A SECRET entrance, a hidden gym that could rival a fitness franchise, and a sparkling resort-style pool. Even the garage has been given the luxe touch, and is adorned with basalt lava stone.
Take a look inside the home of one of Brisbane’s leading agents — a man who sold close to $100 million worth of other peoples property last year.
“We poured a lot of consideration and effort into every inch of what has been a wonderful home for our family,” Ray White New Farm principal Matt Lancashire said.
CoreLogic property data shows that Mr Lancashire and his wife Caitlyn bought 50 Crase St at Teneriffe for $895,000 in 2012.
Matt Lancashire and his wife Caitlyn and kids Monty 3yrs and Lulu 1yrs. Pic Annette Dew
Built in the 1930s, the property had been used as a share house and needed a lot of work.
Working alongside Channon Architects and Black Developments, the Lancashire’s embarked on a 16 month long renovation journey.
Before the renovation Source: CoreLogic
“Craig (of Channon Architects) is a very clever guy who has worked on some of Brisbane’s most high-end residences,” Mr Lancashire said.
The front of the house now
And the back of the house
“He’s a local and understands the code of the area and we were able to get exactly what we wanted using the original cottage as the platform to create something architectural off the back which flows really well and pays respect to the original foundations.”
Everything from the VJ walls to the ceilings were replaced, with the home known as ‘c50house’ undergoing an almost complete rebuild.
Today, it comes with an extensive list of luxury features but perhaps the most impressive of them all is the concealed gym, which is hidden behind a secret stone rock wall with pin code access.
Sometimes called the ‘bat cave’, the door leads to a tunnel and then in to a large open-plan space.
Inside the ‘bat cave’
“A lot of people have that WTF? look when they see it,” he said. “They are mesmerised by it.”
Other features include a custom Vanguard louvre system, a heated mosaic tiled swimming pool, custom French oak floors, a bespoke solid French oak floating staircase and a vast outdoor entertaining room.
There is also four bedrooms including one with a deluxe master retreat, three luxury bathrooms, a fireplace, wine cellar, and smart home technology throughout.
The kitchen before the renovation
A much-loved area of the three level, four-bedroom home is the open-plan living, kitchen, dining, lounge, entertaining, outdoor barbecue and pool zone.
“Craig’s work is special and he’s clever about working with indoor-outdoor spaces, including our big outdoor area which has 5m ceilings wrapped in battened timber,” Mr Lancashire said.
“It’s a space we use all year round. He’s also got an extremely good eye for detail so there are so many minute details throughout the property which you wouldn’t know existed unless you went through.”
The kitchen now
Mr Lancashire said the home’s location was also a massive lure, as it is within walking distance of the city, the river, parks, restaurants and cafes.
Teneriffe is sandwiched between Newstead and New Farm, making a kind of golden triangle of exclusive suburbs.
The median house sales price in Teneriffe is currently $1.825 million, but many prestige houses have sold for double that figure, or more.
Mr Lancashire said they were selling because “I really want a tennis court”, and hoped the house would go to another family.
They have engaged Ray White New Farm’s Nicholas Given and Scott Darwon to manage the sale of their home, which is scheduled to go to auction at Ray White’s ‘Under the Stars’ event on November 13, if not sold prior.
“Superb architecture has created a home perfectly suited to Queensland living but with a vibe reminiscent of life in the island parts of Greece or Italy,” Mr Darwon said.
“The attention to detail is something to behold and not one finish is of a standard less than perfect. Given the location, finish, feeling and atmosphere the house omits, this is going to be a home that will truly be enjoyed by its residents for many, many years to come.”
TOP SALES — TENERIFFE (houses)
32 Teneriffe Drive — June 4, 2018 — Sale Price $4.405 million
42 Beeston Street — July 7, 2018 — $3.7 million
2 Waverley Street — April 29, 2018 — $2.52 million
282 Kent Street — June 16, 2018 — $2.125 million
20 Midvale Lane — June 17, 2018 — $1.9 million