Monday, October 25, 2010

A Local Beauty


Remember this beautiful old place? ... which I pass on my morning walks?... the one that has the pup waiting at the gate for me each morning, ball in mouth, ready to play .... well she's for sale (the house... not the dog).

The back of the property - the little studio and garage.

I have had the pleasure of getting to know the owners over the past few months. I stopped to chat one morning, when the owner was working in his garage. That's it (the garage) on the right...at the back of the property... with 2 street access... the only garage I have ever met that has it's own balcony with a view! I was curious as to why/how that incongruous creation in the middle of the picture came to be (across the road from the property) in an area steeped in history and saturated in heritage architecture... so we chatted.... and chatted.

I was given the grand tour, stayed for hours, inhaled the history, not only of the house but the neighbourhood as well. The owners know the area so well, have lived here for some years and have lovingly restored this home over that time. I would often walk past and see the lady of the house balanced precariously on a ladder on the upstairs verandah, trying to paint an out of reach shutter... I would hold my breath. Built in the mid 1800's, it was originally a 'gentleman's residence' and has had various incarnations throughout the years...apparently having a 'colourful purpose' during the war. 

That little building, to the left of the photo above, was part of the stables. Next door (now subdivided) was the tennis court. Half of the tennis house is still standing in someone elses back yard... used as a garden shed.


She stands so majestically on the street (which originally was the cart track leading to the house... back in the days), proudly hinting at her history. My big son and I attended the open for inspection on the weekend. It was very quiet. She commanded respect and I think people sensed it. We wafted from room to room, drank it all in.... she's just beautiful. You can see more of her HERE
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24 comments:

  1. So did you sign a contract ;-)

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  2. What a great home. Location, location as well. x

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  3. Absolutely stunning! What stories those walls could tell.... ;)Sharyne

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  4. Just gorgeous, though I'm getting over the federation colours, preferring the more "Hampton" look.

    Such a grand lady, but looking a little hemmed in from all sides. So sad.

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  5. Just gorgeous. Imagine what you could do with this place ; )

    Alcira

    thenerochronicles.blogspot.com

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  6. Lucky that you got to stay and visit!

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  7. Lovely, so when do you move in???

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  8. A definite Brisbane beauty, wish there was more of them preserved for all to enjoy.

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  9. What a beautiful home with such an interesting past - must have been lovely to walk through it soaking all that loveliness in :)

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  10. The house looks nice from the front but is that a sandstone wall they/someone has painted?

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  11. I get the feeling a grand home like this has to be seen in person to be truly appreciated, looks lovely in your pics too, but I bet in person it's awesome!!

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  12. Loads of potential here A-M, but remember, no falling for ANYTHIING that needs work! You need to throw yourself into a new build girl.
    Millie ^_^

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  13. What a beautiful home...they truly don't make things like that anymore. And the history it has and the fact it is still standing is a testament to being built right if you ask me.

    So I'm intrigued...would you consider buying it?

    Andrea

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  14. Wow, what a lovely home! The landscaping is spectacular, and there's so much warmth inside with with all the great wood. Love the little window above the tub.

    Kelly

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  15. Oooh..lovely - thanks for sharing. You and I are alike - nattering over the fence on daily walk!

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  16. Very majestic and so much history! Moved in yet? Jane @ the girl in the brick house.

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  17. But A-M....this is your house!!don't be so stubborn..this grand old lady has been winking at you from that first day you walked past her...xo Colette

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  18. I love a house with a history. How fortunate to be able to chat with the owners and get to know the place.

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  19. What a stunning house. Are you sure you want to build again? This house is so perfect:)

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  20. A-M

    Thanks for sharing with us. This house is amazing and the grounds are wonderful too. If I had the money I'd buy it. I think it will be snapped up in no time.

    All things nice...

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  21. Nice photos - they have an HDR feel to them. I assume you shot these yourself?

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  22. Oh no Richard, flogged them off the owners. I wish! A-m xx

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  23. I used to live in West End, back in the early - mid 90's pre marriage and children, in Whynot St (isn't that the best name?). I used to walk around the neighbourhood, enjoying all the local architecture just as you are doing now with your boys. I remember this house, and still love it.

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

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Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave me a comment. I love hearing from you. A-M xx