Aria Property Group founder Tim Forrester and his wife Mackenzie are selling their stunning riverfront house at Norman Park.
The developer, which is responsible for a number of high-end, award-winning residential towers in Brisbane, was founded by Mr Forrester in 2003, but it was Mrs Forrester who led the charge when it came to renovating 30 Wendell Street at Norman Park.
“I am from the US and grew up visiting my grandparents in California,” she said.
“I have always loved the architecture there, the mix of Spanish and regency styles, and my favourite, mid-century modern.
“It was so fun to bring luxury to this original home by opening up the views, adding gorgeous finishes, palm trees, and upgrading the key living areas.”
The couple bought the four bedroom riverfront property in 2013, but are now selling after purchasing a sprawling mansion at Fig Tree Pocket.
Speaking about the first time she laid eyes on the Norman Park house, Mrs Forrester said she saw its potential and could not wait to make it a home.
“It was this feeling of driving down the hill and arriving at this Riveria-feeling place, not typical of Brisbane,” she said.
“The view, the double reach of the river, the angle of the skyline, and the green space of New Farm Park.
“I am passionate about giving properties a new life and from the moment I stepped foot inside this 1964-built house I could see exactly how I would like it to unfold.”
The two-storey, California-inspired house sits on an 888sq m block and is framed by manicured gardens and palm trees.
The lower level consists of a second living room with its original tile flooring, vintage light fixtures and a retro fashioned kitchenette.
Adjoining this space is a large storage area, sauna and wine cellar.
There is also a multipurpose room which could be transformed into a bedroom or guest retreat as it has a built-in wardrobe and access to a third bathroom.
This lower level flows out on to a patio that overlooks the pool and landscaped lawn that leads down to the private pontoon with direct river access.
The upper level is home to the living spaces plus three bedrooms including the carpeted master bedroom with a walk-in robe and ensuite, complete with double vanities and a large shower.
Also on this floor is the sunken foyer which leads up to the open plan living area with its expansive windows and bi-fold doors.
The kitchen has a stone waterfall benchtop, designer appliances, a neutral palette and handmade tiles, while the main living area has polished timber floors, a gas fireplace, and a built-in timber cabinetry wall with a fixed Bose home entertainment system.
Glass bi-fold doors connect the living room with the timber entertaining deck which has views of the river and numerous Brisbane landmarks.
Other notable features include ducted airconditioning, a dedicated laundry with exterior access and also internal access to the secure garage which allows space for two vehicles.
Mrs Forrester said they loved everything about the house, but with a growing family they wanted ever more space for their children to roam.
“The front yard off the street for playing with the kids, the river side for enjoying the sunset and being with friends, and every little part of the inside of the house … ” she said.
“It is so functional and just a great place to be in.”
The property is listed with Place Bulimba agent Sarah Hackett. The tender closes at 4pm on April 4.