Firm family favourite
This spacious “fairytale” residence is full of character and is close to excellent schools for the children, writes
THIS is the sort of home every family wants.
Right in the heart of Clayfield, the home at 24 Jolly St, isn’t quite Tudorstyle but it looks like a fairytale.
There’s no dark wooden beams inside but it is definitely a big classic cavity brick character home.
Our house of the week is a big four-bedroom family entertainer in a prime location just minutes to some of the region’s best schools.
Positioned on 868sq m of lush manicured grounds, this classic residence (circa 1936) is reminiscent of an elegant era.
It’s got beautiful timber floors, original leadlights and the inherent charm of an open fireplace complementing the elegant, neutral decor.
There is a hint of intrigue with the combination of character features and modern styling that blend seamlessly in this beautiful family home.
Flair and a touch of mystery ensure this beautiful home will continue to be treasured like a fine vintage wine.
Eagle Junction State School is at the end of the street and Clayfield College is on the next street over.
The home has been owned by Andrew and Donna Corbett for the past 10 years. They have downsized into a New Farm apartment as their teenagers are about to fly the coop.
“We have loved it here. The yard is big enough, we’ve got a soccer pitch out here, and a cricket wicket,” Mr Corbett said.
“One of the biggest benefits is that everyone is only a fiveminute walk away. It’s a true community here.
“We have recently painted the whole interior and exterior plus repolished the floors.
“The time is right. It’s a house that deserves another young family as our kids are older now but when we moved in they were six and eight, now they are 16 (Kelly, finishing high school at BGS) and 18 (Benjamin, who is studying industrial design at university on the Gold Coast).
“The good thing about this pool is it’s shallow at both ends, so when the kids were small they could stand up at both ends. It’s been a well-loved pool but as they get older it doesn’t get used as much.
“We’ve gotten to the stage that the pool only gets used for parties, and we can turn the heater on and it can be used in the cooler months.
“The lawn is low maintenance and the hedges just need trimming every now and then. I work from home for the mines and I love my office.
“My view looks out the front garden and it’s always the best kept garden.”
Ms Corbett’s favourite room in the house is the kitchen which is perfectly laid out so everything is just a few steps away.
“The double oven got used all the time. I love this kitchen,” Ms Corbett said, from the sink that is a perfectly positioned vantage point to survey the backyard, the pool and the extensive lounge room.
“When we moved in here the street threw a party for us. Before we moved in though we knew four families in the street.”
McGrath Estate Agents Ascot principal Mikki Finlay said it was a classic 1930s cavity brick character home.
“I love the inherent character of this home. The polished timber floors are exquisite and it just has an elegance about it doesn’t it?” she said. “I love the front room, it’s eminently elegant but liveable.
“There’s even a store room that used to be a maid’s quarters. It would have been a spacious room in its day.
“The front room is one of my favourite rooms.”
This property is perfect for a family with its close location to quality schools in the area.