Watch city sky­line light up


PE­RIOD charm, mod­ern liv­ing and im­pres­sive city views come to­gether in this ap­peal­ing fourbed­room, two-storey house in Brisbane’s in­ner east.

Sit­ting on a 607sq m block, the house has re­tained some of its orig­i­nal fea­tures while com­ple­ment­ing them with a mod­ern up­date to pro­vide an at­trac­tive place for in­ner-city liv­ing.

John Martin owns the property with his wife Natalie and said the im­pres­sive views of the city were a high­light of the 1930s-era house.

“It’s a really in­ter­est­ing as­pect of the city from Nor­man Park; it looks really close,” he said.

The house’s lo­ca­tion and its prox­im­ity to the city orig­i­nally at­tracted the fam­ily to the house, Mr Martin said.

“It’s got a won­der­ful view and ameni­ties in the area, with Bulimba not far away, in­clud­ing Ox­ford St and schools,” he said.

Af­ter mov­ing into the property, they de­cided it needed an up­date and ren­o­va­tion, but wanted to keep the pe­riod charm.

The main en­trance is reached via a walk­way pass­ing the garage and a court­yard at the front of the property.

To the right of the en­trance, the space leads through a foyer to an open-plan liv­ing and din­ing area ad­join­ing the kitchen.

Case­ment win­dows with lat­tice­work glass fea­ture in the din­ing area, which also en­joys a dec­o­ra­tive high ceil­ing, white­washed Amer­i­can Oak tim­ber floor­ing and a flow­ing de­sign through to the mod­ern, stylish kitchen.

The same tim­ber floor­ing com­ple­ments the cook­ing area’s sleek white cab­i­netry. Stain­less steel ap­pli­ances in­clud­ing a wall oven, gas cook­top and dish­washer also fea­ture here.

A mar­ble-topped is­land bench is a kitchen cen­tre­piece with a five-seat break­fast bar. Op­po­site the is­land bench is a large walk-in pantry.

Bi-fold doors open from the kitchen out to the large cov­ered deck, which show­cases im­pres­sive views of the city sky­line. A built-in bar­be­cue space fur­ther adds to the at­trac­tion of the deck area.

Mr Martin said the back deck was his favourite part of the house, with its im­pres­sive city views, bar­be­cue, TV area and couches.

“It’s out­door liv­ing all year round with city views, it’s fan­tas­tic,” he said.

From the liv­ing and din­ing area, a hall­way leads past a bed­room and the level’s bath­room to the main bed­room. The bath­room is fin­ished in a lux­u­ri­ous style with mar­ble tiling, a large white tub, dou­ble­basin van­ity, and a frame­less glass shower.

In the main bed­room there is a bay win­dow over­look­ing the front court­yard, while the ceil­ing has dec­o­ra­tive fea­tures.

Stairs in the hall­way de­scend to the lower level, ar­riv­ing at a gallery over­look­ing the re­sort- style pool and also offering ac­cess to the laun­dry and a bath­room.

Off the gallery are two bed­rooms, both with built-in wardrobes. One of the bed­rooms also en­joys views to the pool area.

A large rum­pus room flows from the gallery, and from here there is also ac­cess to stor­age ar­eas.

Be­yond the pool deck, steps de­scend to the large, lev­elled back­yard, which fea­tures chil­dren’s play equip­ment in­clud­ing a slide and swings, as well as plenty of space for sports and games.

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