The Sunday Mail (Queensland)
Best of both worlds
When it comes to space, charm and location this 1885 Victorian-era home offers old-world character with a 21st-century makeover
A HERITAGE-listed Victorian-era home that carried the secrets of one Queensland politician and his family for more than 100 years, has returned to the market.
Fallowfield, at 30 Brighton Terrace, Sandgate, has had only a handful of owners since it was built in around 1885.
Former Queensland politician George Agnew and his wife Elizabeth were the original owners who kept it in the family until 2003 when it underwent a massive renovation that brought the home into the 21st century while retaining its yesteryear charm.
Empty-nester in-waiting, Rebecca Ayache, bought Fallowfield, named after a suburb in Manchester, England, where Mr Agnew grew up, with its main bedroom as big as some inner-city apartments, six years ago.
At the time her three children were in various stages of their senior education but now two have left home and the youngest, at 18, has finished high school and it is time for Ms Ayache to pass on a piece of Sandgate’s history to another family or an empty-nester with a passion to entertain.
The home has a main bedroom as big as some inner-city apartments at 79sqm, along with cathedral ceilings and a Juliet balcony.
The origins of the master bedroom stem back to the original owners who used the loft as a private ballroom.
“It was a private ballroom for the original owners and when we bought it, it was a second sitting room but we have turned it into the main bedroom,” Ms Ayache said
Overall, with three bathrooms, five bedrooms and enough space to accommodate five vehicles, it was the ideal home for Ms Ayache’s maturing family. “They were at the age where they needed their own space and an area to socialise with friends and also to park their cars,” she said.
“The pool also made it very appealing for my family.”
The charmingly restored gothic-styled home sits on a 732sq m block with views across Moreton Bay and Bramble Bay to Redcliffe.
Split over three levels, the downstairs kitchenette makes entertaining alongside the 15m saltwater lap pool a breeze. Ms Ayache said it was not an easy decision to leave Scarborough for Sandgate in 2015 but it’s one she has never regretted. “I have loved living near the water and was at Scarborough for a long time before making the move over the (Ted Smout) bridge to be closer to the city,” she he said. “It’s a lovely spot to be and has cut travel time during peak hour by about 20 minutes and I have fallen in love with Sandgate.
“Sandgate has a village feel and different to the Redcliffe Peninsula because it has authentic charm with so many Queenslanders, whereas I think it has changed a lot in areas along the peninsula.”
Real Estate agent Andrew Botwright said there has been a significant amount of interest in the historic home. He
said they even had an offer on th the table that was later withdraw withdrawn because the elderly lady was keen on the property but thought the staircase to the main bedroom was problematic for her age.
“She was in her seventies and thought that the staircase, upon reflection, was not a wise e choice for someone her age,” the @ReRealty agent said. d.
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Ms Ayache, a family with mature children because it has so much off-street parking for when they start driving.” Situated 450m from the foreshore, Fallowfield is for sale with private viewings available.