Charm of by­gone era in ev­ery nook

The Courier-Mail - Property - - REALESTATE MARKET PLACE - STEPHEN NADIN

STEEPED in his­tory, Wanstead was built about 1889, look­ing to the Bris­bane River in Toowong.

Named Bit­tal, the prop­erty un­der­went name changes and dif­fer­ent own­ers be­fore be­ing re­lo­cated to the Red Cedar Es­tate in Pul­len­vale on a 1ha site about 20 years ago.

It was given its present name in 1899 by a bank of­fi­cial, and boasts many tra­di­tional char­ac­ter­is­tics and de­sign fea­tures from the high Vic­to­rian pe­riod.

High­lights of the prop­erty in­clude cedar cab­i­netry, an orig­i­nal two-sided mar­ble fire­place, wide ve­ran­das, 3.6m ceil­ings, de­tailed cast-iron balustrades and tim­ber fret­work.

The prop­erty has been re­stored to its orig­i­nal style and is sur­rounded by es­tab­lished gar­dens.

Other fea­tures in­clude pol­ished tim­ber floor­ing, pic­ture rails, VJ walls, win­dow hoods, french doors, orig­i­nal glass, dec­o­ra­tive arches, breeze­ways and sash win­dows.

The cov­ered veranda wraps around three sides of the res­i­dence and fea­tures dec­o­ra­tive cast-iron balustrades, with the high Vic­to­rian por­tal en­trance lead­ing into a cen­tral hall­way.

On the left of the hall­way is an im­pres­sive lounge and din­ing room, which can be di­vided by tim­ber doors. Sash win­dows and french doors pro­vide a light and spa­cious en­vi­ron­ment, with the din­ing room boast­ing a mar­ble fire­place.

Also ad­ja­cent to the hall­way and look­ing to the front of the res­i­dence is the main bed­room fea­tur­ing sash win­dows, french doors and a walk-in wardrobe lead­ing to an en­suite with a shower and tiled floor.

The sleep­ing quar­ters are con­fined to the right of the floor­plan and two nearby bed­rooms have ac­cess to a twoway en­suite fea­tur­ing a stand­alone bath­tub and shower.

French doors lead from one of the bed­rooms to the veranda while the other sleep­ing area has an ad­ja­cent sit­ting room.

To­wards the rear of the de­sign is a bed­room with car­pet floor­ing.

With views to­wards an in­ground pool is a sec­ond lounge room and in­for­mal meals area. The space in­cludes a mar­ble fire­place, sash win­dows and french doors open­ing to the veranda.

The floor­plan flows into a kitchen fea­tur­ing mar­ble bench­tops, tim­ber cab­i­netry and an ex­tra-wide Ilve oven and gas cook­top.

At the rear of the floor­plan are a laun­dry, study and bath­room with a sep­a­rate bath­tub and shower.

There is also garage park­ing for two ve­hi­cles.

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