It’s simply exquisite
Own a luxe slice of Brisbane’s history, writes Alex Tilbury
THERE’S barely a handful of homes in the same calibre as 84 Markwell St, Hamilton.
But the good news is this home is finally on the market after being owned by Richard and Anne-Marie Malouf, of the Malouf Group Pharmacies, for 35 years.
Hamilton is a sought-after suburb where every house is different and full of character.
This unique 1937 Mervyn Rylance home has been immaculately maintained and thoughtfully extended by its long-term owners, to create a graceful fusion of traditional entertaining spaces and modern family functionality.
It has river views from its peaceful elevated position in an exclusive cul-de-sac.
The five-bedroom Georgian-style residence sits on a huge 979sq m, taking in the prized river outlooks and hillside breezes.
The grand entrance courtyard and foyer provide a preview of the home’s elegance, characterised by high ceilings, ornate cornices and rich polished jarrah floorboards.
Noted architect Graham Bligh told the Maloufs when he designed their extension to not try and reproduce the original house during their project.
“If you add on, it must look like an add on. I wanted him to do a replica of this house but he said no,” Mr Malouf said, the 76-year-old doyen of the pharmacy group.
Mr Bligh recently came out of retirement to work on the remodelling of the Malouf’s new home at Mariner’s Reach, at Newstead.
His work included the World Exposition 1988 site, Colonial Stadium in Melbourne, The Australia Stadium in Melbourne, the Hyatt Regency Coolum, the Queensland Supreme Courts complex, and the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.
His distinguished career also included the Brisbane International Airport Terminal, which was internationally recognised for its design.
“Architects say you cannot copy it, it’s got to look like an extension. It’s architecturally the way you do it when you create a modern extension as we did in 1997.”
Mr Malouf and his wife have lived at 84 Markwell St, Hamilton, for 35 years.
“My father was building houses in those days. He originally owned Marcia Gowns, the biggest fashion store in Brisbane, if not Australia. My dad Nick Malouf’s store was over five levels with 100 salespeople and 35 alterations ladies on the corner of Queen and Albert Streets in the city,” he said.
“It used to be an ornate old building. He was an entrepreneur then he got into building houses.
“I was going to follow in my dad’s footsteps but pharmacy was the only profession that I could see that had any retail element to it.”
LJ Hooker New Farm agent Pauline Karatau said there had been strong interest in the immense luxury home.
“All the opens have been well attended with genuine buyers wanting this Georgian style of home. We haven’t had any tyrekickers,” she said.
“It’s an executive home for a family that does a lot of entertaining or a family who has an extended family. There’s lots of space for an extended family, it’d be perfect.”
It’s a special home with the hydrangeas and magnolias in full bloom right now. The grand entrance courtyard and foyer provide a preview of the home’s elegance, characterised by high ceilings and ornate cornices.
There’s an expansive formal lounge featuring an exquisite granite fireplace and the adjacent dining room with bay windows each flow on to a terrace balcony with signature Mervyn Rylance archways. It’s just beautiful and a true slice of Brisbane history.