A Tale of Two Queenslanders



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Both these Queenslanders are of timber construction, with wide balconies, to get maximum cooling breezes and minimum heat retention at night.
  • Both have also been kept in period style, with minimal updating of 'characteristic' features.
  • Both show ornamental use of glass, but the 'colonial' queenslander has beautiful leadlight glass in the door surrounds.

A Federation Queenslander:

West End - Grand Family Home at 47 Ryan Street West End, Queensland
West End - Grand Family Home at 47 Ryan Street West End, Queensland

Very beautiful 'gothic' coloured glass in 'Gothic' style rotunda used as a conversation room.
Very beautiful 'gothic' coloured glass in 'Gothic' style rotunda used as a conversation room.


47 Ryan Street West End Qld 4101

West End - Grand Family Home in Orleigh Park / Brisbane River Precinct of Hill End
  • The auction for this property at 47 Ryan Street, West End, has been brought forward.Photo: Space Property Agents
    The auction for this property at 47 Ryan Street, West End, has been brought forward.Photo: Space Property Agents
  • This Queenslander has an assymetric layout and a gothic rotunda, characteristic of Federation style

  • Beautifully presented turn of the century grand 'colonial', (Federation style, for colonial see the second house in this post) sitting proud on 660 sqm (26 perches approx) of flat north-south Hill End land.
    Ornamental coloured glass, and ornate ceiling are characteristic of Federation style. There is also a Federation arch of Art Nouveau style.
    Ornamental coloured glass, and ornate ceiling are characteristic of Federation style. There is also a Federation arch of Art Nouveau style.
  • One street away from Brisbane River and Orleigh Park and a short stroll to some of Brisbane's most beautiful amenities.
  • Bus and CityCat are around the corner adding convenience to what is truly a sensational position.
  • The home itself has 4/5 bedrooms situated over two levels. The gourmet granite kitchen opens onto approx 45 sqm of covered rear deck overlooking a large, lush back yard.
  • Kitchenette, separate laundry, full bathroom and billiard room downstairs provide a perfect teenager's retreat or guest accommodation.
  • Covered garaging, secured by remote gates, coupled with a fantastic storage shed, finish the picture.
  • The coloured glass decoration of the turret is not so obvious in the dark shade of the awnings. The other visible window awnings are also typical of Federation style.
    The coloured glass decoration of the turret is not so obvious in the dark shade of the awnings. The other visible window awnings are also typical of Federation style.
  • Art Nouveau verandah post brackets are typical of Federation style
    Art Nouveau verandah post brackets are typical of Federation style
  • Verandah rafters end in a characteristic style of Federation awnings, and filigree screen is very ornamental
    Verandah rafters end in a characteristic style of Federation awnings, and filigree screen is very ornamental
  • The timber kitchen cabinetry may have been updated but are still very period. Federation style accentuates timber decoration.
    The timber kitchen cabinetry may have been updated but are still very period. Federation style accentuates timber decoration.

Going, going, hold: what the G20 means for auctions

Date November 11, 2014
Lauren Cross
Lauren Cross

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The G20 is forcing some agents to cancel their open homes and delay auctions, while others are planning to seize on the opportunity.
Domain Group figures show there are slightly less homes scheduled to go under the hammer this weekend, with 100 properties across Brisbane up for grabs.
  • That compares with 126 homes last weekend and 141 the week before.
  • LJ Hooker agent Wayne Morgan said the G20 "was an issue" for agents.

While some auctions have been delayed by a week, others have been pushed forward to midweek.
  • Space Property agent Angus Commins said his company wasn't holding any open homes for properties this weekend and a listing at 47 Ryan Street, West End, would now have its auction on Wednesday, instead of Saturday.
  • "The four-week campaign would have had [the auction] landing on this weekend," he said.
  • "We decided to have the auction tonight because no one is working on the weekend of the G20."
  • "Brisbane might be gridlocked and you don't want anything to hamper buyers."


A Colonial Queenslander:

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Kevin Rudd zips out of Brisbane

Date November 12, 2014
Lauren Cross
Lauren Cross

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Kevin Rudd and Therese Rein are selling their Norman Park house.Photo: Tim Altass Real Estate.
Kevin Rudd and Therese Rein are selling their Norman Park house.Photo: Tim Altass Real Estate.

Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and his wife Therese Rein are selling up in their beloved Brisbane suburb of Norman Park.

  • They're parting ways with their home at Norman Crescent, Norman Park, where they've lived since 1994, to spend more time in beautiful Noosa.
  • Tim Altass Real Estate principal Tim Altass said the listing for the five-bedroom property, with a wrap-around verandah, would be selling by tender.
The stunning view from 15 Wendell Street, Norman Park.
The stunning view from 15 Wendell Street, Norman Park.
"That's because it's a pretty special home and it's a hard one to price," Mr Altrass said.
  • "Being a tender is also a bit easier for the Rudds, rather than a public auction."
  • Mr Rudd and Ms Rein originally paid $384,000 for the house, which sits on more than 800 square metres of land.
Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is zipping out of Norman Park.
Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is zipping out of Norman Park.

Mr Altass said they were selling because they planned to use their luxury house near Noosa on the Sunshine Coast as their base in Australia.

  • "Why would you sell that house, it would be beautiful up there," he said.
  • "The whole idea is they want something easier-maintenance."
  • Mr Rudd now works as a senior fellow with the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and isn't in Queensland as much as he used to be.
  • He's known for his love of travel, languages and foreign affairs and was once nicknamed 'Kevin 747', after the Boeing 747 planes.

A look inside Kevin Rudd's home

Date November 13, 2014
Lauren Cross
Lauren Cross

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Kevin Rudd would have loved this relaxing, private sanctuary after a hard day's work as Prime Minister.
Kevin Rudd would have loved this relaxing, private sanctuary after a hard day's work as Prime Minister.

Have you ever wanted to live inside a property of one of Australia's former Prime Ministers or most powerful men?

  • Well, now you can, thanks to Kevin Rudd and his wife Therese Rein listing their Brisbane house on Domain overnight.
  • Domain Group previously reported the couple planned to sell their Norman Park house, where they've lived since 1994.
Kevin Rudd's house is painted Aussie green and yellow.
Kevin Rudd's house is painted Aussie green and yellow.
The central gablets and symmetrical frontage are a Victorian/Colonial style of arrangement, not 'picturesque',and the filigree decoration of the balconies is NOT Art Nouveau. However the gablet finials are Federation style.
  • The house is about as Aussie as you can get and is even painted green and yellow.
  • All residents of Brisvegas would know you need a pool to survive the muggy summer, and Mr Rudd would have no doubt enjoyed a dip in his private oasis after a hard day's work as Prime Minister over the years.
Kevin Rudd would have dreamed big dreams for the nation in this bedroom.
Kevin Rudd would have dreamed big dreams for the nation in this bedroom.
The transom window above the verandah door is not leadlight glass or of Art Nouveau style, however the ventilation gap above the bedroom door is Art Nouveau, setting the construction date in the 1890s.
  • He also would have dreamed dreams that changed the nation in one of the five bedrooms, which have high ceilings and original hoop pine polished floorboards, and there's a good chance he started each day feeling refreshed after using one of the two large bathrooms.
  • In fact, with a house like this, it's no wonder Mr Rudd was feeling generous post-GFC, announcing an economic stimulus package.
The wrap-around verandah has a kangaroo and emu emblem, mirroring the Australian coat of arms.
The wrap-around verandah has a kangaroo and emu emblem, mirroring the Australian coat of arms.
The verandah frieze is geometric in style, and the rafters do not end under the eaves
  • But Mr Rudd was always a proud Labor and Australian man.
  • The wrap-around verandah has a kangaroo and emu emblem, mirroring the nation's coat of arms.
The former Prime Minister would have cooked up a storm of ideas in this kitchen.
The former Prime Minister would have cooked up a storm of ideas in this kitchen.
The kitchen window cabinets could well be original
  • "Tucked away and extremely private, this really is the ideal inner city oasis and classic colonial entertainer," his Domain advertisement said.
  • Records show the highest sale in the street was in 2008, when a six-bedroom, four-bathroom house with stunning views on a 1218-square-metre block sold for $2 million.
The living room has a vase of waratahs.
The living room has a vase of waratahs.
The timber floor is part of the Queenslander style
  • The Office of Fair Trading said agents who sold properties by tender were forbidden from providing a price range or guide, according to the Property Agents and Motor Dealers Act 2000.
  • Sales by tender occur when buyers are invited to submit an offer, or a tender.

The listing:Inner City Oasis

Norman Park QLD 4170


For Sale by Tender
Land area: 802 sqm

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The beautiful leadlight glass is geometric in style, not Art Nouveau
The symmetrical door style and paintwork is typically Victorian, called 'Colonial'
Time now for another growing family to enjoy these wide wraparound, north east facing verandas in this lush, tropical setting.
Tucked away and extremely private, this really is the ideal inner city oasis and classic colonial entertainer.
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A Victorian style bathroom, with clawfoot bath and black and white tiling, very typical Victorian era style
A Victorian style bathroom, with clawfoot bath and black and white tiling, very typical Victorian era style
  • Extra high ceilings, original hoop pine polished floors, beautiful stained glass features, original fretwork and a stunning kitchen.
  • Downstairs is the perfect teenagers retreat with more bedrooms, more French doors and extra living areas again leading to the private courtyards.
  • Close to private schools, public transport (including CityCat and ferry services).
  • A property that will be sadly missed, it will not be open for inspection but certainly available to inspect by appointment and will be sold to one lucky family.
  • For Sale by Tender – Offers closing Thursday 27th November

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Kevin Rudd's Brisbane Aussie-themed home under offer

Date January 22, 2015 - 3:43PM===Jennifer Duke===

The Norman Park property is painted the Aussie colours, green and yellow.
The Norman Park property is painted the Aussie colours, green and yellow.
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A look inside Kevin Rudd's home


The Norman Park property is painted the Aussie colours, green and yellow. Photo: Tim Altass Real Estate.
  • Kevin Rudd's Brisbane home is now listed as under contract after the asking price was dropped earlier this month.
  • The five-bedroom house in Norman Park was initially listed for $1.25 million, but that was revised to $1.19 million when the property failed to sell by tender.
  • Tim Atlass Real Estate has confirmed to Domain that the home is now under contract.
Former PM Kevin Rudd.
Former PM Kevin Rudd.
Former PM Kevin Rudd. Photo: Andrew Meares
On 802 square metres the two-storey property with north-east-facing verandahs is surrounded by tropical gardens.
It had been home to the former prime minister and his wife Therese Rein for more than 20 years, with the couple buying the home for $384,000 in 1994.
It has a distinctive Australian flavour, featuring yellow and green facade detailings, and a kangaroo and emu emblem.