A RETIRED district court judge who presided over some of Queensland’s biggest civil and criminal trials is selling his Brisbane character home.
Judge Kiernan Dorney QC spent seven years on the bench before retiring in 2017.
But when he wasn’t hearing the gory details of a case, he was escaping to the character Queenslander he shared with his wife Bernadette and their three children.
Now on the market, it is up to the court of public opinion — or rather, buyers — to pass judgment, and make an offer. And the Courier Mail understands its already getting plenty of interest.
“We bought the house in the early 1980s. It was built in the 1920s and our understanding is that the owner-builder lived in it until the 70s and then it changed hands a few times before we purchased it,” Mrs Dorney said.
Judge Dorney said at the time they had been living at Ferny Hills, and were concerned it was out of their price range.
“We fell in love with it. We thought at the time that it was too expensive for us but we could see its potential,” he said.
Mrs Dorney said they added rooms and decks, but worked hard to maintain its charm.
She said they saw it as a character home, albeit one with “all of the modern inclusions you could ever want”.
The four bedroom Queenslander sits on a 622sq m block in one of Brisbane’s prettiest suburbs.
Set over two levels, the house has multiple living areas, a custom-built kitchen plus elevated decks to the front and rear of the home.
The lower level is home to two bedrooms, a laundry, cellar and the open plan living room and kitchen, which opens on to a veranda that overlooks the pool.
Two more bedrooms including the master bedroom with ensuite and built-in robes are located on the upper floor.
This floor is also home to a formal living room, the main kitchen with granite bench tops, 900mm gas cooktop and soft close cabinetry, a formal dining room that opens on to the rear deck, and a study.
Outside there is a landscaped backyard and a pool.
Mrs Dorney said they had watched their children grow in to adults, and were now proud grandparents, but the time had come to downsize.
As for the suburb they have called home for four decades, Judge Dorney said they loved the fact it had a leafy aspect while still being close to the city.
“I could leave here at 8.10am and be in my chambers by 8.30am,” he said. “I was close to work but could be at home, look out over the valley to the next ridge, and feel like we were a long way from the city.”