Firm fam­ily favourite

This spa­cious “fairy­tale” res­i­dence is full of char­ac­ter and is close to ex­cel­lent schools for the chil­dren, writes

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

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.

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