Richlister Kevin Seymour’s best piece of property advice and how he’s realised his dream home


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Developer Kevin Seymour (centre) with grandsons Trent Seymour and Ben Seymour at the site of their new display suite for ‘The Oxlade’ on Oxlade Drive, New Farm Picture: AAP Image/Richard Walker.

Queensland richlister Kevin Seymour has had a major hand in buildings that shaped modern Brisbane and across parts of the state. He spoke to Sophie Foster about what home means to him, and how he’s already realised his dreams.

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Where do you live and why?

We live in Teneriffe, right on the border of New Farm. With a busy business schedule, we like to live close to the City with easy access. We enjoy the convenience of all the shops, restaurants, cinemas, parks, river walk, etc that abound in the area.

And of course, enjoy the ever changing scenery of the Brisbane river and skyline and being able to moor our boat outside our front door.

What do you love about your home?

Our home has been specifically designed to produce panoramic views not only of the Brisbane River, but also the CBD skyline. It has fantastic cross flow ventilation minimising the need for costly airconditioning.

What would you change about your home?

Nothing structurally, however it is now 12 years old and we are currently refurbishing and modernising internally.

File picture of Kevin Seymour at his Teneriffe apartment. He’s currently refurbishing and modernising his home Picture: Mark Cranitch.

What is the best thing about your suburb?

What is there that Teneriffe/New Farm/Newstead doesn’t already offer? New Farm itself is very leafy and green with a good number of large parks and a wide range of colonial and pre-1940 timber and tin homes that have been or are undergoing serious renovations that blend in well with the modern high rises that are springing up in the area and adding to the vibrancy of our suburb. These all add to the charm of the area, and of course not forgetting the fabulous river walk which is well and truly used by locals.

The Village atmosphere is quiet and un-intrusive and the area has excellent transport choices to the city. An ideal oasis close to the CBD.

If money was no option, what would be your fantasy home and where? Villa in Capri? Chalet in the Swiss Alps?

My fantasy home would be in none other than New Farm/Teneriffe. It has everything one could want in life. It can be as exclusive, as relaxed and as vibrant as you choose it to be. It’s the perfect living environment for young and old alike.

What was the best piece of property advice you were given? Or what was the biggest lesson you learned?

The best piece of property advice was to acquire a site on the Brisbane River close to the city Price escalation has proven to be the highest and best in Queensland. There is no better an investment.


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