12th October, 2023

Love at first sight.

It was love at first sight for Stephanie Brooks-Alexander when she visited Sanctuary Cove six years ago.

Intending it to be a stop-over before a European jaunt with her fiancé Scott Barton instead the couple ended up buying a home.

“I sent Scott a listing of a property for sale in the morning and, by 3pm, it had a sale sticker on it,” laughs Stephanie.

“Since then, we have made so many amazing friends, all of whom we consider ‘family’.”

Born in New Zealand, Stephanie was contracted to model out of university, first in Japan, then in New York and, later, Paris.

During that time, she studied both public relations and interior design, before meeting and marrying her first husband, moving to Hong Kong for seven years, and raising two sons.

While renovating and decorating her own home after her return to Sydney, Stephanie began styling homes for market and subsequently founded her own interior design business.

A chance connection with a business owner who was keen to rent the Double Bay home she had renovated brought her to Sanctuary Cove in 2016.

“We stayed at the Intercontinental Hotel for a couple of months during which we fell for the Cove,” says Stephanie. “We still have the house in Sydney, and visit the city regularly, but we think it’s paradise here.

“We love golfing and boating and have an old boat O have dubbed The Queen Mary.

“We sail to Tipplers on South Stradbroke Island for breakfast, or we go fishing, or take a picnic to one of the beaches with friends. 

“I also love to cook and entertain and enjoy all the health and fitness opportunities – Reformer Pilates classes, yoga, walking and swimming that the Cove has to offer.”

Stephanie says the friendly attitude of those who live in Sanctuary Cove reminds her of an ex-pat community, so much so that she’s told Scott “I’m never leaving”!

“Out of all the places I’ve lived, it’s the best place on the planet,” she says.

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Entry Gate Relocation Works

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Marine Village Upgrade Works

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Save the Date: July Community Conversations Q&A Event

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Community Conversations Q&A Event Video

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New Storage Facility Opening

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Welcome Naomi Fowler, Division 2 Councillor

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Sanctuary Cove Residents Entry Gate Relocation

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Sanctuary Cove Rezoning Approval

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Save the date for our next Community Conversations event

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Community Engagement Update

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Harbour One Hits Construction Milestone

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Welcome back and see you around!

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Community Profile: Paul and Charmaine Ledgerwood

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Pet of the month competition

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Cara Lee Collective is here!

Cara Lee – empowering women to feel and look their best no matter the activity.

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Sanctuary Cove Walking Club

Want to exercise but have no one to motivate you?

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Pet of the month

Miss February 2024 Tilly – a bundle of fun, wrapped in white and champagne fur, using her soulful eyes to communicate her needs! She is a Shih Tze/Maltese cross…also known as a Malshi!

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The Year of the Dragon

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Community Profile: Mel Gear & Rhonda Kavanagh

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Cybercrime and keeping your family safe – Free community event

Cybercrime and keeping your family safe – free community event.

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Upcoming works

  Golding Contractors have taken possession of,  and will soon commence bulk earthworks for the Parkway Villa Lots.

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Your Sanctuary Cove Community Hub 2024

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Bubbles on the Boardwalk

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A Full House For David Crisafulli MP Event

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Mulpha’s Role at Sanctuary Cove

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First Community Event A Great Success

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Community Group Spotlight

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