This Clayfield home sold for $2.8m when it hit the market for the first time in almost 40 years
A house that hit the market for the first time in almost 40 years has sold for a whopping $2.8 million.
Known as Highgate, the home, which sits on 1712sq m of land in the heart of blue chip Clayfield, was built in the 1920s, and was previously owned by Elizabeth Hart, the second woman to be admitted as a solicitor in Queensland.
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Hart sold the home to Patricia and Steve Woolhouse in 1982 and it has been retained by the family ever since.
Their son Daniel Woolhouse said after his parents bought the home, they carried out
substantial renovation works.
“They did quite a bit of work to it,” he said. “They renovated it and extended it in the
late ’80s to early ’90s, adding an open-plan kitchen, dining and rumpus room, attic and
the billiard room.”
Some years later the couple also added a freestanding office.
“All of the work they had done was carried out in such a meticulous way so as to tie into
the original house that you can’t tell what is new and what was old,” Mr Woolhouse said.
The property was marketed by Ray White New Farm agent Christine Rudolph, who said three registered bidders battled to buy the property when it went to auction on Saturday.
“What is lovely about this one is that during the auction campaign I was able to meet with family of all of the previous owners, from the Walsh, Hart and Woolhouse families,” she said.
“Each family had an emotional attachment to the home and for the Woolhouse family (the vendors), they were happy to see it sold to another family who will appreciate it and take it into its next chapter,” Ms Rudolph said.
Bidding for the property started at $1 million, but jumped in $500,000 lots, before pausing at $2.7 million.
Ms Rudolph said the property was then announced on the market at $2.8 million, and sold under the hammer to a prominent Queensland pastoral family.
“It was really lovely as post auction the vendors got a chance to meet with the new owners,” she said.
Highgate has six bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, an office plus a separate office/studio with a balcony.
Designed by Richard Gailey, it has a mix of formal and informal living spaces with ornate original features such as a working fireplace, lead lighting, french doors, hardwood floors, decorative horse-hair plaster ceilings, hand cut crystal chandeliers and antique bronze light fittings.
Its north-facing, wide verandas overlook the saltwater swimming pool, pergola and large level garden and lawn.