56 AUSTRALIA CT, NEWPORT
FRAMED by an iconic jacaranda tree, this canal house embraces the best of the New England and French Provincial styles.
Located at Newport on the Redcliffe peninsula, the 1980-built two-storey house was extensively renovated by Bill and Bronwyn Woodforde.
But with their children now grown up, it is time to move.
“This was her (Bronwyn’s) dream home,” Mr Woodforde said. “We had been looking to buy in the area and always pointed out this one as a timeless classic.
“But we were always told the owners would never sell, and then one day I saw it online.”
And the rest is history. The couple bought the house in 2009, only moving in after the renovations were complete in 2012.
Mr Woodforde, who runs his own shop fitting business and has renovated “five or six” properties, said they custom-built everything they could, with his wife having a say in every design element.
He said they always bought “the worst house in the best street”.
“This one had unique appeal and was in a prime spot,” he said.
The house itself sits on a 827sq m block with 24m canal frontage. It h
as one of the largest private approved pontoons, which has the ability to berth a 12m long wet berth vessel and two dry berths, both with power and water supplied to the pontoon.
Mr Woodforde said his family rarely went away on holidays, preferring to go boating locally.
Entry to the house is through manicured gardens and hedgerows via a granite cobblestone path and stately double doors into the home, which has silver travertine marble tiles, vaulted ceilings and decorative cornices throughout.
On the ground floor is large office/library with crafted cedarwood bookcases, a lounge with original fireplace, a laundry, bathroom and a kitchen with custom built cabinetry, marble benchtops, premium quality stainless steel appliances and an island bench.
The kitchen then flows in to a living and dining area which has french doors that open on to the covered terrace that wraps around the rear of the house.
Upstairs there are three large bedrooms, one with an ensuite, one with a study nook and the other with a huge storage space. There is also a family bathroom.
The master bedroom is a true parents’ retreat, with built-in robes, and a marble ensuite with double vanity, shower and bath.
But it is outside that this entertainers house shines.
There is an alfresco space with a built-in kitchenette that links to another covered entertaining zone complete with electric Vergola operable roof.
The saltwater pool and heated spa have two rotatable umbrellas for shade and an integrated cleaning system.
All of this overlooks the canal and a myriad of recreational boats.
Other features include a security system, ducted airconditioning and ceiling fans throughout, hardwired sound system, 26,000L underground water tank, a secure garage for up to four cars and a carport for two more, and a six station irrigation system for the gardens.
From the house, it is just a 45 minutes to Moreton Bay Island or 30 minutes to Bribie Island by boat.
The property is listed with Courtney Maguire of Place Kangaroo Point, and will go to auction at 11am tomorrow (Sunday, November 18).