Gold Coast Mansion That Housed Whitney Houston up for Sale

One of the Gold Coast’s most extraordinary mansions has, recently, been put on the market. 26 Marseille Court in Sorrento is also known as “Bartinon” and is your chance to own a rare and opulent house that scarcely appears in the real estate market. 

Situated on a 6,508sqm block of land with 2,300sqm of living space, Bartinon has all the space you could ever need. Furthermore, the property has 100m of frontage along the Nerang River, which features a deep-water pontoon with a dry deck. This 7-bedroom and 7-bathroom property is something exceptionally hard to come by nowadays on the Gold Coast. 

The front of the property presents a grand Porte Cochere, with the graved paved with intricate inlaid mosaic, which leads onto a marble walkway with water features to the side. Upon walking through the entrance, you are greeted by an elegant hanging chandelier and a grandiose marble double staircase. Looking onto the entrance are the upstairs common rooms, which include a billiard room, bar, sitting room and library. Upstairs are also the five family bedrooms, which consists of the large master wing. Inside the master wing is a sitting room, balcony with stunning river and city views, and a large ensuite featuring a spa bath. 

Downstairs there is a formal living room that looks onto the waterfront through the floor-to-ceiling glass French doors. It also features a sunken lounge with granite and marble-clad fireplace, wet bar, formal music area, and it joins onto the formal dining area. The informal living room/family room is elevated to ensure the best views of the river and the glistening heated pool. This room showcases exemplary timber joinery through stunning exposed beams; furthermore, the room has a sandstone clad fireplace, wet bar and easy access to the entertaining terrace. 

The entertainer’s kitchen has everything you will need for hosting functions or gatherings of any size. It features two eight burner freestanding cooktops and ovens, a large industrial range hood, a butler’s pantry with easy access to the wine cellar. The large wrapping verandah has an alfresco entertaining area and leads onto the full-sized floodlit tennis court. 

Other features include three executive studies, a gymnasium/ballroom, sauna and spa, multiple storage and washrooms, a work shed, a riverfront boat shed and two garages holding a total of seven cars. 

Initially, the mansion was built for Sir Justin and Lady Hickey in the early 1980s; it is designed in a Mediterranean style and brings a touch of the Caribbean to the Gold Coast. The house has seen its fair share of celebrities, with the house having hosted Frank Sinatra, Whitney Houston, the Rolling Stones, the King of Tonga and the Sultan of Brunei.

The property is 30 minutes from Coolangatta Airport and 45 minutes to Brisbane International and Domestic Airports. Furthermore, it is 15 minutes to Surfers Paradise and other major Gold Coast beaches, and it is close to shopping, dining and the Star Casino.