Residence, Doon' c1895
- 6 Beds
- 2 Baths
- 2 Cars
This two-storey masonry dwelling reflects the flamboyant style of the period, which includes a composite of Victorian styles. Designed by renowned architect Claude William Chambers and built for successful railway contractor, George Charles Willcock's', number forty-four is one of four adjacent homes. Seldom offered and highly sought, this opulent home for the first time in 31 years is now again on offer...
Commonly known as the Willcocks' houses, the homes exemplified Brisbane's late nineteenth century speculative housing development and were built to attract middle class tenants to the area. The first at No 44 was Albert V. Drury, Clerk of the Executive Council of the State of Queensland from 1867 - 1904. The house was converted to flats in the 1950's and the current owners bought the property in June 1981. They then embarked upon the restoration of the building to it's original condition.
The latest restoration work was completed by Chapman Builders, heritage approved builders and restorers, who were also involved in the restoration of the Customs House. (More information can be emailed to you regarding the restoration.)
Significant work completed includes:
- Replacement of ceilings, electrical wiring, plumbing and roof.
- The front verandah floor and cast iron columns, lace arches and balustrades replaced using patterns taken from adjoining houses.
- Upstairs, both the kitchen and bathroom have been replaced and all the floors sanded and polished.
- Downstairs all the floors were replaced and tiled.
- Construction of brick fences at the front and side.
- The house has recently been painted both inside and out.
As you enter, the first noticeable feature is the ceiling height of 13 feet. This gives a sense of expansiveness, allowing the spring light and warmth to come rushing in. The master bedroom, which was once the sitting room, faces Moreton Street and can be opened up to the verandah by three floor-to-ceiling double-hung windows. The home has ducted air conditioning throughout. There are five large bedrooms upstairs. One of these is currently used as an office as it has external access from the wrap-around front veranda. There is a new family bathroom on this level.
A formal dining room, which can comfortably seat 12 or more, sits directly adjacent to the open plan kitchen. The kitchen offers a large gas cook top and oven with ample storage, preparation and eating areas. It is also bright and airy with windows on three sides. Next to to the kitchen is the open plan living room. From this french doors opens onto a balcony overlooking the back garden. This extensive entertaining area was constantly used by the current owners and offers both practicality and a historic charm that not too many homes can boast.
An internal staircase leads to the downstairs area. This includes another five rooms, plus a bathroom/laundry, garages and another patio which opens onto the back yard. Also at the downstairs level there are extensive storage areas. These include a fully enclosed store room and a further area which could be developed for any desired usage. The floor layout indicates the considerable size of this area. The back garden, which has vehicle access from the street, has room for the inclusion of a pool.
The character of this house has been enriched by it's occupants over the previous 120 years. Now, it's time for the Lady" Doon's next chapter. Make it yours!
- Air Conditioning
- Alarm System
- Built-In Wardrobes
- Close To Schools
- Close To Shops
- Close To Transport
2 garage spaces
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