that won them instant credibility and support.
“The apartments in Bayview Shores are a good investment – over the years a number of them have had substantial renovations done - effectively increasing the overall value of the building, and it’s important for the body corporate to have a management team that shares the same vision and commitment.”
Speaking of the harmonious scenario, Rhonda Perkins, sales executive of Property Bridge Management Rights says: “Peter and Grace have exceptional people skills, enthusiasm for the challenge, strong family ties and extensive business experience. All of these factors were evident from the first time they approached us about purchasing management rights.
“A clear vision for the style of business accompanied by optimism and persistence ensured they could settle in their preferred building and location.”
When asked why they had chosen management rights as their occupations, and Bayview Shores in particular, Peter says: “MLR allows us to work and live in an area that we enjoy and in an environment that doesn’t feel like work.
“We both enjoy dealing with people, listening to them, solving problems and making things happen,” he adds. “We have learnt a lot from the residents here and look forward to every day. We are strong believers in not waiting to be asked to do something, we just do it because it needs to be done. For us it’s about the pride and personal achievement we feel at the end of each day.
“As to why Bayview, well she’s the best. Bayview Shores is an iconic building and the location is perfect; both from a business and lifestyle perspective.
“We are within minutes of all the attractions that have made the Gold Coast world famous, we have retail outlets, restaurants and all-things boating at our finger-tips, but we also have the calm and tranquillity of the suburbs.”
And even though they are just emerging from the renowned ‘six-month learning curve’ of MLR, Peter offers some sage advice for those considering management rights: “Be very clear about what you are looking for and why. Be honest, open and straight forward. Pace yourself or you could burn out, and make sure that you are always giving full value.”