Auction Location: On-Site.
A chapter of history rests here at Taringa in this traditional and timelessly classic c. 1893 residence. With a stately appearance typical of a grand, bygone era, Darvall House stands in a premier location accompanied by other fine, character-filled properties. From the magnificent rear deck that spans the full width of the home, to the elegantly restored original interiors, this beautiful Queenslander has been transformed stylishly into the 21st century.
Formal front pillars, manicured hedges of Murraya, ornamental frangipanis and steps of sandstone lead to the home’s central entrance, where wide bullnose verandahs surround and shelter the interiors, framed by wrought iron lacework balustrades.
There is a level of wonder experienced when you step inside a house with a past, and this over 130 year-old home with its majestic living and sitting room with bay window, cast iron open fireplace set within original bricked surround and pendant lights hanging from decorative ceiling roses, is no exception.
Taking great care to preserve and showcase the home’s colonial origins and ornate features, dark stained wooden floors throughout contrast spectacularly with the brilliant white VJ lined walls and soaring 4m high ceilings. Polished brass electrical switches and cabinet fittings, wide skirtings, impressive arched room dividers, French doors, timber interior trims and original sash windows feature, reliving the grandeur of yesteryear.
Follow the hallway, under archways and past door openings with glass fanlights, to the kitchen and casual family living areas. Set upon the kitchen facing hearth of the dual sided brick fireplace, two matt-black and brass Ilve Nostalgie 90cm ovens replicate the look of times past, while utilising modern cooking technology.
A complementary Ilve five burner gas hob rests within a black granite topped island servery, while another elongated granite work surface with white cabinetry sits along the edge of the kitchen, housing a Bosch dishwasher and Vintec wine fridge, an expanse of casement windows and direct verandah access allowing bright natural light to fill the space.
Open family living and dining areas spread across the rear of the home. This spacious area spills out to the enormous, covered deck; the entertainer’s dream location to host an alfresco dinner party, somewhere to lounge around and chat over a glass of wine, and a wonderfully practical outdoor family room for all. The views and breezes that this area and its aspect enjoys are spectacular; the morning sun at breakfast, cool and shaded in the afternoon.
Truly beautiful and spacious, the master bedroom reflects the period styling of the formal living area, with bay window and French door openings looking out to the verandah and formal garden beyond. A wall of built-in white cabinetry reaches to ceiling height and an elegant ensuite with traditionally styled fixtures and clad in dark green marble adds a rich colour contrast.
The main bathroom again features a complement of marble, both green and soft grey, and a claw foot bath with brass tapware, shower rail and matching design elements. Two additional king-sized bedrooms are bathed in warmth from their northern aspect and open, via French doors, to either the deck or wraparound verandah. Ducted air conditioning maximises living comfort and a solar energy system has been installed.
Internal stairs with colonial balusters descend to the lower level, laundry and secure double garage. Ample storage areas can be found throughout the home, solid timber shelving found in the large pantry with latticed door, linen and general storage areas hidden cleverly behind the VJ walls. The continuation of brass, dark floors and warm timber doors and architraves, rustic brickwork and crisp white tones, brings a connectedness to the interiors.
Perched upon a near ¼ acre L-shaped allotment with elevated treetop and district views, the terraced backyard provides plenty of space to enjoy the outdoors, whether growing your own veggies, watching the children play in the cubby house, or simply resting under the tall jacarandas and poincianas. Side access is available to the rear of the block should installation of a pool be considered in the future.
The location is one of distinction and the residence is highly desirable for families and professionals, with St. Peters Lutheran and Brigidine Colleges, and Indooroopilly SHS a short walk away. Convenient local shopping at Gailey Road plus the convenience of Indooroopilly Shopping Centre places this home central to amenities, and with the St Lucia Golf Links less than 1km away, the Hundred Acre Bar is a perfect place to catch up with friends.