A 23-YEAR-old who was today found guilty of axing his multi-millionaire family to death at home had lived an idyllic luxury lifestyle in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
Henri van Breda was found guilty of murdering his parents Martin and Teresa as well as his brother Rudi, and attempting to murder his sister Marli in their estate in South Africa, one of two homes they had maintained on opposite sides of the world.
The van Bredas had relocated to South Africa for business reasons, but kept their sprawling Sunshine Coast property intact with a view to returning to the idyllic lifestyle in future.
They had bought what was then a seven bedroom, seven bathroom, two car space property in 2012 for $2.2m, with the 3.86 hectare property including development approval for six additional residential lots.
Their Queensland home was a sprawling eco designed luxury retreat where every bedroom had an ensuite and opened up to expansive private decks, patios or gardens.
The grounds themselves were covered in rainforest and bamboo water garden features, though the home was also just a mere four minutes from the Maroochydore city centre, eight minutes from the beach and 11 minutes from the QLD Sunshine Coast Airport.
The quirky main building was made of hardwood in an unusual circular shape, designed and constructed with nine ensuite bedrooms, seven of which were operational when the family frolicked about there.
The living zone incorporated a “voluminous” double height atrium ceiling, with the home also having a luxury stone kitchen, prep area and walk in pantry — “an incomparable family home” that could be a luxury guesthouse, coming with a caretaker’s cottage, orchards and several dams.
It was a distant cry from the grisly scenes that investigators met in the family’s De Zalze Golf Estate home in South Africa in January 2015 the day after the parents and their son were slaughtered.
It took two years after the family was murdered and their son Henri put on trial for the executor of the van Breda’s will to put the property on the market in Queensland.
At $2.49 million, it was listed as a “captivating oasis with subdivision potential opportunity” with clear sweeping views to Moreton Island and the Glasshouse Mountains.
The showpiece former luxury retreat also had development approval for a subdivision to create an additional six residential allotments just minutes to Buderim village” according to the listing.
It was on the market just three months before it was snapped up for $140,000 under the asking price, selling to an investment company for $2.35m in April of 2018.
That’s not a bad deal considering the median price of houses in that area has risen 33.6 per cent in the past five years.
The property was put up for rent three months after the sale date, listed at $2,650 a week with a commercial slant as a home, bed and breakfast, retreat, and accommodation venue.
The new owners converted the property into an 11 bedroom, 10 bathroom, 10 car space estate and got development approval for a pool and spa to be put in for in excess of $31,000 in October last year.