“Drumoyne” An Olde English Treasure in Ascot
Treasures such as this stunning 1930s English character home are rarely found. This is a once in a generation opportunity to secure this unique slice of history.
Originally a set of interwar masonry flats, built in the English style popular in that period, the building was converted to a single dwelling in 1991. This home is a true piece of Brisbane’s rich architectural history – this was a set of flats built in a time when multi-unit dwellings were very new to the township of Brisbane and “Queenslander” style cottages were still favoured. Units were a very “new” and ‘modern’ alternative – a departure from the traditional house and yard that most families preferred.
Situated atop the hill on Lapraik Street in exclusive Ascot, with an impressive north-eastern aspect from the front and western aspect from the rear, allowing you to have first-class local views right across to Mt Cootha and city highlights to the south.
Unlike many English style homes, there are almost 100 windows, spilling bountiful natural light into every room. As you pass through the original stained glass front door, you are struck by the immense ceiling void, stretching 6 metres high. These grand ceilings present quite the spectacle, with original horse-hair ornate plasterwork and cornices (an intricate display of skills you rarely seen in modern homes). With 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and an additional. separate kitchenette upstairs, there is abundant living space, adaptable to any family situation. Downstairs offers a formal lounge room. Formal dining room and a sitting room that opens onto a spacious entertainment area and pool enclosure, perfect for relaxing or entertaining. Upstairs is yet another lounge room, providing further living space.
This home is resplendent with stylish finishes; the master bedroom features a large bay window with window-seat, perfect for reading in the afternoon. The upstairs living area hosts a rich, brick fireplace, in working order, just waiting for winter and some soft marshmallows with cocoa. There are decorative wall trims, original casement windows with ornate frames and rendered brick walls internally, Wistow stone, quarried in South Australia adorns the outdoor area and pool.
The home has plenty of storage in the basement and also boasts a home office space.
Ascot is characterised by its beautiful homes, racecourses and proximity to the Brisbane CBD. The property is nestled in a coveted location, with easy access to all amenities and lifestyle conveniences. The area combines both old and new, showcasing both Brisbane’s heritage and trendy restaurants, shops and entertainment in surrounding Breakfast Creek, Hamilton and Portside. Of course, racegoers can take their pick – not only of horses, but the venue! The nearest bus stop is under 500m and train station is 1km. St Margaret’s School, one of Brisbane’s finest all girls schools, is just across the road, with a number of other schools within a kilometre. The Royal Brisbane Hospital is close by as well as other medical and sports facilities. There are numerous parks, outdoor attractions and a few minutes’ drive to the Brisbane River.
In its prime, this building would have been a picture of class and refinement. The bones of this grand old English home are strong and given the last refurbishment was 30 years ago, renovation will be required. The ensuite upstairs and bathroom downstairs are in working order, however main bathroom upstairs currently is not. There are so many beautiful features that, with a little TLC and creativity, this home will again be a shining example of the fine architecture and workmanship of a bygone era.
This incredible property at a glance:
• Heritage listed property
• Original stained windows
• Original wallpaper
• 2.9m ceilings throughout
• Horse hair ornate ceilings and decorative cornices
• Rendered brick to all internal walls
• Wistow Stone from a quarry in South Australia
• 5 bedrooms
• 2 bathrooms and ensuite
• Master bedroom with bay window and ensuite
• Kitchen downstairs with dishwasher
• Upstairs kitchenette
• Upstairs lounge with brick fireplace
• Formal and casual dining rooms downstairs
• Downstairs lounge room
• Additional downstairs sitting room
• Home office
• Large outdoor entertainment area at the rear with western views to Mt Cootha, and pool below
• Large downstairs laundry
• Large basement for storage
• 808m2 block
‘Drumoyne’ is a particularly rare opportunity, not only due to its heritage, but the opportunity to secure 808m2 of prime elevated Ascot real estate, a mere 7km from Brisbane’s CBD.
To ensure you don’t miss this opportunity, make an appointment to inspect today.
Call Jason Bond at Elever Property Group on 0407 489 992 to organise your inspection.