Built in 1882, his­toric Kemp­town has been metic­u­lously re­stored with pe­riod-style fea­tures and rooms, in­clud­ing an invit­ing con­ser­va­tory en­closed in dec­o­ra­tive iron work, with a glass ceil­ing and tes­sel­lated floors.

The Courier-Mail - Property - - Front Page - Krys­tal Hansen

WHEN Tony and Mary-Anne Philbrick pur­chased Kemp­town they had planned to knock it down, but its Vic­to­rian charm won them over.

In­stead, they re­stored the res­i­dence, and its ter­race twin Brighton back to their glory days.

When the Philbricks pur­chased the prop­erty in 1994, the his­toric house had been ne­glected and was a shadow of its for­mer self.

The ren­o­va­tion had two pur­poses, to re­store both prop­er­ties back to their orig­i­nal ap­pear­ance and to add the com­forts of mod­ern life.

The four-bed­room res­i­dence is filled with de­light­ful fea­tures in­clud­ing an ex­pan­sive Ba­li­nese pavil­ion at the back of the prop­erty, on top of three garages.

Or­nate fea­tures such as an­tique light fit­tings, plas­tered ceil­ings, cor­nic­ing and lead­light win­dows are high­lighted by the pas­tel colour pal­ette of the walls.

Both front ve­ran­das and the en­try are fin­ished with tes­sel­lated tiles in pe­riod style.

The wrought iron se­cu­rity door by Bris­bane artist Paul Simp­son is a deca­dent wel­come and Mr Simp­son also cre­ated a stun­ning frame and gate for the con­ser­va­tory at the back of the prop­erty.

Sur­rounded by jas­mine vines and man­i­cured gar­den beds, the con­ser­va­tory with its che­quered black and white tiles and glass ceil­ing is the per­fect place for morn­ing tea and toast.

The kitchen has been re­fur­bished with stain­less steel ap­pli­ances and stone bench­tops.

A sep­a­rate laun­dry and pow­der room can be found off the kitchen.

The for­mal din­ing room has a mar­ble fire­place with or­nate grate.

The for­mal liv­ing room opens to the front ve­randa, which of­fers a view of the neigh­bour­ing park.

Up­stairs are the bed­rooms, two of which open to the ve­randa which has gor­geous wrought iron work with ledges es­pe­cially for planter boxes.

The main bed­room has an en­suite and a mar­ble fire­place.

The en­suite in­cludes space for a sec­ond wash­ing ma­chine and dryer.

The main bath­room and en­suite has a mar­ble van­ity and shower, as well as pe­riod-style tiled floors.

Kemp­town was built in 1882 and is now a her­itage-listed prop­erty.

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