Stately Character Residence In One Of Ascot's Finest Streets
78 Towers Street, Ascot QLD 4007
SOLD PRIOR TO AUCTION
With style and charm, this 1939-built Mediterranean-inspired residence sits prominently across an elevated, manicured landholding in a location prized for its exclusivity and proximity to leading schools. Designed by prolific, heritage-recognised architect Horace Driver, the double-storey cavity brick construction features formal living rooms, solid oak joinery, crystal chandeliers and a northeast-facing, private garden terrace with a tiled inground pool. Held and treasured by the same owners for the past 29 years, this classic home, with exciting renovation potential, offers families an unmissable acquisition opportunity in a prestigious setting.
Boasting light-filled interiors and the addition of modern appointments undertaken through the years, this imposing interwar residence, largely in its original form, retains much of the traditional character of its day. Miele appliances dominate the kitchen, there is ample built-in storage, an office and a games or media room and a secure, high-walled level yard with off-street parking for multiple vehicles.
Consider the opportunities available to extend the existing floorplan, reconfigure the layout to suit and comprehensively renovate to create your forever home (STCA.) In a premier suburb that affirms prestige and standing, the possibilities and potential for added reward are endless.
Featured in The Sunday Mail late in 1939, the then brand-new house was showcased, highlighting its Mediterranean-influenced rough cast face rendering, the russet-red brick windowsills and terracotta-tiled roof, the covered portico and arched, solid wood front door. A curved low brick wall that traces the edge of the raised front terrace was once adorned with a host of pots filled with flowering annuals that made the address known as ‘The place where the beautiful flowers are.’
Living areas can be found on the ground level, with the spacious, cream-carpeted formal lounge separated from the hall by a silky oak-framed leadlight door. Polished timber floors can be found within the formal dining area, which lies adjacent and the casual family rumpus. This generously sized room, opening to the private rear yard, poses potential as a guest suite or teenager’s retreat, having convenient bathroom amenities nearby.
Descend a few steps to the light travertine tiled sun terrace, a much-loved outdoor retreat and entertaining space that has seen many gatherings throughout the years. With the perfect aspect delivering morning sun and afternoon shade, the new owner may choose to explore a range of possibilities to further enlarge and enhance this captivating spot by redesigning and constructing a stylish entertaining destination from which to host special celebrations, children’s parties and seasonal events.
This protected, private area currently has a fixed, heavy-duty shade umbrella for comfortable alfresco dining, with the blissful garden surroundings featuring mature frangipanis, tall hedges and lush lawns. Frameless glass pool fencing allows a view of the water as you dine, converse and relax. The rectangular-shaped saltwater pool has been fully tiled, adding to its sophisticated appeal. Pool equipment is hidden away, and gardens are automatically irrigated.
Considering passive warmth and cooling at the time of construction, solid brick internal walls feature elevated terracotta air vents, while the original working open fireplace and well-placed window and French door openings capture solar heat gain and maximise the naturally occurring north-south cross-ventilation. Split system air-conditioners feature additionally, as do plantation shutters and custom-designed sheer and block-out drapes with fabric pelmets.
A versatile family meals or breakfast room sits next to the garden-facing modern kitchen. A large walk-in pantry includes loads of integrated storage and display cabinetry in a classic ivory finish. Incorporated into the exclusively Miele layout are a stainless-steel gas cooktop, a multi-function wall oven, a built-in microwave and a semi-integrated dishwasher.
The solid oak balustrading of the internal staircase leads past ripple glass leadlight windows to the upper floor’s bedrooms, all of which are built-in, a study nook and the family bathroom. With angled ceilings and stepped entrances, pool views and the brilliant northerly aspect that can be enjoyed across the rear of the home, the light, breezes and elevation will delight.
At one end, the main bedroom has his and her floor-to-ceiling wardrobes and an upholstered window seat, at the other, a dressing room and private office space with a custom-built seated make-up table or desktop and storage.
Alternatively, the large, tiled office on the ground level between the double garage and the laundry offers air-conditioned comfort for those who work from or create at, home. Paved pathways and the curved driveway emphasise the classic white and red clay theme, there are established street trees and a tall leopard tree in the front yard, a remote-controlled gate, sensor lights and an alarm for added security.
Situated within the most exclusive of locations, this double lot-width allotment totalling 810m2 is surrounded by other exceptional residences on generously sized landholdings, something which blue-chip Ascot is known and loved for. Less than 6km from the heart of Brisbane City, convenience and lifestyle go hand in hand.
Offering outstanding walkability, this address is situated approximately a 4-minute walk from the highly regarded Ascot State School and 7 minutes from St. Margaret’s Anglican Girls School. It is also only a 5–7-minute walk in the opposite direction to beautiful Oriel Park, Swalk Café, The Flower Man and Oriel Markets.
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