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.
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.