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ONE OF YERONGA’S ORIGINAL HOMESTEADS

By Mirelle Macdonald

HILLCREST CIRCA 1905 – A LANDMARK HOMESTEAD

Presenting an opportunity for your family to be a part of Brisbane history, Ray White Sherwood is honored to be marketing this original homestead.

The original Hillcrest property, spanning 11.6 acres, was acquired by Mr. James Toohey in 1862 and used to sell cattle on their way to South Brisbane. Over the following 22 years the land was divided into seventeen sections and sold with the portion at the top of the hill being sold to John and Isabella Kenyon in 1901 who built Hillcrest in 1905 to be their home. This stately traditional Queenslander has stood the test of time, being home to only three families prior to the current owners.

In 2004, after extensive research into the history of the property, the original single level home was restored sympathetically to match the elegance of the original dwelling from a bygone era and the site redeveloped to create the downstairs level.

The landmark residence embraces traditional features such as classic wide verandahs, matching stain glass windows on the upper and lower levels, the extended use of single light double hung windows, original ornate archways, brass light fittings and many more quintessential classic features, showcasing a meticulous renovation.

The original upstairs level, with towering 14ft ceilings and traditional picture rails, has a large formal living and sitting room featuring a frequently used, stunning Olivine marble fireplace, and elegant chandelier. This level includes two spacious ensuited bedrooms with ceiling fans. The master suite also features a bay window and large built in robe with cupboards and hanging space. The second bedroom features built in wardrobes and a large private study area. Upstairs also accommodates a spacious office with air conditioning. All cabinetry throughout the home has been custom designed to fit the classic style of a traditional Queenslander and is made from beautiful Tasmania Rosewood.

Today the heritage style modern kitchen features the same custom designed Rosewood cabinetry in keeping with the elegance of the home, and houses the large dining area. This detached space also features a generous butler’s pantry, Miele dishwasher, ILVE oven and gas top, custom rangehood, double farmhouse style sink, and is fully air conditioned. However, as this room was the original staff quarters and general kitchen for the home the open fireplace remains and is a fully functioning feature enjoyed by the current owners. This room serves as a magnificent family space and entertaining area while hosting dinner parties and enjoying time with guests.

Downstairs compromises an additional three large bedrooms with ceiling fans and lovely high 9ft ceilings, and is serviced by a large main bathroom with a fabulous claw foot bath.

This lower level also includes a Billiards room for entertaining, which is plumbed for hot and cold water to service a bar or kitchenette, as well as a sauna with slate flooring and a temperature controlled cellar presented through a magnificent feature door from the Gatton diary, complimented by the stunning 100 year old ex Teneriffe Wharf polished timber floor boards throughout the level.

More outstanding features of the residence include the large internal laundry, the fully filtered water system, double carport with automatic gates and the wealth of storage available throughout the house which includes the large storage area under the stairs, separate storage room accessible from the backyard and carport, storage area above the carport ceiling and abundance of cupboards throughout. The beautiful home also features newly replaced fencing, roof and guttering.

The exemplary family home occupies a generous 1,201 square metre parcel of land within the highly sought after locale of Yeronga. The private landscaped yard is beautifully shaded by large fig trees, the perfect space for the whole family to spend time together in the in ground swimming pool, positioned close to a separate toilet/powder room and the sauna.

Presenting an opportunity for your family to be a part of Brisbane history in such a stately home. This is your chance, don’t miss out.

A building and pest report, and a pool compliance certificate, are available for your perusal upon request and on display at all inspections.

Contact Cameron Crouch and Aimee Carding for more information.

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