Auction Location: On-Site.
Be drawn to the prominence of this prestige hillside location, the outstanding Brisbane River views, and breezes. Discover beautifully crafted, classic c.1937 Georgian architecture and the most exquisite redesign and renovation delivering refined, luxury interiors, Palm Springs resort inspired family living and entertaining elegance. Showcasing an opulent master suite with river facing balcony, graceful, formal living rooms, light-filled informal areas and relaxed outdoor spaces that look across the soft aqua pool and its breathtaking, poolside terrace reminiscent of cool, white sand, this home sets a standard rarely seen.
Positioned upon a near, one-quarter acre, this stately residence and its 2020 completed reimagining, sees tradition correspond with contemporary with a flawless continuity. French Oak and marble floors, French doors and Juliet balconies, artisan made Tiles of Ezra and naturally formed quartzite and marble countertop surfaces combine to produce sumptuous finishes that are timeless, durable and a joy to behold. European crystal chandeliers, designer drum shade pendants and detailed wall sconces captivate and charm.
One of the first residences built into Hamilton Hill, this home was constructed for Sir Edward Cullen, a prominent engineer whose work transformed the then shallow Brisbane River into a useable channel of some 22km long, culminating in the development of the deep-water port at Hamilton, a vital link for Queensland’s capital.
The current owners, only the home’s third, have undertaken an extensive reimagining of the original structure and previous addition, extending living spaces and incorporating exquisite finishes and bespoke inclusions into the design. Completed in 2020, the result is truly exceptional.
From the cobblestone courtyard with its craftsman made fountain, hand forged wrought iron gates define the entry to the residence. Laid in a herringbone pattern, light French Oak floors flow through the foyer and formal areas, the enormous living room complete with classic, ornate cornices, wide Jetmaster gas fireplace, marble mantle and granite hearth. Bifold doors open to a stunning arch edged drinks terrace. Hosting a banquet in the dining room will be an event to look forward to. With a view towards the pool, the room can accommodate a 12-seater table and may be closed off entirely by French doors.
A stylish, glass edged cocktail bar sits to your left, tempting you to enjoy a pre-dinner aperitif while you contemplate the menu. Step through to the central, open casual living areas with mudroom storage cabinetry design, voluminous 3.3m high ceilings and smooth, white marble floors, and marvel at the sparkling pool below.
Creating quite the statement, a 4.1m long island topped with 60mm thick quartzite, distinguishes the kitchen; its white farmhouse sink and satin stainless tapware replicating the finish and the iconic style of the integrated, double door Sub-Zero fridge/freezer and sophisticated Wolf dual-fuel cooker with teppanyaki plate. Four square skylights and clear glass pendants above allow a brilliant illumination of cooking and serving spaces, while the Quasair concealed rangehood, utensil and recipe book niches and glass display cabinets appliance-side offer practical, stylised storage.
Essential to any high-end kitchen layout is the butler’s pantry; this one has dual access, also leading into the well-equipped laundry. Worktop surfaces in marble, soft grey wall tiles, an abundance of white shaker style doors and drawers and clever LED lighting inclusions, reinforce the commitment to maintaining these upscale, designer finishes and quality fittings throughout the whole of the residence. Appliance areas, a second, plumbed in fridge and additional fully integrated Miele dishwasher add to the purposefulness of the butler’s pantry.
Stacker doors open to the outdoor entertaining area, an elevated, semi-enclosed terrace with restful pool views and relaxed, softly lit ambience, a built-in marble topped kitchen and integrated BBQ. Archways that reflect the Georgian influence can be seen edging this outdoor terrace, appearing intermittently to remind you of the home’s heritage. On this level, pass through a narrow arch to the services corridor where tiled paths lead past a fragrant herb garden.
Glass balustrades edged in highly polished stainless-steel direct you down the outdoor steps and onto the pool level; an easily cared for, small lawn area providing softness and contrast. This luxury resort inspired area glistens with its enormous, refinished 155,000 litre pool with beach entry, 8 king-single sized day beds, shade umbrellas and exclusive cabana, with soft, sheer white drapes enclosing to offer an intimate, reading and conversation zone away from the main house. An outdoor shower in brass and a generous pool user’s powder room enhances amenity.
The desired Queensland lifestyle has been perfectly executed.
With a bespoke, marble desk and bookcase design built into the front courtyard facing office, a private and quiet work environment has been created. There is an adjacent powder room for convenience plus an additional, generously proportioned powder and guest amenity to service the central living areas.
Bedrooms are all located on the top floor, well-spaced and exude an abundance of luxury and style and are beautifully decorated and embellished to suit the theme. A turned handrail fashioned from solid timber winds its way upstairs, with plush, SmartStrand carpet in soft taupe underfoot, adorning the floors to the luxurious master suite, rumpus, games and media area plus three further bedrooms including private guest accommodation.
Pull back the dual drapes in the master suite to reveal a marble tiled terrace, where French doors and Juliet balconies are edged in wrought iron. Spectacular is how best to describe this room, this comfort, this view. Breezes fill the room as you take in the sights of Portside and the deep stretch of river leading to the Gateway Bridge. Custom dressing room inclusions feature soft ambient lighting inside robes, mirrored and solid door fronts, drawer storage for shoes, elongated window seat and a marble topped dressing table and makeup area. A white claw foot bath sits against a Tiles of Ezra tiled wall, with ornate, pineapple design lighting sconces and an oversized shower enclosure. Antique silver tapware finishes in handle and spout design continue throughout, preserving the traditional styling.
Bedroom two is exceedingly spacious and grand, with desk and lounge area, white plantation shutters and taking in river vistas. The third bedroom features a separate study area and is decorated in a feminine style, with bespoke cabinetry and Juliet balconies. The guest suite with walk in robe and ensuite tiled in a soft shades of mint, is a private, quietly located room beside the rumpus and media lounge. A family bathroom provides equally impressive amenities for those residing in this area of the home.
Garaging for three vehicles plus parking for another four off-street is provided. Dedicated storage areas, electronics, pool equipment and the water tank for garden irrigation are all hidden discreetly away. A back to base alarm system is combined with automated camera detection at each corner of the house, offering smart phone security viewing when you are away.
The location is near to boutique shopping and dining along Racecourse Road and Portside, with easy connections to the Gateway Motorway and the inner city. With prestigious private schools and the highly regarded Ascot State School close by, families with school aged children will be delighted by the convenience.
A reward for your accomplishments is here at 84 Markwell Street.