Or­nate hill­top man­sion


THIS four-level re­pro­duc­tion of a Vic­to­rian man­sion sits on a Hamil­ton hill­side with sweep­ing views across the Bris­bane River to the city.

Built in 1991 and since ren­o­vated, Loa Langta, or The Lady of the Hill, fea­tures two wide street frontages and blends be­spoke de­sign el­e­ments with qual­ity pe­riod ref­er­ences through­out its floor­plan.

These in­clude dec­o­ra­tive ceil­ings, bay win­dows, french doors, wrap­around ve­ran­das, 26 chan­de­liers and lead­light­ing.

His­tor­i­cal high­lights in­clude fire­places dat­ing from 1860 – sal­vaged from a Syd­ney house and ex­pertly re­stored – and 100-year-old cast iron balustrades from St Mary’s Con­vent in South Bris­bane.

Im­ported lux­ury fix­tures and fit­tings are also stan­dard through­out the house.

Bath­rooms and the kitchen have Ital­ian mar­ble bench­tops and Brazil­ian ma­hogany join­ery while the fire­places in­cor­po­rate Bi­ble-story tiles from The Nether­lands and the stair­case car­pet run­ners are from Poland. There are also french Rosieres kitchen ap­pli­ances, and ve­randa posts and handrails from the Philip­pines. Or­nate cor­nic­ing in­cludes nearly 1kg of 23.5 carat gilded gold.

At the for­mal en­trance is a hand-forged iron gate and cedar doors, leading to an im­pos­ing hall­way com­plete with a 10-per­son lift.

On the sec­ond level is a wet bar and bil­liards room with built-in li­brary shelv­ing and a fire­place. French doors open to a wrap­around pa­tio and a sprawl­ing ter­ra­cotta-paved ter­race.

Also on this floor are a wine cel­lar and bed­room with bay win­dows, a walk-in wardrobe and an en­suite.

Sleep­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion on the third level of the house in­cludes an el­e­gant main bed­room with walk-in wardrobes and an en­suite.

The room flows to a wrap­around ve­randa, also ac­cessed from a li­brary boast­ing hand-fin­ished tim­ber cab­i­netry.

Char­ac­ter fea­tures con­tinue through­out the level, in­clud­ing or­nate ceil­ing cor­nices, rich tim­ber ac­cents, car­pets and im­pres­sive river views from the gal­leries of win­dows.

The level also in­cludes two fur­ther bed­rooms, a sit­ting room and study ser­viced by a bath­room.

Cen­tral liv­ing ex­tends across the up­per floor, where a lav­ish for­mal liv­ing area boasts a fire­place, hand-carved cedar man­tels, soar­ing dec­o­ra­tive ceil­ings and french doors to a wrap­around ve­randa.

Ad­ja­cent is a for­mal din­ing area with ac­cess to the grand kitchen and meals area.

The kitchen leads to a rear yard with an in­ground pool, a wa­ter fea­ture and es­tab­lished gar­den.

The floor also boasts a strik­ing ceil­ing dome in­laid with acid-etched glass.

Com­plet­ing the floor­plan is a bed­room with walk-in wardrobes and an en­suite, as well as a laun­dry, bath­room and pow­der room.

Blend­ing with the ex­ten­sive pe­riod ref­er­ences are a host of mod­ern con­ve­niences, in­clud­ing a four-ve­hi­cle garage, ducted air­con­di­tion­ing and an au­dio vis­ual se­cu­rity sys­tem.

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