HER name means beauty and radiance, and this period home in prestigious Hamilton has aged gracefully.
Named Evelyn, the circa 1930s residence at 79 Windermere Road was bought by Amita and Mark Riksen in 2016, but with their son now studying in the US, and their daughter soon to follow suit, it is time to follow their childrens dreams.
“We had been living in Brisbane since 2010 and when we found out we would be here for longer, we decided it was time to buy a home for the children,” Mr Riksen said.
“We called this one the Hansel and Gretel house.
“It just looked like it was made from cookies and marzipan, like something straight out of a childrens book.”
Traditional features blend with the latest mod cons.
The couple, who both work in the oil and gas sector, said they were drawn to the age and history of the house, plus the modern renovations that have already been completed.
Mr Riksen they got “the best of both worlds” — a traditional home with the latest mod cons.
A grand portico entrance, soaring red brick chimney, period shutters and established manicured gardens add to the street appeal of the house, which sits on a 809sq m north-facing block.
Split over two levels, four bedrooms including the master suite with ensuite and walk-in-robe occupy the upper level of the residence.
On the ground floor, the traditional features continue as you enter the house, with a hallway dominated by polished timber floors, a timber staircase and chandelier.
Off this hallway is a study and a formal lounge with period ceilings, lead light sliding doors, feature chandeliers and a fireplace. Adjoining the formal lounge is a formal dining room, which has French doors opening on to an alfresco terrace with sandstone flooring.
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Moving towards the back of the house, there is an open plan kitchen with custom shaker-style cabinetry, Calacutta marble bench space, period tap ware and large butler’s pantry.
This kitchen/dining space opens in to a family living room with vaulted ceilings, parquetry flooring and stacker doors that lead out on to a veranda that overlooks the pool.
The back of the house has been extended
Mr Riksen said his favourite space was the kitchen, describing it as the place “we cooked, we ate, we talked, as a family”.
“It truly was the heart of the house,” he said. “We watched our kids grow up but our little people are not so little anymore, they are leaving, so it is time for someone else to enjoy it.
“They are mixed feelings (about selling) but we can look back on some really great memories in this house, in Hamilton, and in Brisbane.”
The property is listed with Grace & Keenan and will go under the hammer 3pm on December 1.
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