Mixed emotions about selling dream ‘mini estate’ near Brisbane CBD

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The owners of this “mini estate” close to the Brisbane CBD spent many years looking for their dream home.

And they found it in 2011. But a change of circumstances means it is now time to sell up, and just the idea of it is enough to make the owner, Eva Scott, teary.

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“I am very sad to put it on the market. It is a stunning property,” Mrs Scott said.

“It is our dream home and property. It is so private and secluded, and we waited years to find it.

“We wanted land close to an acre but we could only find it in places like Pullenvale and Chelmer so when we saw this one, we just loved it.”

But the family now needs to move closer to family, but that doesn’t make letting go of the 1879sq m property any easier.

The character Colonial home had just two owners before the Scott family, and had been extensively renovated in 2010.

It has four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a powder room, a large office, parking for five vehicles and a heated pool.

But it is the large open, outdoor areas that hold a special place in Mrs Scott’s heart.

“The driveway is long and we would play tennis on it, and the kids would race go-carts up and down it,” she said.

They have also hosted many family Christmases on the property, and gatherings with family and friends around the pool.

Mrs Scott said the house itself was solidly built, and they too had made some improvements on the already spectacular inner-city house.

“We have done an enormous amount of gardening and also popped in a state-of-the-art security system,” she said.

“You can survey the whole property from a phone or computer.”

Other additions include double glazing in all of the bedrooms, effectively “soundproofing” the house. Acoustic insulation has also been installed under the house, keeping it warm in winter and cool in the summer.

“We also put in a material that NASA makes into the roof cavity so it is very quiet. You can’t even hear the rain or storms,” she said.

As for her favourite spaces in the house, Mrs Scott could not list just one.

“The living room has a beautiful, double flue fireplace and french doors that open to the view,” she said.

“And the office also has french doors so it feels like you are working or studying in the garden.”

Another favourite spot is the stunning kitchen, a space where Mrs Scott said the family spend a lot of time together.

“It is massive, has a large scullery and an enormous amount of storage,” she said.

“It also opens out on to the garden.”

The location of the property was also a major drawcard for the Scott family as it is only 5km from the city and within the catchments of a number of good schools.

Mrs Scott said it was a “very easy commute to everywhere”.

“It is very private but so close to everything,” she said.

“You just feel like you are living on this grand estate but you are within easy reach of the CBD.

“It will be very, very hard to leave.”

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