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It can’t be denied that home ownership is all about functionality; floor plan, land size and building technicalities are critical and can make or break a property.
But every so often, you come across a home that sets aside humdrum design in favour of something special and different — and often it’s these homes that are the most spectacular combinations of liveability and inspiration.
We’ve hand-picked some of the most fascinating architectural wonders on the Brisbane market right now.
However, be warned: creative flair doesn’t come cheap.
305/64 Macquarie Street, Teneriffe QLD 4005
Price: $1.1-$1.2 million
3 bed, 3 bath, 2 car
Agent: Grace and Keenan, Doug Stronach 0412 448 991
Set in one of Teneriffe’s heritage-listed wool stores, this three-bedroom apartment has been beautifully designed to incorporate every vintage detail.
Agent Doug Stronach said the home’s position on the top floor of the historic building delivered plenty of light and space.
“The residence has the original sawtooth roofline through the entire apartment, with the exposed wooden trusses showcasing eight-metre-high ceilings,” he said.
“The repolished original hardwood floors of the building are also stunning to walk on.
“[It] is perfect for the owner-occupier who is downsizing from their house and requires space or the interstate buyer that requires a Brisbane-based, inner-city location close to excellent infrastructure, cafes, restaurants, bars and nightlife.”
91 Thynne Avenue, Norman Park QLD 4170
5 bed, 3 bath, 2 car
Agent: Place Estate Agents Woolloongabba, Denis Najzar 0438 457 599, Savva Koulouris 0431 208 199
From the outside, this house looks like something you’d come across in a modern art gallery — and inside is no different.
With sharp modernist lines, exposed brick and a mix of concrete and marble, the entire home speaks to an aesthetic of architectural industrial chic.
It was designed by renowned architects Twohill and James, whose artistic vision and eye for detail is present in every room.
Especially attractive is the interesting mix of detailing in brass, marble, stone and warm New Guinea rosewood.
50 Crase Street, Teneriffe QLD 4005
Price: Offers over $3.2 million
4 bed, 3 bath, 2 car
Agent: Ray White New Farm, Nicholas Given 0439 193 920, Scott Darwon 0401 151 090
Designed by architect Craig Channon and outfitted by interior designer Alexandra McMillan, this house perfectly melds the quintessential Queensland cottage with modern innovation.
Luxury is the aim here, with bluestone tiles, custom French oak floors, a bespoke floating staircase and custom Vanguard louvre system.
That’s alongside the concealed gymnasium, heated mosaic-tiled pool, fireplace and wine cellar.
With a bright, white facade and airy, summery feel, the home is utterly bespoke, but feels effortless.
30 Banya Street, Bulimba QLD 4171
Price: High $2 millions
4 bed, 3 bath, 3 car
Agent: Ray White East Brisbane, Angela Jones 0417 786 326
This unique property emanates resort-style living, with plenty of private outdoor entertaining areas, landscaped greenery and eye-catching water features throughout.
Agent Angela Jones said the home would be perfect for purchasers who love to entertain but value their privacy and independence.
“The spectacular use of water features surrounding the house and numerous tropical outdoor areas make the home special,” she said.
“It’s also the only low-set design of its calibre in the area and showcases leafy, tranquil views from every room.
“The unique and well thought out use of light and space throughout the entire house, including the garage and pool room, offers a great Queensland lifestyle.”
65 Arthur Terrace, Red Hill QLD 4059
Price: $2.69 million +
5 bed, 3 bath, 2 car
Agent: Urban Property Agents, Ben Wakely 0405 000 219, Daniel Argent 0402 214 900
Set on 933 square metres of prime real estate, this collaboration between architect Nick Tyson and the owner-designer was completed in late 2017 after two years of carefully rebuilding the bones of the property.
Clean, sophisticated and with a striking black extension, the home’s aesthetic is one of quiet luxury, with a focus on simple lines and eye-catching contrasts.
Special features include custom stained joinery, a granite island bench, bespoke lighting, original french doors and floors and a Di Pietra grey marble kitchen.
The spacious lawns and green-glass-tiled pool outside are also pretty impressive.