Chopper Squad: US real estate’s ticket to luxury listings. Lisa Allen looks inside Brisbane’s Banyan Tree Residences.
This beautiful bluestone home was built in 1859 for William Stawell, the country’s first attorneygeneral. It has been the much-loved family home of pediatrician Bronwyn Cathels and Queen’s Counsel Stewart Anderson for the past 12 years.
The family was living 500m up the road when the classic revival-style home came up for sale. Cathels was taking their children skiing and viewed the property quickly on a Saturday morning. “I said to Stewart: ‘I’m not saying ‘no’,” and he rang me later that day to tell me that ‘we’d’ made an offer,” she says, laughing.
Their home is in the prestigious Studley Park precinct on a 2557sq m block with gorgeous Rick Eckersley-designed gardens.
Cathels says her favourite feature is the lovely surrounds. “There’s a seat in our television room where I can look at the garden and contemplate the world,” she says.
The heritage-listed home has elegant formal living and dining rooms that lead through to the light-filled family room, meals area and kitchen. Upstairs are five bedrooms. Out back is a paved dining area with heated pool.
There was enough room to build a tennis court, but Cathels preferred a vegie patch and has never regretted the decision. Cathels and Anderson have spent many happy years with their house and gardens filled with children.
“There were multiple games of cricket in the back yard and plenty of children in the pool, all without being on top of one another,” Cathels says.
With their children now grown and living elsewhere, it’s time to downsize.
James Tostevin, Marshall White, Hawthorn. Expressions of interest, closing May 2.