Life­style drives the in-crowd

The Courier-Mail - Property - - MARKET WRAP - TEELA JURGENSEN

THE Queens­land real es­tate mar­ket has hit the ground run­ning this year and with Bris­bane now “busi­ness as usual” af­ter the school hol­i­days, there are some spe­cial prop­er­ties on the mar­ket which are at­tract­ing lots of at­ten­tion.

About 200 peo­ple con­verged on 114 Stu­ar­tholme Rd, Bar­don for its first open home last Satur­day, with plenty of lux­ury cars lin­ing the street, said mar­ket­ing agent Daniel Ar­gent from Ur­ban Prop­erty Agents.

Ven­dor Marc Tustin, of Bris­bane com­pany Tustin Con­struc­tions, built the chic five-bed­room in­dus­trial-style home, which fea­tures 80-90year-old clay bricks re­cy­cled from Syd­ney build­ings, a rooftop deck with 360-de­gree views and room for eight cars.

Mr Ar­gent said the half-hour in­spec­tion was ex­tended to an hour to al­low the line-up of peo­ple through the doors.

“It was a phe­nom­e­nal re­sponse,” he said.

“Peo­ple came from all over the place. It’s the coolest house you will ever see. There’s re­ally noth­ing like it.”

The home will be auc­tioned on-site on Fe­bru­ary 22 at 10am.

An­other spe­cial home be­ing auc­tioned on Fe­bru­ary 22 is the her­itage-listed for­mer Bal­moral Fire Sta­tion at 105 Pashen St, Morn­ing­side.

The tim­ber fire sta­tion was opened in March 1927 and an air raid shel­ter was con­structed at the rear of the build­ing dur­ing World War II.

The sta­tion was op­er­a­tional un­til 2005 when it was de­com­mis­sioned.

Mar­ket­ing agent Glenn Bool from McGrath Es­tate Agents said ven­dor Rob Noy op­er­ated a gym from the front of the prop­erty un­til it out­grew the space, and the build­ing is now a stylish four-bed­room home with an open-plan liv­ing and din­ing area (where the fire truck once parked), be­spoke fire doors and large court­yard.

How­ever, it still has a fire bell, the old uni­form hooks, fire­men’s lock­ers and the orig­i­nal loud­speaker is out the back. Mr Bool said buyer in­ter­est was snow­balling af­ter a big crowd at the first open home last Satur­day.

EX­TRA­OR­DI­NARY OF­FER­INGS: These unique prop­er­ties, at 114 Stu­ar­tholme Rd, Bar­don (above) and 105 Pashen St, Morn­ing­side (be­low), both at­tracted large crowds at their first open homes.

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