Rugby star Stephen Moore reveals his Brisbane forever home
FORMER Wallabies captain Stephen Moore has finally revealed his Brisbane dream home — two years after first tackling the new challenge.
After living in 12 different properties over the past decade, the Queensland rugby legend and his wife, Courtney, are putting down roots, having finished building their forever home in the sought-after suburb of Paddington.
“We were talking about this dream for so long,” Mr Moore told The Courier-Mail.
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“For almost two years, we were planning, designing and looking at models on a computer screen, and then when we were actually standing inside it, it was surreal.”
The Howard Street property was once home to a rundown, character house, which was torn down to make way for the modern masterpiece that exists now.
Records show Moore bought the original, two-bedroom house on the site a decade ago for $1.4 million, just before he moved to Canberra.
On the high side of Howard Street — next door to former Bronco Darren Lockyer’s old house — the property offers panoramic views of Brisbane city and surrounds.
Mr Moore has had more time on his hands since retiring from international rugby in 2017.
On their return to Brisbane, the couple started designing a family home that would accommodate their three children.
To achieve their vision, they engaged architect, Tim Stewart, and builder, Graya Construction.
The new house is not your average Queenslander.
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It has five bedrooms over three levels — all boasting views of the city.
“When we first walked into the house, it was a bit surreal,” Mr Moore said.
“You’ve been talking about this dream for so long. For almost two years, we were planning, designing and looking at models on a computer screen, and then you’re actually standing inside it.
“It was a feeling of achievement mixed with this sense of relief.”
High quality materials such as timber, PGH Bricks & Pavers brickwork and polished concrete have been used in neutral tones.
A brick feature wall and an archway in the backyard add a stylish touch, while keeping the home low maintenance and child-friendly.
“The challenge was that we needed a material that could stand the test of time for our kids, but we still wanted it to feel very minimalist and stylish,” Mrs Moore said.
“It looks really beautiful, and we don’t need to worry about cleaning it after the kids rub their dirty hands on the wall when they run up the stairs or play outside.”
The minimalistic kitchen features Caesarstone benchtops and Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances.
“We wanted to make sure the kitchen was positioned we could see our children playing in the pool while we were cooking or in the living room,” Mrs Moore said.
Mr Moore said they planned to live in the home for at least the next decade.
“There’s something to be said about designing a home with and for the people you love most,” Mr Moore said.
“After all this time, we’ve got a place we can call home — and that’s a really good feeling.”
Mr Moore owns a number of other properties in Brisbane, including a house in Red Hill and units in South Brisbane and Alderley.