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".