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Restored Gold Coast home for $1.375M

Like many original Gold Coast homes, this restored

Like many original Gold Coast homes, this restored charmer was built in 1928 as retreat for a wealthy couple -- Peter and Sonia Colfax. It is on the market for $1.375 million in December 2014. Credit: Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty

Like many original Gold Coast homes, this restored 1928 charmer was built as a retreat for a wealthy couple -- Peter and Sonia Colfax. Unique in many ways, the Upper Brookville dacha -- Russian for a country home -- was designed for Sonia, a Russian immigrant who is said to have been Bohemian and artistic.

"It's very romantic," says Cottie Maxwell Pournaras of Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty, who is marketing the property for $1.375 million. Balconies, fireplaces and an open living room with an intricate display of ceiling beams, as well as unusual windows -- including those with slender arches -- lend to a country-house feel.

The current owners, Pournaras adds, brought the home into the 21st century with improvements that include a gourmet kitchen fashioned with cherrywood cabinets and stainless steel appliances.

The house has four bedrooms and four bathrooms.

Outside, the two-acre property, which adjoins Planting Fields Arboretum, has a rear patio and an in-ground pool. The scene can be enjoyed from the second-floor balcony off the master suite.

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