It’s the time of year when excitement starts to build for that special day in December. No, we’re not talking about Christmas. On December 22nd, one lucky winner is going to walk away with the RSL Golden Treasure, an entire apartment complex in Palm Beach on Queensland’s Gold Coast.
Once a year, the RSL goes all out and offers a prize that sets (and then breaks) the bar for home lotteries. This time, they’ve put together a package that not only gives the winner a choice of five apartments to call home, but sets them up for life with an annual rental income equivalent to earning up to $100 an hour. That’s a pretty nice salary for lounging in your penthouse as you watch the waves roll against the sand.
The Golden Treasure is your ticket to a life of financial freedom. You’ll be a multi-millionaire, regardless of how you choose to organize your winnings. Living on the Gold Coast means enjoying a beach lifestyle that’s the envy of thousands of visitors who come every year to take in the sights of this famed holiday destination. As a resident, you can take your time picking and choosing among the hundreds of restaurants, cafes and attractions that line the shore from Surfer’s Paradise to Coolangatta.
You new home is steps from the beach, at the corner of Third avenue and historic Jefferson Lane, in one of the Gold Coast’s most exclusive suburbs. The apartment building was purpose built for the RSL, with four two-bedroom apartments topped by a double penthouse. You’ll love the modern lines and creative architectural design that ensures all residents share a scenic view of the ocean.
One draw, five apartments, and an income for life. Now that’s a Golden Treasure!
Palm Beach and the Gold Coast
The Gold Coast is famous for its white sandy beaches, vibrant nightlife, and many family attractions. Palm Beach lies half an hour to the south of Surfer’s Paradise, and that’s far enough away to give the suburb its own distinctive character. Beyond the shadow of the Gold Coast’s CBD, Palm Beach is a tranquil community with a pristine stretch of beach and some of the priciest real estate in the country.
The two creeks that define the town limits both branch into a network of canals before dispersing into the Coral Sea. The properties that front these canals are as opulent and luxurious as those you’ll find facing the beach. Tallebudgera Creek to the north is favoured for fishing, while the southern Currumbin Creek is a popular spot for swimming. The town itself boasts all the services and amenities you’ll ever need, without all the hype and frenetic activity you’ll find in some of the other communities along the Coast.
Palm Beach offers the opportunity to enjoy the best of a laid-back beach lifestyle within a stone’s throw of the glamour and excitement of the Gold Coast’s famed attractions. There are dozens of theme parks, nature reserves, zoos, and museums packed into this 30km stretch of coastline. Because the area attracts so many local and international tourists, it’s also a hotbed of outdoor activities. You can enjoy everything from parasailing to scuba diving, and try your hand at any number of heart-pounding extreme sports. If you prefer to keep both feet firmly planted on the ground, there are also dozens of world-class golf courses scattered throughout the region.
Nature-lovers flock to the Gold Coast hinterland for a dose of hiking, soaking in the natural beauty of the rainforest. Springbrook, Tamborine Mountain and Burleigh Head are among the many scenic National Parks that preserve the wildlife and unique flora abundant in this very special part of the country.
Whether you’re an adventurer, a wine aficionado, or just someone who enjoys a good night out, the Gold Coast isn’t going to disappoint. Who knows, if you’re the winner of the Golden Treasure and have nothing but time, you may develop an entirely new passion to fill your leisurely days.
The Penthouse at Bluebirds’ Rest
When World War I was raging in Europe, a group of twenty nurses and a masseuse were recruited by the Red Cross to go and help the troops in France. These women selflessly dedicated themselves to caring for the sick an injured, but because they were civilians they didn’t receive any recognition or pension when they returned home. The RSL named the Golden Treasure apartment complex in their honour, to commemorate their service and create a lasting tribute to their memory.
The cobalt blue accents you’ll find in all five apartments are a nod from the designer to the original Bluebirds who were distinguished by the colour of their uniforms. The overarching white motif speaks to the building’s enviable beachside location, and is tempered by additional splashes of yellow and muted grey. This colour scheme extends throughout the complex, adding a touch of dazzling colour to the rugs, furnishing, cushions, lamps and accent pieces.
The penthouse is an oasis of natural light, with doors that fully retract to open the entire upper living area to the terrace with its endless panoramic views. You’ll enjoy two full floors of opulent living space, filled with high-end furnishings, modern low-profile appliances, and quality fixtures.
Here are some of the outstanding features of the crown on your Golden Treasure.
Features of the Penthouse Apartment
- Two levels for a combined 398 square metres of indoor living space
- Integrated kitchen, living, and dining area on the second level
- Al fresco has both dining and seating areas, with views of the Surfer’s Paradise skyline, Palm Beach and the ocean
- Kitchen includes superior counter-tops, pantry, and sleek low-profile appliances and cupboards
- Choice of two master bedrooms, one on each level. Both have an ensuite, walk-in robe and access to an exterior balcony
- Dedicated media room has a large television and private balcony
- Total of five bedrooms. Two are suitable for use as a master bedroom, two are generously proportioned for family or guests and have private balconies, and one has been converted to a study
- Additional first level lounge has retractable doors which open to a wrap-around balcony for three spectacular views
- Powder room and bath on the first level, powder room on second level, plus two ensuites
- $304,661 worth of furnishings and appliances for the entire complex
- Indoor furnishings have natural timber accents
- Includes outdoor tables, chairs and place settings
- Shared pool with professional landscaping. Includes a BBQ area for entertaining
- Parking for 12 vehicles (10 below-ground for residents and two exterior places for visitors)
- Lift goes to both penthouse levels, which have a secured private lobby and entrance
- RSL Christmas tree, gifts, and specially designed surfboard worth $5,800
- One year of water rates and body corporate included, worth $41,685
- Includes legal fees for transfer, worth $6,875
- $2,000 travel voucher to get you to your new home
The Two-Bedroom Luxury Apartments
The four lower apartments at the Bluebirds’ Rest have the same basic floor plan but vary slightly in their exterior features. Apartments 1 and 2 are on the lower floor and feature an unbroken terrace that flanks two sides of the building, while apartments 3 and 4 have a terrace overlooking the ocean and a private balcony off the second bedroom. All four have the same panoramic view of the ocean, spacious rooms, and high-quality furnishings and fixtures.
- Kitchen, living and dining room lead to scenic al fresco with ocean views
- Ample room for receiving guests and entertaining
- Blue, yellow and grey accents enhance the crisp white beach-inspired colour scheme
- Ensuite off the master bedroom and access to the front terrace
- Private balcony off the second bedroom (apt 3 and 4) or access to the wrap-around balcony (apt 1 and 2)
- Additional full bath
- All residents can share the enjoyment of the pool, BBQ area and garden
- Secure underground parking for residents
Don’t Miss These Important Dates
The Golden Treasure is always the highlight of the year when it comes to the RSL Art Union Lottery, and tickets are selling fast. Avoid disappointment and make sure to get yours before they inevitably sell out.
Saturday 16 December 2017: The RSL Art Union Prize Home Lottery Draw 351 (the Golden Treasure) closes at 8pm AEST
Friday 22 December 2017: The draw happens at 10am AEST at ANZAC HOUSE, 283 St Pauls Terrace, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006. Feel free to drop by as members of the public are welcome. You’ll have to wait another year to catch the excitement of this special draw, so make sure to attend and experience the thrill of the Golden Treasure.
The “Courier Mail” and the “Australian” will post public notices of the winners following the draw, who will also be informed of the good news by registered mail. You can also find the results on this site after December 22.
Come and See the Bluebirds’ Rest for Yourself
The Golden Treasure is located at 3 Third Avenue, Palm Beach, QLD 4221. The apartment complex is available for inspection and tours from 9am to 5pm, seven days a week, until the end of day on 16 December 2017.
There’s so much to do on the Gold Coast that you should plan to make a weekend of it. Tour the Golden Treasure before heading off to explore the hinterland, ride the rollercoaster, or do a little wine tasting. If you’re dreaming of a life on the beach with no boss and no worries, you might as well get a glimpse of what it feels like to have all of this waiting for you come Christmas.
Endless ways to Maximize Your $4.1 Million Windfall
There’s no question that winning the Golden Treasure means instant wealth and no financial worries for the rest of your life. Regardless of what you decide to do with the five apartments at the Bluebirds’ Rest, you’ll be sitting on top of the world.
Looking at the Golden Treasure solely as an investment opportunity, you’ll earn over $200,000 a year in rental income if you lease out the entire complex. Living in the penthouse and renting the others brings in around $136,000, while living on one of the lower floors and renting the penthouse will get you something in the neighbourhood of $175,000. All of these options maintain the $3,750,000 equity you have in the property, and that figure will only grow as real estate prices continue to climb.
Selling is also an option, but you can liquidate as much (or as little) of the Golden Treasure as you need. Each of the lower apartments is worth between $600,000 and $680,000, and the penthouse would sell for about $1,200,000. That means you can play with the numbers and come up with the perfect balance of rental income, cash, and equity for your future requirements and preferred lifestyle.
If you choose to sell up, you’ll have limitless options of what to do with your multiple millions. Chuck in your job, see the world, or just luxuriate in knowing you’ll never have to look at the price tag when you’re eyeing a new purchase. The Golden Treasure puts you firmly in control of your own destiny, whatever the future may hold.
Don’t Miss Out on the Golden Treasure – Get Your Tickets Now
A year is a long time to wait for another chance at a prize this life-changing, and tickets are sure to sell out quickly. Remember that purchasing a ticket book for as low as $30 gives you free chances to win and the bonus of adding gold bullion to the value of your prize.
21 Chances to Win (6 bonus tickets valued at $60)
$135,000 Gold Bullion
14 Chances to Win (4 bonus tickets valued at $40)
$100,000 Gold Bullion
11 Chances to Win (3 bonus tickets valued at $30)
$90,000 Gold Bullion
7 Chances to Win (2 bonus tickets valued at $20)
$80,000 Gold Bullion
4 chances to Win (1 bonus tickets valued at $10)
$50,000 Gold Bullion
2 Chances to Win
The $50 Book is the most popular package. It gives you 7 chances of winning with 2 bonus tickets and if you are holding the winning ticket, you also receive an additional $80,000 in gold bullion.
Thank You for Supporting Australia’s Veterans
The RSL Art Union home lottery provides assistance to the country’s many ex-servicemen and women as they transition to civilian life. We wish you the best of luck in bringing home the Golden Treasure, and thank you for supporting this important cause.