This Dream Home Has a Little Magic

Casa Campana is a world away from the urban hustle. The Mediterranean-inspired estate not only offers a lifestyle upgrade but a potential income, write Viva Hyde.

Rising against a rainforest canopy in all its creamy, curvy glory is Casa Campana. Marcus and Olivia Smith’s lives took a surreal turn when they purchased the dream home, built in 2019 by stylist Sophie Bell, of Peppa Hart, with the Three Birds Renovation team.

The Mediterranean-inspired estate has hosted fashion types, screen productions, and celebrities, recently serving as the backdrop for Aussie singer George Sheppard’s week-long wedding celebrations with bride, Kathleen Seagar. The Smiths paid $3.3m for the 1.31ha Tweed Valley retreat in June 2022, and held it not only as a holiday and events destination, but also a cherished family home.

They relocated from Sydney’s northern beaches with their three children, Jess, 14, Ollie, 12, and Felix, 6. “We bought it as a business, but the more time we spent up here, we slowly fell in love,” said marketing professional Mr Smith. The couple had 10 years’ experience managing short-term rental properties but did not anticipate their emotional pull to the area. “It’s just such a beautiful space – it’s so tranquil, and the people around here are amazing,” Mr Smith said.

“The calmness and the peace here is so different to what we’ve come from in Sydney, and being able to work from home and have more time with the family has been great.” Now, with an overseas work opportunity beckoning, new owners are invited to experience the magic of Casa Campana. The property at 61 Garden Ave, Nunderi is marketed via an expressions of interest campaign with Amir Prestige agent, Justin Haynes.

The two-storey floorplan includes three bedrooms, a media room and open-plan living and dining space on the lower level adorned with Peppa Hart’s signature sun silhouettes. A central concrete island bench and butler’s pantry complete the kitchen. Mrs Smith said: “It’s a great family home. With three kids, they’ve all got their own space. It just works, it flows well.” Upstairs is a large home office and showstopping master suite with built-in king bed, lavish ensuite, and sweeping balcony. “The beautiful views waking up in a forest were probably my favourite part of living here,” said Mrs Smith, who managed bookings for the property.

The Smiths weren’t familiar with the Peppa Hart brand, but the home’s European beach bar inspiration resonated with their own recent travels to Greece. Covered terraces wrap around the home, while the glamorous pool area has a pavilion with wood-fired pizza oven, bar and day bed. At the front of the home, a custom kids’ cubby with rooftop slide is positioned next to an equally whimsical grown-ups’ play space with margarita bar and day bed. Mr Haynes said the property offered a lifestyle upgrade as well as a potential income stream. “This luxury residence feels a world away from the urban hustle, yet is actually only 15 minutes from Cabarita Beach, 25min to Coolangatta International Airport and only 40 minutes to Byron Bay,” Mr Haynes said.

Source: Gold Coast Bulletin |