Queensland’s quirkiest homes come with bargain prices
From a home attached to an iconic grain silo to eco yurts, some of Queensland’s quirkiest homes are for sale at bargain prices.
In the most unlikely place imaginable, a Mongolian-inspired yurt is for sale in the Whitsundays by retired theatre nurse and owner-builder Lisa Gilmore.
Ms Gilmore built the round house at 60 Rossetti Rd, Gregory River, inspired by a traditional yurt which is a circular wooden structure but covered with felt.
“I have always been attracted to circle shapes, it’s a bit like a wedding ring, it’s eternal and from the sky it looked like a petal,” Ms Gilmore said.
“My father had always wanted a round house and in his last years he came to live with me and we started researching the concept. We bought the skeleton from Goulburn and the rest I built myself with the help of two very clever shipbuilders.
“It’s a big job to get the joins to go in the right way but every one is perfect.”
Keen to sell the property for more than $400,000, Ms Gilmore said she hoped the buyer was somebody who appreciated the wood work and intricacy of building a round house in a “piece of paradise”.
It took almost six years from concept to completion in a true labour of love project for Ms Gilmore who has recently moved from her semi-rural property on an acre of land on the Gregory River to be closer to Cannonvale.
Inside the walls there’s steel cables holding the whole structure together from the roof to the top of the walls, plus there’s a beautiful intricate pattern in the ceiling. There’s a cappola – perspex light – which has been certified by builders to let light in through the roof.
Ray White Whitsunday agent Simon Dymmott said the home needs to be seen to be appreciated.
For less than $1 million, the first ‘green’ yurts to be built in Australia are for sale at an award-winning eco village.
In Currumbin Valley, every pavilion at 8 Kooyan Close, was built using sustainable and recycled timber, with high ceilings and character rich French doors leading out to the central garden.
The five traditionally designed yurts at The Ecovillage at Currumbin are on a 1401sq m block of land selling for $985,000.
Ray White selling agent Camilla Skye said it was a unique property in a sustainable living estate.
“Not often do we see these properties come to the market on the Gold Coast,” Ms Skye said.
From the recycled Blackbutt parquetry flooring, ventilation through the complex cupola ceiling designs, hand built cabinetry and quirky fixtures and fittings, the attention to detail in craftsmanship is to be admired, she said.
In the Atherton Tablelands, a townhouse-style home attached to the iconic Kiari grain silos at 30 Godfrey Rd, is priced at $252,000.
The original office at the front of the structure has been renovated into a two-bedroom home.
Main Street Real Estate – Atherton agent Kath Johnson said the property came with all the conveniences you would look for in a house, but with a quirky difference.
“All the machinery from the silos have been kept with some pieces, restored and remaining in the home as a reminder of its past,” she said.
The four silos are untouched and remain in original condition with the counter weight lift still in place.
Ms Johnson said the owners, an elderly couple, were ready to downsize and travel.
“They have owned it for five years. Being heritage listed, the new owner can access grants available to expand on the opportunity on offer here,” she said.
Meanwhile in Gympie this week, a renovated concrete tank built in the 1930s, which once supplied water to a country township has sold for $800,000.
The Reservoir at 1A Pilcher Lane, was converted into a triple-level residential space by owners Ray and Bev Meads, and featured a penthouse level.
According to CoreLogic data, the median house price in Gympie is $330,000.
Century 21 Gympie principal and selling agent Billy Mitchell said a couple from the Sunshine Coast couldn’t look past the uniqueness of The Reservoir.
“It’s not your everyday day house and we knew we needed a unique buyer,” Mr Mitchell said.