Why buyers are snapping up Queenslander-style home
TRADITIONAL and replica Queenslander-style homes are being snapped up prior to auction, with enthusiastic buyers doing everything they can to secure one of the icons.
And its not just diehard Queenslanders who are keen to get their hands on a piece of history, or at least a modern version of it.
Known for its character features, and designed to suit the balmy Queensland climate, the style is even in hot demand with interstate buyers.
A modern replica Queenslander at Morningside was due to go under the hammer yesterday, but was sold a week prior for $1.15 million.
Place Bulimba agent Shannon Harvey said the property sold to an local family, but had garnered plenty of attention fro, m would-be Sydney buyers.
“I had heaps of people from Sydney through,” she said. “We are finding the Queenslander-style, whether it be traditional or replica, are very popular with that interstate market.
“They charm, character and street appeal which is hugely popular.
“I wish I had more of them (on the market)”.
The two-storey five bedroom home at 102 Belgrave Street was designed to make the most of high ceilings, open plan living spaces, and breezes.
Ms Harvey said the new owners were “the most enthusiastic” buyers, and were determined to take it off the market before auction.
A traditional Queenslander built in the 1930s was also snapped up prior to auction, with Place Graceville agent Peter May selling 82 Chelmer Street West at Chelmer for $880,000 on Friday.
The four bedroom house, which has been modernised, sits on a 486sq m, and has many traditional features including decorative breezeways and archways, VJ walls, pine floors and French doors.
Mr May said the property’s charm was its biggest selling point, with the house being bought by a couple relocation from western Queensland.
“We had 72 groups through the house during the campaign,” he said. “They were a mix of investors, couples, families and first home buyers.
“It was so popular because it is that traditional Queenslander in a great position close to amenities.”
Mr May said they were also getting a lot of inquiries from buyers looking to secure an off-market sale.
Meanwhile, one of the biggest auction sales of the day also went to an older property — a three bedroom penthouse in a small block of eight units at Highgate Hill.
Perhaps proof that what’s old is hot again, the property sold under the hammer for $1.14 million.
Ray White New Farm agent George Petavrakis said three of the 10 registered bidders raised paddles during the auction, with bidding starting at $900,000.
He said the fact the penthouse was in a smaller development surrounded by greenery and on the city fringe had been a popular combination for buyers.