Beautiful heritage-listed Queenslander, city views

Beautiful heritage-listed Queenslander, city views

Murray

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4 Bedrooms
Sleeps 6
2 baths

About our home

Ours was the original dairy farmhouse in Fairfield, now an inner Brisbane suburb. Almost all of the house is entirely original, in remarkably well preserved condition, so the classic spacious, proportional, elegant and naturally cooler Queenslander characteristics are fully evident. Two bathrooms are the main additions to the original. Wide verandas on three sides, high ceilings throughout, old polished timber floors.

There is a formal garden at the Queen Anne front and an informal garden with large native trees (and a very accessible balcony platform in the trees, for adult as well as kids' use) at the country farmhouse style back of the house ("More Maryanne than Queen Anne" our architect likes to say.)

The current internal decor is best described as "shabby chic", it is not a show piece, rather a very much a lived-in family house with a rich history of family life.

We are situated at the top of a hill, benefiting from both river and bay breezes. There are two frontages, both of which are to very quiet streets. The streetscape at the rear is an unbroken 1930s heritage view, while the one at the front has green suburban and city views - and a river glimpse!

A large proportion of Fairfield is made up of parks and sports grounds, and looks across the river to the University of Queensland campus, also very green. There is good walking, running and cycling all around and at least five olympic pools within 5-10 minutes drive.

A medium sized suburban shopping centre is five minutes' walk away, with numerous bus stops around the hill and a train station 800m away. Brisbane's vibrant West End, South Bank and Cultural Centre are six-seven minutes by car, towards the Brisbane CBD. It is 4km to the CBD, usually only a 10 minute drive, 20-25 minutes to the airport, the same to the mountains and national parks, and an hour to the Gold Coast. In addition to the shopping centre fare, there are other good local restaurant and cafe options within walking distance.

So while it is a quiet suburban environment, it is well connected to a lot of what Brisbane has to offer. A slightly different but perfect way to see our "New world city".

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More about us

  1. We're a couple with daughters aged 10 and 15 (and two older sons who have flown the coop)

  2. Tonianne works too hard as a non-executive director and Murray is mostly a stay-at-home dad and house renovator for now, which involves getting out of the house on foot or on a bike as often as possible.

  3. We lived a long time in the UK so have seen a lot of Europe, happy to see more (our daughters do especially), perhaps a bit keener to get into Asia and the New World these days.

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Where is it?

Neighbourhood

Buzzy restaurants
Seven South and Station 82, side by side overlooking Fehlberg Park
Cool bars
Lots at West End and South Bank - not our specialty, but we like The Catchment in West End
Cozy cafés
Nessun Dorma at Yeronga Village, Slinky's next to Fairfield Gardens
Retail therapy
Head for the department and up market stores in the CBD.
Bit of culture
The whole Cultural Centre precinct at South Bank - theatres, concert halls, galleries, library
Walks in the park
Almost everywhere you look in Fairfield - down to the Corso on the river, across the Green Bridge to University of Queensland, around the cricket fields ...
Spot of exercise
Jump on a bike and join the River Loop at the Corso, jog across to UQ and have a swim, hit the gym at Fairfield Gardens, walk or run up and down the river.
Day tripping
Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and hinterlands, reaching into the beautiful Scenic Rim of ancient rainforests and modern farming of all kinds.

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