Auction Location: On-Site.
An opportunity has arisen to acquire one of Toowong’s most extraordinary properties. Nestled into the hillside, this redesigned and meticulously restored c. 1910 Queenslander, ‘Bimbimbie’, meaning ‘Place of many birds’, offers not only a beautiful multi-level family entertainer in a most spectacular setting, but also has approved plans to subdivide, if so desired.
Whether you choose to maintain the existing house as it stands now on this very large 1745m2 landholding, subdivide and sell the proposed 850m2 Lot 2, or build on the new allotment with its very wide frontage (approved house plans available for your perusal,) this is an exciting proposition that cannot be ignored. The current residence would remain on a very sizeable 895m2, whilst retaining its fine qualities of seclusion and grandeur.
Whatever you decide, the superb location and pleasing street appeal with white picket fence and manicured hedges will immediately charm. Sublimely tranquil and private, the home’s vast outdoor living areas have been designed to take in restful views through the treed canopy to the shaded subtropical gardens below, while also managing to capture the soothing sounds emanating from the gently flowing stream in the adjoining Toowong Creek reserve.
The original dwelling possesses the magnificent period features that you would expect in a home of this era, from the elevated, wide wraparound verandahs framed with ornate lacework, to the traditional interiors with their soaring 3.3 metre ceilings and beautifully polished hoop pine floorboards.
Freshly repainted and rejuvenated throughout with craftsman like attention to detail, both internal and external surfaces will continue to present and function well in the years to come. Plentiful windows and glass door openings fill all rooms with abundant natural light and ventilation, perfect for Brisbane’s climate.
Upon entry, the classic central hallway leads past two wonderfully large bedrooms, each with French doors granting direct verandah access. The master bedroom features a very large walk-in robe and luxurious ensuite with marble topped washstand and walk in shower, while the federation styled family bathroom with claw foot bath and separate toilet services the other bedroom and provides convenient guest amenities to this level.
As you continue, the hall opens to exquisite formal living rooms, with a fireside lounge seating area to your left and separate dining to the right. The working log-burning fireplace sits within an elegant, original dark timbered mantel and radiates immense warmth and comfort for those cool winter evenings and early mornings.
An extension that’s considered aim has been to effortlessly connect with and complement the Queenslander style, has delivered flawlessly. Two enormous spotted gum decks and incredibly spacious and refined living and accommodation areas grace both floors of this residence. Ideal when hosting formal dinner parties, family events and posing especially fitting levels of separation when the teenagers want to have their friends over and you wish to maintain your peace and privacy, these versatile spaces will readily adapt to changing needs.
At the heart of the home, the chef’s kitchen and adjoining breakfast room is an inviting open casual meals area that welcomes all to gather, talk and prepare food together. Connected seamlessly to the upper-level deck, this light filled space boasts a 1200mm Ilve double oven gas cooker featuring an electric BBQ grill and twin rotisseries, a Bosch dishwasher and an abundance of practical storage, with glossy black granite work surfaces set atop soft cream cabinetry.
Descend the cascading timber staircase with creek views to the lower level, past tallowwoods, brushbox and myrtles, where the dancefloor sized second deck makes an impression with dimensions of approximately 50 square metres. A porcelain tiled rumpus/games or media area and living room with Jetmaster wood burning fireplace, provide wonderful multi-purpose entertainment zones that have lush garden and lawn views.
With two further enormous and very private bedrooms plus an office contained within this stylish ground floor addition, there are options to create a true teenager’s retreat, guest accommodation with garden outlook or to develop a designated work from home space that could potentially have its own exclusive entrance.
There is a modern bathroom on this level, plenty of storage and an under-stair cupboard to provide naturally cooled wine cellaring. The large laundry opens out to a high walled drying court and services corridor that links to connecting pathways that surround the home. Instantaneous gas hot water, a 3000 litre rainwater tank for garden use, designer ceiling fans and a 3 zone ducted air conditioning system that is rarely used due to the pleasant leafy environs, provide reduced living costs.
With a double garage and workshop area, off-street parking and dual side gate access to the very large yard, families with multiple cars will be well catered for. The home may be entered either via the garage or by the front staircase, both having Ness security panels and key fob alarm deactivation.
As you walk around the fenced grounds, you will realise just how special and unique this property is. A bridge over the picturesque Toowong creek at the end of this dead-end street leads to the family friendly Gower Street Park and playground, while Anzac Park’s expansive green spaces, dog park and walkover bridge to the Brisbane Botanic Gardens are only a short distance away.
Toowong delivers the utmost convenience, whether commuting into the CBD or to the outer western suburbs, traversing the city to the Brisbane Airport or heading over to QPAC for a mid-week show. This ultra-quiet pocket is only 5 minutes from Toowong Village, 8 minutes from Indooroopilly Shopping Centre and has a choice of highly regarded private and state schools situated within a 10 minute radius.