Stately and stunning
Pure elegance and the allure of a heritage listing makes Lokarlton a premium buy, writes Charlotte Durut
FAMILY homes on big blocks are few and far between in Spring Hill, let alone those with a heritage-listing label.
But elegant, opulent Lokarlton at 173 Gregory Tce has all of the above and more.
Built in the early 1880s on an 885sq m block, the two-level home has almost 800sq m of indoor and outdoor living spaces.
While it still has a steeply pitched corrugated iron roof and a wraparound veranda with wrought iron fretwork, there is no need for any renovations as the home is in perfect condition.
Traditional features include intricate cornicing, chandeliers, timber floors, arched doorways and decorative pressed metal ceilings.
Bi-fold doors in an openplan area open to the rear veranda, which has a built-in barbecue and overlooks a pool.
The original cookhouse with a brick fireplace has now been enclosed and is used as an office, while a second fireplace is in a rumpus room on the lower level.
However, for owners Richard and Judy Hartman, the home has represented convenience and space.
Mr and Mrs Hartman purchased Lokarlton in 2008 and moved in two years later after major renovations to the home including installing a new kitchen and reconfiguring the bedrooms.
The couple particularly liked being close to the CBD and to Brisbane Girls’ Grammar School, where their daughter has just finished Year 12.
They also appreciated the size of the block and the home.
“There are very few homes in Spring Hill like this,” Mr Hartman said.
“It’s a very singular home and should appeal to someone who appreciates its uniqueness and its convenience.
“The house is well lived in and the three of us manage to take advantage of the space.”
McGrath New Farm sales agent Sherrie Storor agreed that Lokarlton’s size and opulence made it a special house, with McGrath founder and CEO, John McGrath, describing it as a “unique home for Australia” when he recently inspected it.
“He was quite awed by its iconic nature,” Ms Storer said.
“The further you walk through the home, the more impressive it becomes. You’ve got these luxury pressed tin (ceilings) and even the home’s name sign is beautiful.”
Ms Storer said the property’s size was also unusual.
“For Spring Hill, it’s like an acreage,” she said.
“People think it’s noisy here but it’s actually surprisingly quiet … It’s very formal but it’s very liveable and practical. “It’s a real family home.” Ms Storer said she expected Lokarlton would appeal to buyers from Brookfield and surrounding areas who were unhappy with the long commute to the CBD.
“It would also appeal to those who love heritage-listed homes.”
While it is heritage-listed, the Hartmans obtained permission to install a vehicle turntable outside the double garage, an ideal feature when living on busy Gregory Tce.
Nearby is the pool and deck, framed by hedges and trees, with a covered deck flowing to this area.
Two bedrooms and a living room open to the deck, with the main bedroom including a spacious dressing room and walk-in wardrobe and ensuite.
Two additional bedrooms are also on this level, along with the rumpus room.
On the upper level, the large kitchen overlooks the openplan area and has an island bench, breakfast bar, stainless steel appliances and a gas cooktop.
Also on this level are formal living and dining rooms and two bedrooms, both with walkin wardrobes, with one opening to the veranda.
A small landing on the stairs leading to the lower level includes a powder room.
The home has airconditioning and security gates.