Stately and stun­ning

Pure el­e­gance and the al­lure of a her­itage listing makes Lokarl­ton a pre­mium buy, writes Char­lotte Du­rut

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

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.

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