This weekend one of Australia’s most impressive equestrian properties will go under the hammer and its owner — former Ladbrokes CEO and Managing Director of gambling site Neds — Dean Shannon, says while it’s no longer home for his family, the future is bright for the buyer who snaps up Montana Park.
Shannon bought Montana Park in Maleny in 2010 for $7 million and has invested heavily since, to create his family’s dream home and a state-of-the-art equestrian complex.
“We more than doubled the size of the original residence to over 1,800sqm as well as covering one of the two 70m x 30m show-jumping arenas, significantly improved all staff and guest accommodation in the already sizable stable complex and enhanced the landscaping of the over 42 hectares of lush Maleny pasture,” Mr Shannon said.
“Montana Park is a place we love to call home, however my current business commitments with the launch, and now international expansion of Neds have seen me spend more time in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast, with less opportunity to enjoy all this home has to offer.”
“We have a true passion for horses in our family and have bred and raised many horses at Montana Park as well as spelling our own race horses there. We wanted to create a luxury home with an equestrian complex which not only met our personal needs but also gave us the ability to pursue our equestrian business interests. We therefore invested in the instructor’s suite and three guest bedrooms, two bathrooms and two kitchens in the stable complex in addition to all the equestrian facilities that were already there.”
Part of the renovations completed by Mr Shannon to the main homestead include a lavish 260sqm Versace-style master suite including two ensuites — ‘hers’ at 72sqm with an additional steam room, massage room, opulent 40sqm dressing room and 55sqm luxury sitting room, and ‘his’ ensuite coming in at 48sqm.
Listing agent Lew Pottinger from Ray White Buderim said the property had attracted significant interest from potential buyers across Australia and from multiple international buyers looking to secure property in one of Queensland’s most desirable and high growth regions.
“Montana Park overlooks the lush hinterland of the Sunshine Coast which is one of the most popular tourism destinations in Australia, thanks to its world-class beaches and natural attractions,” Mr Pottinger said.
“This, along with it being located just 30 minutes from Corbould Park Racecourse and an hour from Brisbane, has added to the appeal of Montana Park for international buyers as well as those from the southern states.”
While Montana Park has piqued the interest of those thousands of miles away, one potential buyer is just down the highway in Brisbane.
Kerry Higgins is the mother of Chelsea Higgins who was recently featured on ABC’s Australian Story about her miraculous recovery from nine days in a coma after a terrible horse-riding accident. Chelsea has since represented Australia at the World Equestrian Games and has been awarded Queensland Para Equestrian of the Year several times.
“We have fallen in love with Montana Park ― this really is a magical property which appeals to us on so many levels,” Ms Higgins said after inspecting the property last week.
“The owners have really considered every possibility and have spared no expense in creating an equestrian complex at international standards. I see the potential to host competitions, judges’ seminars, auctions and training workshops at Montana Park while still having more than enough space for Chelsea to train and breed her horses.
“Our connections across the industry would love what we could create at Montana Park — the options are endless! And the benefits to the local community of having an equestrian complex of this calibre to attract some of the best in the international industry to Maleny is very exciting too.”
Montana Park includes a commanding luxurious homestead; a state-of-the-art stable complex, including an instructor’s suite and three-bedroom guest’s living quarters; as well as a separate four-bedroom manager’s residence.
“The meticulous homestead is nothing short of impressive with a spacious media room, commercial-grade kitchen with large walk-in pantry, gymnasium, fireplace and resort-style swimming pool,” Mr Pottinger said.
“The equestrian complex includes two 70m x 30m show-jumping or dressage arenas — one of which is under cover with lights —12 extra-large stables, tack rooms, a six-horse walker and 45 individual paddocks, while the eight mega-litre dam virtually drought-proofs the property. The appeal of the property is enhanced by the solid post and rail fencing used extensively to frame the individual paddocks and the property’s entirety.
“Every aspect of this property has been carefully considered and perfectly designed for equine pursuits and we’re finding that buyers are attracted both to the beautiful homestead and the idyllic rural lifestyle it offers as well as to the business opportunity Montana Park presents in almost any equestrian discipline,” Mr Pottinger said.
Five minutes away from Montana Park is the picturesque, hinterland community of Maleny with its vibrant paddock-to-plate culture, wineries, micro-breweries, hip coffee shops and an array of world-class dining options such as The Long Apron at Spicers Clovelly and The Tamarind.
“With Brisbane an hour to the south and the Sunshine Coast airport — which will offer international flights in 2020 — 40 minutes north, you can now work interstate or internationally but enjoy the lifestyle only found on the beautiful Sunshine Coast.”
Montana Park will go to auction onsite at 11am on Sunday, 29 July. For more information please visit www.montanaparkmaleny.com.au or call Ray White Buderim’s Lew Pottinger on 0419 788 547 or Judy Wild on 0419 798 905.