Selling up to hit the road
They had planned to live in it forever, but then the opportunity to travel came up.
Ben and Emma William bought the vacant lot at 17 Arbour Street in leafy Sherwood in 2017, and designed what was meant to be their forever home.
They enlisted the help of Amores Designs, with the sprawling six bedroom, five bathroom house built in about 12 months.
“The builder who did our house was the same one that did that one on Virginia Avenue (Hawthorne) that sold for over $11 million last year,” Mrs William said.
But the couple, who have a three-year-old daughter, only lived in the house for a few months, deciding the market for riverfront properties in Brisbane was too good.
“It is a good time to sell a riverfront property, and we decided to capitalise on that, divest the property and go travelling as a family,” she said.
The 584sq m house is situated on a 858sq m block with 17.4m of river frontage.
Entry is via the foyer, which has soaring 6m ceilings and leads in to the open plan kitchen, dining and living area.
The designer kitchen has a cantilevered island bench and a large scullery with state-of-the-art inclusions.
The kitchen and dining area open on to an alfresco dining area that overlooks the pool.
Also on the ground floor is a media room, a bedroom with an ensuite, an office, and the laundry.
Upstairs, there are four more bedrooms, each with a walk-in-robe and access to two ensuites, and a sitting area.
The master suite with river views is also located on this level and includes a resort-style ensuite with twin stone bath, twin shower, marble wall tiles and designer fixtures and fittings in contemporary black.
The master retreat also includes its own office with private balcony and kitchenette.
Outside, the alfresco outdoor area includes a Beefeater BBQ and double height ceiling to make the most of the views.
The glass tiled pool has a sunken lounge and LED lighting, with glass pool fencing.
Other features include a wine cellar, American oak timber floors, block out blinds, a Sonos sound system, a three car lock up garage with red cedar timber doors and space for an additional five cars in the motorcourt inside the secure entry gates.
Mrs William said her own favourite spots were the alfresco entertaining area and pool, and the master retreat.
“The bedroom is a bit special,” she said. “It really occupies its own wing and the twin bath overlooks the river.
“Our whole family could fit in that bath and it was great waking up to the birdlife in that room.”