Prestigious Chelmer, Georgian-inspired grandeur. This finely detailed, Cottee Parker designed brick and sandstone residence completed in 1992 is presented to the market for the first time in 30 years.
Captivating, unique and set on an enormous 1571m2 landholding with approximately 21 metres of absolute river frontage, this three-level home features classically styled formal rooms with high ceilings, chandeliers and a fireplace, a self-contained accommodation suite and river-facing verandahs from which to enjoy the spectacular views. Freshly repainted and move-in ready, this versatile family residence has a wine cellaring storage room and pontoon development approval.
With a grand entrance foyer and ornately defined living areas, oversized bedrooms with brand-new carpets and a media lounge with kitchenette, this stately home offers great flexibility for families and a choice of indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces. Positioned in a quiet, riverfront locale, the exclusivity of tree-lined Morley Street is shared by very few properties.
The residence, whilst modern, radiates with the charm of earlier times. It was the owner’s travels through Tasmania and her visits to well-known historic homes there that inspired her to replicate the Georgian-influenced symmetry of ‘Franklin House’, situated south of Launceston, upon this riverfront site in Chelmer. Collaborating with architect Rob Cottee, the dream was conceptualised and delivered using exemplary construction methods and design inclusions that captured the Georgian essence.
Interiors are rich with marble detailing, dark timber colonial-style windows and French doors, Tasmanian Oak kitchen and laundry cabinetry, limewash-finished hardwood floors and solid, pink-hued granite surfaces that take cues from the mountainous peaks appearing along the Freycinet Peninsula.
Wide verandahs are positioned riverside on all three levels, with each bedroom having either direct access or its own private, elevated balcony. Each of the built-in rooms has a unique outlook, with the master suite having grand proportions, a walk-in-robe and a shared, spa bathroom. Additional bathroom amenities and powder rooms are provided throughout for family and guest convenience.
A timber wraparound staircase connects all levels. Set into the gently sloping allotment, the lower ground floor offers a fully self-contained suite to accommodate visiting guests, adult children or elderly relatives, posing as an ideal rentable, income-producing opportunity.
Freshly renovated with brand-new inclusions, the private, naturally cool interiors feature living areas that open onto a garden terrace, a bathroom, a kitchenette and a built-in bedroom. Enclosed storage at the rear is ideal for use as a large-capacity wine cellar.
With the house set back from the street and a separate, two-car garage and sandstone paved courtyard positioned on the right-side boundary, there is potential to further landscape and beautify the property by planting formal gardens. From the verandahs, enjoy views up and down the river and see the Brisbane River Cruise ferry as it passes by en route to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.
Vehicle-width clearance offers fantastic access to the backyard should you wish to put in a pool or tennis court (STCA), launch a jet-ski or store a trailer. Opportunities may exist in time to subdivide and redevelop this large allotment under a successful development application.
Chelmer, at 7km from the CBD, is a quiet and leafy, blue-chip locale that is home to some of Brisbane’s finest residences, with lifestyle of paramount importance to those who live here. Parks and sporting fields, nearby schools, Graceville’s cafés, cinemas and the Brisbane River Loop cycleway are easily accessed, with this property situated only a 10-minute walk from Chelmer Station. The retail stores, supermarkets and dining establishments of Indooroopilly Shopping Centre are a 5-minute drive away.
Families with children at school or university will love the proximity this address provides to quality education, with the catchment schools of Graceville State School and Indooroopilly State High School, and private institutions of St. Peter’s Lutheran College, Ambrose Treacy College and St. Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School all within approximately a 7-minute drive. The University of Queensland is less than 6km away.