‘Horrible’ façade hides a glorious find in inner-Brisbane suburb

Behind this “horrible” façade is a home to covet.

The Brisbane house for sale has a studio bolted on which, if removed, will reveal a treasured period style which has been hidden.

At 86 Stoneleigh Street in Lutwyche, the original, classical Queenslander is masked by the addition to the front.

“The house is pre-war so cannot be knocked down, rip off the horrible studio on the front and take it back to timber and you have a beautiful period Queenslander,” the listing, on the books of Place Estate Agents Ascot, says.

86 Stoneleigh Street, Lutwyche, Queensland

Lutwyche is less than 6km north of Brisbane’s CBD. (Domain)

Queenslander homes emerged in the mid-1800s and are high set with deep verandahs beneath a pitched, corrugated iron roof.

Monsoonal rains, flooding and summer temperatures have influenced the design – Queenslander homes are raised, on stumps, with foundations of timber, sandstone or brick, to combat rising water and heat.

Common internal features include wooden floors, soaring ceilings, French doors and an abundance of windows, proportion and width for air flow.

The Queenslander style, seen here at 86 Stoneleigh Street, features timber flooring and open layouts for air flow. (Domain)

Inside, the home at Stoneleigh Street – on two titles – features the decorative fretwork, hardwood flooring and sweeping spaces that are a signature of the style.

The block spans 810 square metres, providing scope for a significant renewal and possibly a second house. The listing suggests that the period home could be moved to open up space, syphoning the blocks and creating room to build on, subject to council approval.

“You could renovate and raise this beautiful home and build underneath, put a double drive through garage on the side, heaps of room for a pool etc, have a huge home with city views on a double block which would be worth over $2 mil very easily, or look at developing this land STCA, build another home or maybe a few townhouses, this lucrative choice is yours,” the listing says.

A Queenslander which was listed at 54 Barton Parade in Balmoral, showing the raised style which is a typical tenet of the design. (Domain)

The house has four bedrooms, a sitting room and a sunroom which doubles as an entry. The kitchen and family room is separated by a wall and the dining and living areas flow into each other.

Lutwyche has not had enough sales to generate a median house price through Domain, according to its latest House Price Report.

The median for units in Lutwyche $485,000, which is a fall of 6.7 per cent over 12 months but a rise of 4.3 per cent over five years.

Queenslanders architecture becomes rare the closer to equator your get.

The height of a Queenslander, off the ground, does not suit cyclone conditions in the state’s far north.

Article source: Queensland Property Investor

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