Spanish villa in Ascot lures expat Aussies home
AUSSIES returning home from overseas are among the registered bidders expected at Saturday’s auction of Capri, an 81-year-old Spanish mission-style villa in the heart of Ascot.
The opulent residence on 1224sq m at 37 Baldwin St, Ascot, was built in 1928 for Brisbane architect Roy Ashley Shaw.
It features a champion sized floodlit tennis court, a 13 metre lap pool, manicured landscaped gardens and a grand home with five bedrooms including a palatial master suite, four bathrooms and two lounges.
Ray White Ascot agent Penny Halliwell has opened the house twice a week over the campaign and 50 groups have viewed the property ahead of Saturday’s auction which starts onsite at 11am.
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“It appeals to families and apparently too, people with children who aren’t necessarily at home,” Ms Halliwell said.
“We’ve had a few interested parties from overseas, Australians coming back.
“There’ll be bidders on the phone as well as in person, but we’re just working that out now.”
When the owners stood at the gate of Capri in 2015, they immediately knew the Mediterranean-inspired estate in blue-chip Ascot was the one.
“You are more like a custodian than a homeowner,” Valeria Rodriguez said.
“The previous owners had done such a meticulous job restoring and extending it. I don’t know how they did it.”
Ms Rodriguez said the restoration was so well done, they only had to upgrade the security system.
“When we first walked in to the property, it was probably at the gate that we were won over,” she said.
“It is beautiful.”
From its landscaped gardens and wrought-iron front gates to the central courtyard, it is a private sanctuary on one of Brisbane’s prettiest streets.
Ms Rodriguez said the central courtyard was the family’s most loved area, with many of the main living rooms, including the kitchen, wrapping around the showstopper outdoor space.
“It is hard to explain the feeling in that space,” she said.
The kitchen faces out on to the courtyard, with Ms Rodriguez saying that even the most professional chef would be impressed.
It has a full suite of Miele and Gaggenau appliances, Vintec wine fridges, dual dishwashers and a butler’s pantry.
There is also a second lounge with a chandelier, fireplace and access to the floodlit tennis court and an alfresco dining room framed by french doors.
Also on this ground floor is a formal lounge with a gas fireplace place and views over the courtyard and pool, an office and a bedroom.
“You can’t beat being in front of that fire in the evening,” Ms Rodriguez said.
She said the grand staircase at the entrance to the home was another statement piece.
Upstairs there are four more bedrooms including the palatial master suite, which has its own walk-in robe and dressing area, ensuite and balcony.
“That rooftop retreat is the perfect spot for some reflection,” she said. “It overlooks the pool and the gardens, which are full of roses and birds.”
A second bedroom on this level also has a sunroom retreat. There is also an additional living space and a library on this floor.
Other features include the use of crema marfil marble tiles and black Japanese polished Victorian ash floors, a 13m lap pool, and the championship sized floodlit tennis court.
Ms Rodriguez said there had been many family functions and heated games on the tennis court.
But it is also the street itself she says they will miss.
“It is a beautiful, quiet street with wonderful neighbours who come together for the much-anticipated street Christmas party,” she said.
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