Story Bridge Climb couple ready for next property adventure
THE owners of the Story Bridge Climb have listed their Kalinga Queenslander for sale as they prepare to downsize.
John and Megan Sharpe are well known identities in the Brisbane tourism industry, founding the Story Bridge Climb in addition to owning or co-owning outdoor activities company Riverlife, Tangalooma tour business Tangatours, P & O Edge, Walkabout Creek Adventures and Northshore Harbour restaurant.
Mr Sharpe said he and his wife purchased their property at 78 Lodge Rd, Kalinga in the 1995, back when the suburb still part of Wooloowin.
The Sharpes raised their two children in the home and are now selling to buy a smaller Queenslander.
“We raised, extended and renovated the home based on the idea of (a family with) three or four children,” Mr Sharpe said.
“We only ended up have two children and now one has gone to study in London so we really need something that suits this time of our life.”
While the couple have completed extensive renovations, including building in the downstairs area and adding a pool to the side of the home, the property still retains many of its character features including a bay window, timber floors and VJ walls.
“This house was built at turn of the 19th century and has really lovely things like old the gas line for the gas lights that were put in after the house was built, and the breezeways that were designed to celebrate the federation,” Mr Sharpe said.
Sitting on an 810sq m double block, the house has an open-plan living and dining space upstairs, along with a kitchen that flows out to the huge back deck.
There are four bedrooms on this level along with two bathrooms.
Downstairs there is a fifth bedroom, third bathroom, lounge, multipurpose space, studio and soundproof gym and workshop. A custom floating internal staircase links the two levels.
Outside, the rear patio overlooks the lap pool. The home also has an attic storage space.
“There’s a couple of things I really love about the house,” Mr Sharpe said.
“I love that it’s a house we rarely have to heat or (cool). And I love the beautiful, big old tree out the back that has a trunk the size of small car.
“It’s a tree we’ve climbed and built cubby houses underneath.”
Mr Sharpe said he would be sad to say goodbye to the home after nearly 25 years but he was ready to move on.
“I think the children will miss it more,” he said.
“They have spent their whole lives, their childhoods living here.”