Pri­vacy, peace and views

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Bris­bane. Doobawah, 26 Em­pire Vista, Or­mis­ton


There are stun­ning Strad­broke and More­ton Is­land views from this 1884 Queens­lan­der.

“It’s like a sanc­tu­ary,” ven­dor Helen Sloan says. “We have koalas in the trees and 180-de­gree views out over the bay.”

Sloan and hus­band Richard moved to Doobawah, which means “vast ex­panse of water” in the lo­cal in­dige­nous lan­guage, 15 years ago.

They had two chil­dren but Sloan soon fell preg­nant with twins. “We re­alised we needed more space,” she says. They en­closed the lower level of their stately Queens­lan­der, cre­at­ing a two-storey home with six bed­rooms and four bath­rooms.

The home is on 1889sq m of ab­so­lute wa­ter­front land. Pe­riod fea­tures in­clude 3.3m ceil­ings, pretty tim­ber fret­work on the ve­randa, orig­i­nal tongue-and-groove wall pan­els and lead­light win­dows.

Up­stairs is the mas­ter bed­room, main kitchen, din­ing and lounge rooms, all open­ing on to the deep wrap­around ve­randa.

Down­stairs are four more bed­rooms, a large open-plan liv­ing space, sec­ond kitchen and cov­ered area for en­ter­tain­ing. The home also has a me­dia room and bil­liards room. The man­i­cured gar­dens house a re­sort-style pool and a chil­dren’s fort.

The Sloans have loved the prox­im­ity to Bris­bane, just 40 min­utes away, while also feel­ing like they are re­moved from the busy city life.

Helen Sloan says she will miss the pri­vacy, the peace and views from her home. “It’s re­ally been a huge de­ci­sion to sell, all of us have such a close con­nec­tion to the home. We ren­o­vated and made it our own,” she says.

With their chil­dren in their teens, the fam­ily is look­ing for a life­style change but plans to stay lo­cal.

VEN­DOR: Helen Sloan, 0419 261 897.

For Pres­tige Prop­erty in­quiries con­tact Emily Pettafor, emi­ly­may.pres­

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