Auction Location: On-Site
Influenced by the iconic style of revered American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, this substantial residence with its flowing, functional design is positioned upon a significant, elevated 1123m2 allotment within the prestigious Enderley Road Heritage Precinct. Elegant and private, the contemporary upper-level comprises a library adorned in Queensland Walnut, executive office and king master suite and captures breathtaking vistas to the Port of Brisbane and Moreton Island’s sandhills. An exceptionally rare opportunity exists to remove the present home, if so desired, and construct your own landmark worthy of this prized location.
Standing in the company of fine, historically notable residences, this cherished family home situated within Clayfield’s finest tree-lined street is offered for sale for the first time in over fifty years, having been completed for its current owners in 1969.
Quietly set back from the road, the wide 25 metre frontage is framed by the heritage-listed brick, sandstone and cast-iron pillar and chain wall that formed part of the original landholding of the adjoining ‘Linstarfield.’ With an inground saltwater pool, concreted driveway areas for children to ride their bikes or play basketball on and a level lawn for picnics, the low maintenance, though over one-quarter of an acre, grounds, speak of less complicated times.
The simplistic, thermally efficient architectural principles employed suit the Brisbane climate perfectly. With an emphasis on the use of natural materials and expert craftsmanship, this north-south oriented design experiences cooling breezes and is passively awash with light; the same-height, horizontal expanses of glass in keeping with Lloyd Wright’s acclaimed Prairie style architecture.
Ground level living spaces are generous and remain connected to the outdoors wherever you are, with deep overhangs offering protection from the elements allowing the banks of windows to remain open in all weather. Cavity brick construction, a terracotta roof, durable tiled interiors and outdoor areas and rare, now unobtainable timbers feature with purpose and style throughout, rich with both character and colour.
An eye-catching central post and beam ceiling to the entry, formal living and dining room is constructed in Oregon Pine, while Western Red and Brazilian Cedars add warmth and a defined homeliness to the banquet sized, eat-in kitchen with Gaggenau appliances. A breezeway links living with the three bedrooms and utility areas on this level, with the deck outside a welcome suntrap on winter’s mornings.
Handcrafted from specially retained Blackbutt, a staircase leads through an elevated void of glass and light to the stunning, uppermost level, a collaboration between owner and architect Derek Trebilcock, added some fifteen years ago. Designed to be fully self-contained and, if chosen, completely separated from the main home, this clever and stylish expansion of living space capitalises on the spectacular views that beckon, across the leafy district to the airport, port, bay and beyond.
Complementary finishes and timeless colours of taupe, white and earthy browns grace this more modern level, with privacy inducing, Japanese inspired cavity sliding doors, a nod to the admiration Frank Lloyd Weber had of the country, its culture and art. North facing, the grand library is resplendent with custom designed Queensland Walnut joinery and cabinetry made by acclaimed Brisbane furniture maker and wood craftsman, Robert Dunlop. A deep, corded velvet covered window seat with storage under stretches the width of this luxurious room offering a place to read, relax and reflect that you will find very hard to leave.
An executive office adjoins with the same extraordinary outlook, again with an unwavering attention to detail providing a bespoke wraparound desk, cabinetry and bookshelf design that is supremely functional.
The master suite is a lavish, airy, king-sized accommodation suite with windows on three sides, its light-filled corner position taking in north, eastern and southerly vistas over the lawn and majestic street trees. Featuring the same walnut timber as is displayed in the library, there is a sitting area and window seat storage, floor to ceiling built-in robes with pull down wardrobe lift and a designer ensuite with traditional claw foot bath that is big on style and practicality. A two-way powder room services the office and library while the integrated kitchenette and wet bar offers convenience without needing to venture downstairs.
On the ground level, the three further bedrooms and bathrooms offer generous levels of space and privacy, with the home’s original master suite complete with a dressing area and ensuite featuring exquisite dark green marble tiles to the shower. An enormous twin bed room that could adapt easily to a family games area, has a walk through wardrobe and access to a two-way bathroom. The third bedroom is situated between the two and is near to the family bathroom with a handcrafted leadlight window feature and claw foot bath. All areas of the home are air-conditioned, with ceiling fans also included in bedrooms.
There is plenty of hidden storage located throughout the home, a separate garage building to house three cars, plus turnaround areas and additional parking for multiple vehicles within the property’s boundaries. A water bore was drilled some years ago to provide garden irrigation in times of drought. A row of assorted frangipanis lines the eastern side, while tall, mature murrayas planted upon the western neighbouring allotment ensure privacy.
This exclusive location is steeped in history and the grandeur of times past, with gracious, well-designed and stately residences set amidst manicured gardens. Street trees, many of which are over 100 years old include jacarandas, poincianas and a weeping fig, forming a canopy above the footpath. Only steps from St. Rita’s College, this home sits within the prized catchment for Ascot State School, is near to several other high performing private schools, boutique shopping and less than 7km from both the CBD and Brisbane Airport.