A Brisbane property power couple have placed their exquisite Queenslander on the market – offering a timeless slice of renovated real estate they say was the ultimate pandemic-proof paradise.
Dubbed ‘Magnolia’ and perched on a rare 1012-square-metre parcel ensconced in greenery, the magnificent five-bedroom homestead, at 108 Plimsoll Street, Greenslopes, was slowly transformed from an ageing cottage into a luxurious family abode by James and Angela Curtain, of Place Estate Agents Woolloongabba – with the result being a masterclass in old-world charm and modern elegance.
Featuring a wine cellar, a glass-framed saltwater pool, wool carpets and a carefully crafted layout blending resort sophistication with warmth and functionality – the home oozes a sense of style that Mrs Curtain said they spent over a decade cultivating before finally deciding it was time to downsize.
108 Plimsoll Street is on more than 1000 square metres of land in inner-city Greenslopes. Photo: Place Estate Agents
“This is one of our more memorable renovations and, because we’ve lived in it for longer than any other home, we will miss it,” Mrs Curtain said.
“We’ve hosted big family Christmases here and two 21st birthdays. We have lived in it and loved it for 12 years and even during COVID we had all our family here. We had our three boys and even their girlfriends and we had some beautiful times just cooking and entertaining and drinking wine so that it (the quarantine) was actually wonderful.”
The couple, who have had a long love affair with the quintessential Queenslander, said it was easy to see the potential of the grand old abode all those years ago, inspiring them to snap up the property off-market and undertake a series of major makeovers that included removing an old forte, extending the second level and transforming the carport underneath the house.
“We have moved quite a lot and we have renovated homes and built them, but then we found Plimsoll Street and we fell in love in with this home and the potential it had,” Mrs Curtain said.
A beautiful old tree shades the sprawling backyard. Photo: Place Estate Agents
“Because it was in its original form it had all the original fretwork there and the beginnings of some beautiful gardens with magnolia trees and then there was the privacy of the pool which we loved.
“But the garage was underneath the house and it wasn’t built in at all. It was just cement floors. Up the back was an old forte and that in time we got rid of and we also carpeted all the bedrooms.
The house features generous bedrooms. Photo: Place Estate Agents
“In the last three years, we completely renovated the whole home and we dug in underneath the garage. We’ve put in a new kitchen with marble, we built in the side verandah and created the study with timber shutters that provided a closed in space. We also installed an internal staircase to go downstairs to the wine cellar.”
With attention to detail at the forefront (an aspect of renovating that Mrs Curtain said was arguably the most important) the home now features a fireplace, three bathrooms, a full-sized home office, a home gym, the insulated wine cellar with a humidifier and 130 square metres of lawn alongside the kitchen, which opens up to the al fresco area with a professional bar set-up.
108 Plimsoll Street, Greenslopes. Photo: Place Estate Agents
Additional elements include the airconditioning, ceiling fans, automated awnings and an outdoor firepit, alongside a full push sound and vision technology system on both levels that add modern functionality to the original character features such as high ceilings, VJ walls and timberwork.
For Mr Curtain, who is the Woolloongabba office director, these features combine to make an incredible family abode with the x-factor being the land.
“The thing that first caught my eye was (not only) the 1000-square-metre block but that both of the neighbouring blocks are the same size and even the blocks behind are of a similar size so you have a great sense of space from your neighbours,” Mr Curtain said.
“It offers a beautiful level of privacy and it’s a great place to relax and getaway. The other thing when we bought it is I could see that the living spaces had the ability to be transformed into the type of space we wanted.
The downstairs of the house is also spacious and bright. Photo: Place Estate Agents
“As a real estate agent, you do look at a lot of beautiful properties but the ones you think will work for you are few and far between.”
While they love the enduring style of the classic Queenslander while understanding the intricate details that make a home work for the modern family, even they couldn’t have predicted just how much their meticulous renovation would suit a post-pandemic world.
“I think you can see now that post-COVID there is a greater pressure to study from home and work from home and even the fact that we haven’t had the ability to travel means the space we have has become more critical,” Mr Curtain said.
“When we were renovating, we weren’t expecting it but when it [COVID] struck we were more than comfortable and able to accommodate teenage boys and girlfriends but also maintain our exercise and then when it came to entertaining and that wine cellar (we were thrilled).
The original character of the Queenslander has been preserved and extended to incorporate modern luxuries. Photo: Place Estate Agents
“We are certainly going to miss the house and it will be a difficult transition but it’s time to move on.”
The property will go up for auction on May 15 at 11am through Denis Najzar and Chris Dixon, of Place Woolloongabba, and has already accrued buyer interest from locals, interstate buyers and offshore home-hunters.
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