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Windermere 14 Sutherland Ave, Ascot


Windermere is a substantial picturesque single-storeyed chamferboard residence with corrugated iron roofs in the Queen Anne style. The house sits on a rise and is set back from Sutherland Avenue, overlooking gardens which contain mature trees.

The building and mature trees contribute to the Ascot townscape.

Brisbane pub baron Andrew Griffiths sold this Ascot residence for $10.2 million through estate agent Gail Havig, the highest residential property sale in Brisbane in seven years.


Windermere sits on 4,700 square metres on Sutherland Avenue.

It last traded at $3.5 million in 2001 when bought by Griffiths and his wife, Helen.

It has been sold to Chris Miers and his wife, Linda. 

This Ascot street gets its name from James Sutherland, a pastoralist who in 1855 acquired a substantial land holding in the area.

Built around the mid-1880s, the past residents read like a Who's Who of Brisbane's well-to-do residing behind its ornate gates, according to the yourbrisbane website.   

It is abundantly clear that the majority of Brisbane's brightest and most successful residents choose to call Hamilton and Ascot home.​

The sale price record for a home in Ascot was broken when this property, Windermere, at 14 Sutherland Avenue sold for $13.14 million on 15 March 2020

Windermere 14 Sutherland Ave, Ascot

It is believed that the old Windermere was demolished and a new house was built for Sutherland's daughter Ruth and her husband solicitor John George Appel on the site c. 1886 in a stylish filigree adaption of Queen Anne style.

The house may have been designed by architect Richard Gailey.

This single storey house of timber construction with wide verandahs which have been developed to form a spacious pavilion at the south-east corner. A large bay window, maintaining the symmetry, located on the other side of the main entry. Cast iron balustrading good example of design for the local climate.

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26 Mayfield Street Ascot, Qld 4007



26 Mayfield Street Ascot, Qld 4007

Brisbane's 'most beautiful Queenslander'

The sale price of one of Brisbane’s most beautiful Queenslanders has been revealed, with the grand estate at 26 Mayfield Street, Ascot, fetching $7.6 million.

Owned by Dr John Fenwick, a radiologist, and his interior designer wife Christin Fenwick, they are only the third owners of the stately home at 26 Mayfield St, Ascot.

Ms Fenwick said they had felt strongly that it should be restored and that the renovation reflect its original Queensland heritage.

One of the things Ms Fenwick enjoys most about the home are the clerestory windows which give views out to the tennis court.

26 Mayfield Street, Ascot was sold for $7,600,000 on 15 Jul 2017

  • This price was provided by: Hometrack Australia Pty Ltd

  • the new owner wanted to remain private, though the gorgeous seven-bedroom, five-bathroom home was under contract.


26 Mayfield Street, Ascot, is a beautiful, arresting home that is admired by many since its complete transformation to the current imposing and elegant form.

This family home has seven bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms, and vast living and entertaining spaces, both indoor and outdoor.

This historic property has a street presence that is second to none. This gorgeous home has been renovated and restored by renowned architect Derek Trebilcock accompanied by internationally recognised interior designer Mary Durack, to incorporate every modern luxury imaginable. 

The list of attributes is simply extraordinary. Beautiful black butt floating floors give a soft feel and warmth to the family environment and are complimented by solid timber tongue and groove wall panelling, and timber coffered ceilings.

All areas open out onto the expansive rear decks, covered courtyard, rotunda, and grounds through French doors and double hung windows. 

When entering the front gate and walking through the formal front garden prepare to be amazed at the feeling of stepping into a French villa as the front rooms are revealed through the imposing front entry.

The formal sitting room with imported French fire place, formal dining room, and music room, all with pressed metal ceilings and panelled walls give a feeling of grace, charm, and luxury that is matched in few homes. 

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Clonlara, 150 Adelaide Street E, Clayfield, QLD

Clonlara of Clayfield, a landmark Federation home, sold for the first time in 60 years for $7 million, which smashes the record for Clayfield, one of Brisbane’s most exclusive suburbs.

The century-old Queenslander was home to the late Sir Edward and Lady Dorothy Williams for 60 years.

 Daughter Zilla Lyons told The Courier-Mail her parents bought the house in the late 1950s, attracted by its size.

 “They also needed space for their growing family (the first seven of their eight children were born in nine years) and accommodating all those children necessitated some practical modifications to the original layout,’’ she said.

 This included turning what was originally a billiard room into a “glamorous girls’ dormitory’’ and enclosing a back veranda to provide a large sunroom during winter.

 She said a little house near the tennis courts was built as a wonderful Christmas present for the girls, which they treated like a large dolls’ house.

The property comes with two championship-sized tennis courts.

Sir Edward Williams was a respected Queensland legal identity, a former Queenslander of the Year, Australian of the Year, Father of the Year, Chairman of the Commonwealth Games in 1982 and Commissioner General of Expo 88.

Many of the six-bedroom home’s original period features have been preserved including the grand entry foyer which leads to formal dining and lounge rooms.

A light airy quality to the home is achieved with the versatility of timber and blinds on the sweeping north easterly verandah. At the press of a button, blinds rise to offer cross ventilation maximising the cooling Moreton Bay breezes.

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Clonara, 150 Adelaide Street E, Clayfield, QLD
Blair Lodge, 242 Kingsford Smith Drive, Hamilton, QLD


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Blair Lodge, 242 Kingsford Smith Drive, Hamilton, QLD

Around $5-6 million

Blair Lodge, formerly the Munro Residence, is significant as a fine example of the Federation Queen Anne style of architecture in a landscaped setting.

The building clearly displays many typical characteristics of this idiom such as the steeply pitched terra cotta tiled roof, bay windows, multipaned sashes and painted timber detailing on the verandahs, whilst adapting this style to the Queensland tradition of timber houses (Criteria D.2).

The residence is significant as a building designed by Claude Chambers and is one of the few examples of his domestic work, as he was mainly involved in non residential work. (Chambers is particularly noted for his commercial building work).

The residence is also significant for its deliberate siting as a prominent landmark in a residential area overlooking the Brisbane River .

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Built at a time when Hamilton was undergoing rapid growth, expanding its status as a suburb of the elite and well-to-do, Blair Lodge is an excellent representative example of the extensive middle class residential development that occurred in the Hamilton area at the beginning of the twentieth century. It is also significant for its considerable aesthetic qualities.

The residence is a timber building and is a fine example of the Federation Queen Anne style of architecture. The building is built on high timber stumps with a terra cotta tiled roof.

The roof shape is steeply pitched and has a number of attic rooms, which have projecting bay windows clad with shingles, all of which give the building its picturesque quality.

A red brick Queen Anne style chimney rises up through the roof. Other decorative features include multipaned sashes, the arched timberwork of the verandah which runs on two sides of the building, and the timber battening between the stumps.


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Cremorne, 34 Mullens Street Hamilton


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Cremorne, 34 Mullens Street Hamilton 


This amazing home at 34 Mullens St, Hamilton, was one of the biggest sales in Brisbane in 2017/18 for just under $6 million.

Standing over two levels and the only Brisbane example of the domestic work of renowned Sydney architects Eaton and Bates, Cremorne commands 180 degree views encompassing the CBD and Brisbane River from its selection of gazebos, verandahs, and from nearly every room.

Cremorne is heritage-listed and was built from 1905 to 1906. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 21 October 1992.​

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Renovated by Award winning architect Brian Donovan this renovation received the 2009 State Residential Architecture Houses Award.  

This iconic estate has the elegant heritage exterior of a Queenslander but inside, the home has received a complete contemporary restoration and heritage approved pavilion extension.

Its exquisite internal features include stained glass windows, 13 foot high ceilings, three fireplaces, chandeliers and polished timber flooring. 


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Rangemoor, 165 Adelaide St. East,   Clayfield QLD​

Rangemoor, 165 Adelaide St E, Clayfield, QLD 
Rangemoor, Clayfield Landmark 


Designed at the turn of last century by Robin Dods, one of Queenslands most celebrated Architects of the period.

  • One of Brisbane’s finest residences located in Clayfields most exclusive address.

  • Sold for $5,800,000 on 22/03/2010

This grand Queenslander situated on an enormous 2,762 sqm allotment is set back from the street down a long driveway past an elegant north/south facing lawn tennis court and lush tropical & sub tropical plantings.

  • Thoughtfully renovated, the interior reflects all the charm and character of yesteryear married with modern conveniences.

  • The exterior is encircled by one of Dod’s characteristically beautiful serpentine wide verandahs.

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Killara 92 Windermere Rd Hamilton QLD 4007


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Killara 92 Windermere Rd Hamilton QLD 4007

Estimated price, around $5 million.

Killara is significant as an excellent example of the work of the architect A E Brooks. Killara is also considered significant because of its high degree of intactness, both externally and internally, which is rare. 

It clearly illustrates the characteristics of the Queensland Federation style and the influence of the practice in which he was working at the time: Hall and Dods (Criterion D.2). 
This shows through in its artistic and technical excellence and its urbane, reserved detailing, proportioning and planning (Criterion F.1). 




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Killara is a timber building with a Marseilles tiled roof, designed in a sophisticated refinement of the Queensland Federation style.

The main entrance is in a projecting wing with a decorative timber gabled roof.

A generous verandah, with French doors opening onto it, surrounds the house on three sides.


Internally, the house has large carefully detailed rooms. The house retains much of the original furniture.

An interesting polygonal bay window is featured in the large living room, and more orthodox rectangular bay windows are used in the master bedroom and dining room.

Each bedroom is virtually self contained with either built in cupboards and/or wash basins. Internally, black Japan stained doors, mouldings and architraves are contrasted with painted vertical jointed boarding.

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Ruhamah, 23 Killara Avenue Hamilton QLD 4007



Ruhamah, 23 Killara Avenue Hamilton QLD 4007

One of the most beautiful Queenslanders that Brisbane has to offer: properties like "Ruhamah" are as rare as they are magnificent.

This home is set on eight separate titles with a total land size of 4258 sqm, making this 112 year old property one of the largest private holdings in Hamilton and Ascot.
This unique home has had only had four families live there, with the current owners residing in the property for over 26 years.



This substantial residence was built between 1900-1902 for politician and businessman Thomas Morrow who helped establish Morrow and Rankin’s (later Arnott’s) biscuit confectionary.

At the time the house was constructed, Hamilton had established itself as one of Brisbane’s most prestigious residential suburbs and ‘Ruhamah’ positioned itself among many other fine houses already located in the area.

The house, which has undergone some alterations since the 1990s, remained in the Morrow family until 1948.

It’s hard to say whether the indoors or the outdoors are more grand, with features including a tennis court, indoor pool room, a billiards room and hallway chandeliers.



  • It has a special association with the life or work of politician and businessman Thomas Morrow whose biscuit manufacturing firm later became Arnott’s Biscuits.

The home has been meticulously restored and maintained with many features, a championship tennis court and an indoor pool house, to name but a few.















The grandeur and location make "Ruhamah" a stand-alone opportunity to purchase one of the most beautiful Queenslander's Brisbane has to offer.

Six Bedrooms, seven Bathrooms, seven Car Spaces; Land Size 4258 m2.

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Avondale, 26 Thornbury St, Spring Hill 

A historical trophy home worth over $2.5 million

The Brisbane bold home with rich history, Avondale, has been listed for sale by Sam Mayes and Zac Tully from Ray White.

It was built in 1912 by William Francis Corbett, a lawyer from Toorak Road in Hamilton, who also owned the Carlton Hotel in Queen Street. 

Avondale has enjoyed a rich history serving as a boarding house in the 1950s before becoming home to a well-known journalist and then a prominent Brisbane builder, who completed significant expansions in the 1980s.

It last sold in 2012 at $2.5 million.

"I love things that have a sense of timelessness, whether they’re from 50 years ago, or last year. To me design is the most important thing of all.”

It was with that thought in mind that landed antique dealer Suzy Baines at the doorstep of 26 Thornbury St, Spring Hill, five years ago.

Avondale, 26 Thornbury St, Spring Hill

Avondale has six bedrooms, three bathrooms and multiple living spaces.

The kitchen was completely renovated and the original kitchen fireplace now houses a pair of V-Zug ovens.

Renovated in 2006, the light fittings, wiring, security system and air-conditioning were all upgraded.


Extra features include double-hung, full-length sash windows, pressed metal ceilings, and two working fireplaces with marble surrounds.

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Feniton (Fenton) 388 Bowen Terrace, New Farm


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Fenton (Feniton) 388 Bowen Terrace, New Farm

Once the home of a Queensland Premier, this 111-year-old New Farm home has finally been entered onto the state's heritage register.

The 1907-built Bowen Terrace home, Feniton, was designed by architect Robin Dods, who was recognised as one of Brisbane's leading architects in the early 20th century.

Feniton is recognised as a classic example of Brisbane's Federation-era architecture.

The old home is recognised as a classic example of Dod's skill in Federation-style architecture, featuring spacious formal and informal rooms, a dominant roof, wide verandahs and a piazza with a northeast aspect.

Set back from Bowen Terrace, the remarkable old home offers a glimpse into Brisbane's earlier years.

Former Queensland Premier Edward Theodore, who led the state from 1919 to 1925, lived in the house during his tenure.


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Originally known as “Feniton” and built in 1906-07, the house is sited on a 1,292-square-metre block at 388 Bowen Terrace in the inner-Brisbane suburb of New Farm.

The site has a second frontage on Oxley Lane at the rear.

From 1916 to 1927, it was the home of Edward Granville Theodore, Queensland’s premier from 1919 to 1925.

According to its heritage statement, “Feniton is important in demonstrating the lifestyle of Brisbane’s prosperous elite in the inner suburbs of Brisbane during the early 20th century.”

The house is set back 25 metres from Bowen Terrace and is surrounded by large gardens at the front and rear. The highset timber house has verandahs on three sides and a steeply pitched roof with projecting brick chimneys.

“Feniton forms part of a group of major works or ‘first quality houses’ of the middle period of the Hall and Dods practice (1901-09), a group described as comprising ‘most of the interesting houses designed by Dods,’” its heritage statement notes.

“Feniton is important for its Federation aesthetic, successfully combining Arts and Crafts and Classical elements in a pleasingly proportioned asymmetrical high-set house with dominant roof, wide verandahs, piazza with a northeast aspect, and visually firm connection to the ground.

Largely intact, it demonstrates, internally and externally, fine architectural quality and skilful arrangement of generous and refined formal and informal spaces that evoke a sense of an earlier, gracious lifestyle.”

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