A View to Thrill
Sunday Times WA Dream Homes
13 July 2008
Long-time apartment lovers Malcolm Day and Bree Maddox relish seeing life from a different angle. Malcolm called the high-rise of Scarborough Beach home for 12 years before relocating to his landmark Kings Park penthouse that takes in sweeping views of the city, river and park.
Meanwhile, Bree (a former Penthouse Pet) flitted from her unit in Scarborough’s Sand Castles complex to the Box building before officially moving in with her beau on Valentine’s Day 2005. “I love the security of apartments,” Bree says.
In addition to being the managing director of adultshop.com, Malcolm developed the five-level building, designed by architect Barry Baltinas, which took two years to build.
“I was eager to make a good profit but, at the end of the day, I couldn’t part with the penthouse,” Malcolm says. “I just wanted to live here. I love Bellevue Terrace because I think it’s the only street that takes in both city and Kings Park views.”
Bree agrees: “It’s great to have 270-degree views. It’s just beautiful when the lights are on in the park trees.”
It’s also the perfect place for parties. When the revellers arrive, they head straight up to the rooftop bar, spa and lounge that can hold 150.
Since buying Perth’s popular gay pub, The Court Hotel, the couple’s party palace has become livelier.
“We had a belated Christmas party for the staff of The Court in January and called it the Kinky Christmas Party,” Malcolm says. “We hired a bus to bring them from the hotel. The bus broke down at the round-about. They all walked up the street in their kinky gear!”
Called Miami, the overall fitout of this smart-wired apartment, from its state-of-the-art kitchen to an art gallery with ostrich skin walls, is enough to make you swoon.
Malcolm also had Madonna’s lighting designer flown from London to work on the project. Even the furniture was custom-made.
“Malcolm likes the hide-covered chairs and I like the soft, comfy couches,” Bree says.
The dining table needed a crane to lift it over the balcony. It took six men to place the glass top on. “We’re never doing that again,” Bree says.
The superb, central location means the glamour couple is often spotted walking around the CBD or trekking to footy matches at Subiaco Oval.
The home is the ultimate expression of Malcolm and Bree’s personalities and lifestyle – right down to their plush boudoir, which also takes in panoramic views.