Filming has kicked off on the Australia’s premier dating show The Bachelor with this year’s contestants living it up in a $14.5m luxury Broadbeach Waters mansion.
It is the first time the series, created by Warmer Bros for Channel 10, has rolled cameras in the Sunshine State, with the Gold Coast gladly accepting the rose to play host.
A Broadbeach Waters mansion is at the epicentre of the action between not just one but three bachelors and a bevvy of bachelorettes, in a twist in the format.
Located on the Coast’s well-known and well-heeled Monaco St, the double-storey Beverly Hills-style home changed hands for a whopping $14.5m as recently as October and was one of the biggest sales on the Coast last year.
It was created by renowned Gold Coast architect Jared Poole and covers almost 2,400sq m with an incredible 115.1m of water frontage in a point position on main river.
Sliding glass doors open out from the open-plan kitchen, lounge and formal dining spaces onto a waterfront pavilion creating the ultimate alfresco entertaining space.
A central manicured lawn area is likely be where the contestants will congregate for the notorious rose-giving ceremony, where each week one or more bachelorettes are voted off the show.
When the bachelors aren’t keeping themselves looking in tip-top shape in the home’s gym, they can get to know their suitors by kicking back in the sparkling pool, entertaining around the inbuilt wet bar and barbecue, or cosying up in front of the fireplace.
Meanwhile, potential love-birds can choose to share a more intimate moment on the home’s private upper-level balcony, although keeping their eyes on one another may prove difficult with the glittering lights of Surfers Paradise winking at them from across the river.
Even in the daytime, the views from the mansion can be pretty spectacular, taking in the Coast’s iconic Jewel towers directly opposite and the rest of the cityscape stretching into the distance along main river.
It has been reported that production of the reality TV series on the Gold Coast will create about 80 local jobs and contribute an estimated $4.1m into the Queensland economy, with flow-on benefits for our hospitality and tourism sectors.
The Bachelor, season ten, is set to air later this year.
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