• Jon Ruwolt

Loving their Queenslanders

Updated: Oct 20, 2020

When it comes to homes, Queenslanders love a Queenslander.


- From a story in the NT News by Lisa Hughes, Real Estate Editor, October 12, 2020

  1. Foley House, 75 Woodstock Road, Toowong Qld

  2. Birkdale House, 27 Roger Street, Birkdale Qld

  3. Amity, 101 Welsby Street, New Farm

  4. Cintra House, 23 Boyd St, Bowen Hills Qld

  5. Book "The Building of a Queensland House"

The Courier and Sunday Mail recently featured the Qld Top 50 Homes list. This allows readers to vote for their own favourites, if they disagree with their position on the published list.

  • Despite featuring multi-million dollar coastal properties with views to die for, and luxury inner-city houses dripping with high-end features, readers have shown that their preference is for a more historical offering.

  • According to the readers’ ranking, three of the top ten favoured homes are heritage properties, with a fourth sitting just outside the ten at No. 11.

Foley House, 75 Woodstock Road, Toowong Qld

Top Queenslander, Foley House Toowong Qld
Foley House has been ranked as No. 3 in the Top 50 Homes list by readers

Foley House at 75 Woodstock Road, Toowong, which sold this year for $2.55 million, sight unseen, to an expat, came in at No. 3 on the readers’ list; the Courier Mail had it at a much more modest No. 45.

  • Built in 1916, Foley House is one of the original Queenslander homes in Brisbane’s west.

Foley House covers 1465 sqm, comprising three lots.

  • It was once owned by Queensland politician and the city’s fifth mayor, Albert Hockings and his wife, Elizabeth.

  • The second owner of the house was the Foley family.

  • In 1939 Clare Foley became the fourth woman to be admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of Queensland.

  • The property has had only one other owner since, until its sale in August.

The six-bedroom, four-bathroom house is rich in character features such as pressed-metal ceilings, leadlight glass windows and French doors.

  • Recently Sold for $2,550,000 - 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and 4 car spaces

  • "A grand estate of historic significance, 'Foley House' is a treasured c.1916 home infused with elegance, old world beauty and modern charm".

- Slideshow: Foley House at 75 Woodstock Road, Toowong (use < , > to view)

It was updated in 2002 by the architect Andrew Gildea, who opened up the lower level, added new stairs, a deck and a pool.


Birkdale House, 27 Roger Street, Birkdale Qld