It’s sim­ply ex­quis­ite

Own a luxe slice of Brisbane’s history, writes Alex Til­bury

The Courier-Mail - Property - - REALESTATE HOUSE OF THE WEEK -

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.

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