Could this be the most picturesque house in Brisbane's most romantic avenue?
The Laurels once graced twenty acres of farmland on the Brisbane river, approached along a magnificent avenue of Camphor Laurel trees that still stand today. Built in the late 1880's this majestic and classic colonial residence is today positioned on a 1187m2 holding, blessed with a highly sought position in the heart of one of Brisbane's most desirable streets.
Inspired by the timeless elegance of a bygone era this landmark residence is embraced by a tranquil formal garden. Swept straight off the pages of a classic Australian novel, the quintessential wide verandahs detailed with elegant wrought iron lace work are handsomely teamed with full length sash windows and traditional balustrades to deliver a home that is enchanting from the very first view.
The impressive front door opens to a grand central hallway that leads past a gracious formal sitting room/library and the original large formal dining room (currently used as a study) and on to a large open plan kitchen, dining and lounge area, seamlessly separating the heritage formal rooms with the informal living zones. Here the modern kitchen with marble benchtops is equipped with a gas cooktop and a new SMEG electric oven. This generously proportioned and light filled main hub of the house features a large wall of windows and French doors, with a green and private view out onto the rear verandah and garden retreat/pool area.
The six bedrooms all have sizeable windows. The master bedroom has a large ensuite and walk in wardrobe in the formal part of the house. The other five bedrooms are serviced by two further bathrooms and a separate powder room. All but one have walk in or built in robes. The internal layout of this much loved family home works well for any stage of family life with the option to keep youngsters close at hand. For teenagers there is ample separation with three bedrooms, private balcony, a charming living space overlooking the pool (which could be converted to a separate suite) and a large media/gym room with plenty of storage. There is also a lockable cellar.
The French doors from the lower living room open to the attractive fully tiled swimming pool with waterfall and sandstone surrounds. The pool is equipped with a state of the art, automatic in-floor cleaning system requiring no vacuuming and minimal attention. This tranquil space offers another private and tranquil place to relax and unwind.
Other features of this residence include 22,000 litres of rain water storage, irrigation, a security system to the original home, two gas fireplaces, automatic gates, crimsafe in the rear extension, a double carport and shed.
The Laurels is situated within an easy walk to the Chelmer train station and Graceville's buzzing cafe, restaurant, and boutique cinema/shopping precinct. It is only moments in the car to the newly refurbished Westfield Indooroopilly Shopping Centre. There is an excellent choice of schools and kindergartens including Graceville State School within walking distance and St Peters, BBC and St Aidans a short train journey away, as well as access to the CBD for work or schooling via train or bus.
Steeped in history this elegant residence awaits the discerning buyer to continue its story.
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