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Lady Luck is with you all the way when you acquire this unique property on two titles of 1012m2, making it a whopping 2024m2 estate.
Read on for the amazing features of this well-preserved example of Australian architecture. Or, if you’re after something with guaranteed uplift, this beauty comes on separate titles and is being offered in one line—so you get a house and vacant block to enjoy as is, or chance to sell-off, if you wish.
Sitting pretty on the rise of Eastbourne Terrace and Cowes Street, you’ll find this gracious Queenslander tucked into a natural habitat with tropical gardens, yet offering sustainable and subsistent-living. With everything you could want from a solid home, number 73-75 is sure to impress, having good bones and becalming water views.
The minute you set eyes on this lady, you’ll appreciate her many original features (classic gable, sunray-style French doors, ceiling roses, hopscotch windows and hardwood timber floors); and those embellished to make island-life enjoyable, such as wide entertaining decks, sun-sails for shade and open space all around.
A real community spirit exists in this pocket of Macleay Island. Even the local dog, Pickle, is a regular visitor to most homes, bringing a smile as she seeks titbits. A quick stroll to the shops and ferry via Scarborough Terrace, highlights the vista over the bay toward Karragarra and Lamb islands. Gentle lapping water soothes the mind, while you take a seat at the neighbourhood bench for a sundowner or friendly chat with locals.
The wide, turfed nature-strip adds instant street-appeal as you slip through the Lilly-Pilly hedge, to your welcoming front-yard. A gravel driveway from the only curb-and-guttered street on Macleay, leads you to a massive carport and adjoining an under-house storage area with power, workbenches and racking. Plus, there’s room for the caravan and boat with extra parking on the vacant block.
The few steps up to the front porch, tease you onto the large timber decks (added 2018) with floating waterproof sails above, providing a fantastic outdoor-living experience all-year-round. Blending the holiday feel of balmy days and water views perfumed with jasmine nights, this happy home invites you indoors to her bright interior, bursting with history.
Enter via double glass-doors to the conservatory-style dining space; a regal setting for a dinner party, or cosy space for board-games on a rainy winter’s day. The original hardwood floors have had many shoes upon them, but look freshly polished as you traverse the lounge-room to the farmhouse kitchen with its statement subway-tiled walls.
VJ wall-panelling, soaring 15-feet ceilings and an open fireplace, makes the living space feel like the heart of the home, with the kitchen just beyond the noise-dampening glass panels, soaking-up the ambiance of the white timber cabinetry supporting the midnight-black and starry-speckled benchtop.
An island-bench made from a bespoke dresser, topped with a camphor laurel workspace, stands proud in the modern kitchen with dishwasher, upright gas cooker and oven. The black grout in the recessed cooking zone, adds some urban grunt and would look fantastic with a feature agar installed.
A corner-pantry at the back-door separates the rear deck and a funky laundry with an extra loo. This space could easily be converted to a butler’s pantry with barn door (in-keeping with the farmhouse style) and the laundry could be moved downstairs, in a pinch.
The North-facing morning deck is perfect for breakfast with the birds. A single run of stairs lure you to the abundant backyard, with a security gate at the top. The original sunray glass back-door and hopscotch windows with shades, all add to the charm of this fabulous blueberry-and-buttermilk weather-board Queenslander.
You’ll hear the garden buzzing with life and see you’ve everything you could want to be self-sufficient:
- Birdsong and wildlife
- Mulch and compost bays
- Walk-in chicken coop (large and full height)
- Green-house (9m x 4m) for nurturing your seedlings
- A winding spring-fed creek that spills into a neighbouring ‘dam’
- Ancient gums and magnificent towering trees
- Sugarcane palms and tropical fruits (mango, pineapple, banana, jackfruit, etc.)
- Thriving orchard (pomegranate, grape, coffee, plum, apple, lime, peanuts etc.)
- Veggie gardens with irrigation
- Septic system with water treatment plant
Back upstairs, park your boots at the door and head to the sleeping zone. Bedroom-two conveniently adjoins the sunny back-deck. It’s large with a wall of built-ins, overhead ceiling-fan and double windows, bringing-in the greenery of the outdoors and freshness of crisp air.
A compact bathroom sits between the bedrooms for added privacy and acts like an ensuite to each of them. It has tons of natural light, a timber vanity, curved shower-recess and toilet with grab rail.
The large master-suite has a ceiling-fan, reverse-cycle Haier air con and unique French doors with bubble-infused glass spilling onto the oversized front-deck, while traditional hopscotch windows face East, overlooking the entertaining area. You could effortlessly transform this room to the main entry with dining flowing to the outdoors, then use the current dining space as the main bedroom, with direct-access to the breezy porch.
So many wonderful doorways and possibilities. You could even add further rooms downstairs (subject to council approval), taking advantage of this high-set home with maximum head-room, waiting to be opened-up to the serenity of the lush landscape.
There’s blinds to all West-facing windows and curtains elsewhere. Instantaneous gas hot-water cuts energy bills, while the natural light-filled rooms also save on electricity. Growing all your food and being close to nature, you’ll enjoy this private and tranquil setting with low-maintenance gardens (although a ride-on mower could be negotiated).
The walls of this 70-plus house, hold stories of the characters who lived here and filled it with good cheer and positive energy. This home nurtures and breathes with you, inviting you in, never wanting to leave its warmth and peaceful vibe. It’s the entertainer house with a street-party feel, in a tight neighbourhood of forever friends.
If you’re feeling lucky and want to secure this unique offering of a grand home on 2 titles, with water views, then call Chris McGregor on 0420 555 997. There’s two chances to win here and only one winner—let it be you!
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