With a perfect north-east aspect and panoramic views taking in the surrounding mountains, Port of Brisbane and the CBD, 'Illalangi' (the house on the hill) is without doubt one of "Brisbane's Finest Homes". The owners are frequently asked by people who stop to admire its majestic beauty whether it is listed by the National Trust, only to be told that it was built from the ground up and finished in 2008.
Created out of a love of Australia's authentic heritage buildings and classical architecture, this home has truly magnificent features. "We challenge you to find a better example of outstanding quality and craftsmanship."
In this home, the sandstone entry features stone from the old Breakfast Creek quarry that was originally used in foundations of St Columbines College. There are wide hallways, solid cedar archways, red ironbark floorboards, soaring pressed metal ceilings and ornate ceiling roses (including a heritage piece salvaged from an old Sydney Theatre), gas and wood burning fireplaces sourced from early Brisbane homes, several meticulously restored, original French chandeliers (circa 1870), generous verandas off both levels and an extraordinary level of decorative timber fretwork that quietly replicates the very best of Australia's grand homesteads of the late 1880s.
The home features a sprawling 665 square metre floor plan with every detail carefully considered and realised with the finest materials. Formal and casual spaces effortlessly merge to create a home that not only meets but exceeds your every expectation. The French Provincial kitchen and scullery adjoins the informal lounge, spanning out via concertina doors to an expansive verandah that captures breathtaking panoramas.
With five bedrooms and three bathrooms, the home also features a grand dining room with a 5.4 metre vaulted ceiling, a traditional octagonal lounge with a timber wood burning fireplace, a classically-styled library/study with an antique marble fireplace, a lavish master suite and parents retreat and an air conditioned wine cellar. The needs of a contemporary family are satisfied with spacious media and family rooms, centralised electronics for in-built television screens, state of the art security, vacumaid, zoned reverse cycle air conditioning, wireless technology, garden lighting and irrigation and secure, undercover parking for five cars.
946 square metres surrounds the home with terraced, child-friendly grounds that step down to an inviting 15 metre wet edge pool with Victorian style pool house to entertain friends and family. This house is simply not replaceable. It has been designed, built and styled to a standard rarely seen in Queensland and is only seven kilometres from the CBD.
The owners looked for a long time for an historic home to renovate, but ultimately built their own working closely with architect, Ivan Gastaldon at Trebilcock and Associates to reflect and enhance traditional features of the Victorian era in a spectacular vision that completely satisfies the lifestyle and technology needs of today's family. The owners are reluctantly selling their creative masterpiece to move on to the next phase of their life, travelling and spending more time visiting family and friends in Australia and Europe.