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A glimpse into Brisbane’s history stands within the walls of this stately c. 1888 residence, one of St. Lucia’s first and finest homes. With a dignified presence, the collaboration between the owners and eminent architect Elizabeth Watson-Brown, has shaped a vision that has resulted in a considered renovation and extension that beautifully correlates with, and respects, the original structure and grounds upon which it sits.
Exemplary restoration and levels of craftsmanship at the hands of master builder Rob Hogerheyde and his team, have brought about remarkable spaces that visually flow, subtly relate and breathe. Interiors are filled with warmth and versatility in abundance, and a tangible connectedness to the outdoors has provided places for private reflection and relaxation, and areas capable of hosting the grandest of occasions.
This country homestead in the city is the quintessence of Queensland family living. Possessing the most desirable north-east aspect and capturing mesmerising views across manicured, contoured terraces and 22 metre pool towards the city’s lights, know that this enchanting property is one to hold on to.
Secure, secluded and set high upon a very large 1419m2 hill-side allotment, formal hedges, elegant roses and pastel plantings dominate and grace the front elevation of this stately Queenslander. A garden room that is set to one side, nestles into its surrounding environs while offering a congruence to the heart of the home. Featuring two flowing timber-decked levels that offer an intimate fireside terrace and barbeque, dining and conversation area, this all-weather space adapts with ease to a family’s needs and the changing seasons.
A traditional central staircase leads to the main living level, with welcoming wide verandahs wrapping around four sides of the residence dressed in expertly engineered robust, gloss-finished timbers and uncomplicated dowel balustrades. As sunlight moves across the house during the day, rooms and outdoor spaces are gently filled with natural light and cooling breezes. Due to good design, high ceilings and brilliant cross flow ventilation, maintaining comfortable temperatures has almost entirely negated the need for the fully ducted air-conditioning system.
This home is versatile and responsive to those who live here. Zones within are connected yet separate, modern blends beautifully with the old and gardens, illuminated in the evenings, appear as an encompassing, ever-changing backdrop, wherever you look.
Polished hoop pine floors draw the eye throughout, where decorative, traditional features merge with striking vertical timber screens. Offering beautiful, formal living in a luxurious setting, the parents’ lounge is resplendent with high ceilings, French doors that open to the north-east corner of the home and one aspect of the original dual sided fireplace with its elegant, white marble hearth.
A library and alternate intimate dining room rests on the opposite side of the fireplace, its hearth, a marble the shade of mocha. Dark, moody walls and extensive bookcase joinery reach to the ceiling, creating a space that is both masculine and spectacularly contrasting.
Whether cooking for two, the whole family or when entertaining friends, the high-end chef’s kitchen adjoining the morning-tea sitting area and conservatory styled dining room with window seat, cannot help but inspire and impress.
Dual Gaggenau ovens and gas and induction cooktop sit within upscale dark woodgrain cabinetry and mocha marble. A clear glass splashback provides a view to the internal stairwell, maintaining an important connection to family inhabiting the lower level of the home.
Marble in white and the softest grey hues adorn the freestanding kitchen island; providing a spot to catch up while cooking together and a sumptuous surface from which to serve. Fully integrated double door refrigerators and freezer are hidden from view, while the walkthrough butler’s pantry houses everyday appliances for their ready use, together with a second dishwasher.
A multi-purpose, functional utility area set behind the kitchen, cleverly blurs the line between the interior and exterior of the home without you even realising. Laundry facilities that are spacious and very well equipped and a luxurious guest bathroom, are situated along the edge of the hallway, a carport just outside.
The extension added to the original home affords a seamless transition from this early exposed frame colonial to an expression not unlike an outback homestead, complete with high pitched, split roofline and rooms akin to early shearers’ quarters. Although this section is attached via an elongated timber and glass walkway, the accommodation areas are ultimately private.
Deep overhangs offer protection from the elements while allowing the morning sun to filter in, announcing the day. Enormous sliding doors move as required and open to a central courtyard with a modern landscape edge and Zen-like feel. Below the surface, a 50,000 litre submerged rainwater tank collects rainfall and provides irrigation for the entire property.
With a master retreat that is, by all measure, luxurious and indulgent, this richly textured room features plush, deep grey shag pile carpet, a romantic fireplace and an upholstered bench sitting area that looks out across the courtyard. Shutters close off the intimate bedroom space but can be opened fully to induce a feeling of camping out under the stars, miles from anywhere.
Beautiful, built-in cabinetry to the dressing room allows an enormous amount of functional storage, as does the ensuite, with dressing table and makeup area and dual vanities for his and hers convenience. Absolutely private and totally relaxing, the stunning black mosaic finished sunken bath and rain shower allows tranquil views outside to a brick walled courtyard with pond, and upwards to the sky.
Three additional spacious, ultra-modern bedrooms with barn door closures explore the soaring ceiling height, each with their own loft that makes you feel as if you are high in the treetops. Providing creative corners for children and quiet study zones for teens and young adults, these elevated spaces are both functional and fun. A family bathroom with separate facilities services these rooms.
The ground level living areas are supremely versatile and can be configured to suit a business, older children living at home and ageing parents, with a private accommodation suite and kitchenette. Younger and teenage children will be entertained within this easy-care rumpus, media and games room and outside on the covered terrace and lawns. A bathroom and powder room with wet area entry offers a level of amenity that is practical for pool users.
The oversized double garage will house two large cars, and the vast amount of wraparound weatherproof storage on this level will astound. There are many superbly functioning inclusions and an abundance of clever features that have been factored into this residence’s design, including automatic, climate-controlled wine cellaring.
Advanced audio and security technology features have been installed throughout the home, in keeping with the expectations of today. High end, dynamic surround sound systems have been installed in both the upper level formal parents’ retreat and the media room on the lower level. A state-of-the-art security system with multiple CCTV cameras provides vision of all areas of the property to protect and reassure and can be managed and monitored from anywhere in the world via smartphone.
Beautifully connected, this family home provides comfortable places that will encourage individuals to come together to talk, dine, play and laugh. The vision and desired effect to create a home that inspires and harmonises with its surroundings and one that is purposeful and nurturing to the soul, has been realised without compromise.
Situated a 10 minute walk away from the University of Queensland, with its John Oxley River Walk and array of excellent sporting facilities, and only 3km from the CBD, this residence meets a level of amenity and coveted family liveability that is rarely presented to the market.