Situated right on the Brisbane River, this charming, fully renovated Ashgrovian exudes class, relaxed style and warmth that can only be achieved through years of being a much loved family home. Raised and extended four years ago under the guidance of architect Henk Mulder (Mulder and Kennedy), the brief was to create a house that was timeless and stylish yet felt like the family was at the beach. This has certainly been achieved through using glass, timber and wide, open spaces as well as atmospheric lighting, elegant finishes and plentiful wall niches for displaying artwork. Colour has also been used to great effect with splashes of red giving the home character and pizzazz without detracting from the overall style and merges the old with the new so that the house flows over two generous levels with the pool and river used as focal features throughout.
Upstairs, the three children’s rooms are separated from the main suite by a large library/music room/study that has enough nooks and private sitting areas to effectively allow the whole family to pursue individual pastimes while all being in the same area. There is a secondary rumpus room with private access, making it ideal for guests or teenagers. The master suite is a purely adult zone with ensuite, dual walk-in wardrobes and balcony that allows for viewing along both reaches of the river and over the Eleanor Schonell Bridge.
Downstairs is dedicated solely to lifestyle, with an open plan layout allowing for the kitchen to interact easily with the covered alfresco entertainment terrace, TV area, dining space and lounge. The kitchen is brilliantly functional and user-friendly with sprawling stone benches, stainless steel, European appliances, cream cabinetry, large floor to ceiling pantry and island bench. There is also security, an intercom, vast amounts of storage, air-conditioning, ducted music, two studio/workshop spaces, two water tanks and a dual car garage.
Outside, the home has been surrounded by low-maintenance gardens with the exception of a pair of massive mango trees out the front that in many ways are quite symbolic of the whole property. For starters, they represent the home’s 60-something year history and are just so quintessentially Queensland. Then they have such a majestic presence and finally, they are reminiscent of childhoods spent swinging from branches, running beneath leafy canopies and having mango juice run down arms – just what this home is all about really.