“Appassionata” European Grandeur, 15 minutes from Brisbane’s CBD
Appassionata, translated to mean “with passion” is an impressive estate located high on a ridge known as “Millionaire’s Row” at Pullenvale, 15 minutes from Brisbane’s CBD.
Inspired by Oscar de la Renta’s famous villa, you approach Appassionata along a graceful Cyprus-lined driveway. Once you enter through the elegant iron gates, you are wondrously transported to an era of European grandeur.
This estate takes in the vistas of the surrounding, gently rolling countryside and across to Brisbane’s distant cityscape. It is hard to imagine a more dramatic setting that marries classical European style and Australia’s natural beauty.
Appassionata was built lovingly, with attention to every detail in homage to the late, great designer’s vision. The current owner has incorporated a range of bespoke design details to achieve an overall effect of contemporary grandeur.
“To celebrate the European inspiration, the owners had a plaque for Appasionata made in Florence. This was then set in one of two stone pillars that frame the entrance gates,” explains Sotheby’s International Realty Queensland agent, Julie Vines.
“From the outset, this home was passionately designed and it was a first class build in every way to achieve some of the details such as the stunning domed ceilings,” adds Julie Vines.
Entering into the main foyer of the home, the parquetry flooring and crystal chandeliers, the classical, twin French wrought iron staircases sweeping up to the mezzanine floor all work to set the grand tone.
The current owners are enthusiastic art collectors and have ensured that there is ample opportunity built within the design of the house, to prominently display artworks.
All fittings are of the finest quality, with the French windows and doors beautifully finished with beveled edging with the elegant awnings designed to perfectly complement the exterior of the home.
In total, this sumptuous and substantial home includes two grand, master bedroom suites, another four king sized bedrooms, an executive media room and library, plus there is a swathe of quality finishes throughout such as marble and sandstone.
According to Julie Vines, “The secret to Appassionata, is it is as livable, as it is impressive.”
Designed for the ultimate in impressive entertaining, overlooking the pool and capturing the stunning rural views and across to the cityscape is Appassionata’s stunning, freestanding Summer House.
“As well, there is a large four-car garage, a huge space,” explains Julie Vines. “This could be used for a myriad of purposes, for hobbies, a business or converted into living space as there is no impediment.”
Appassionata is set on a total of three immaculate acres of formal manicured gardens, featuring expansive lawns and an orchard. This impressive estate’s garden adds the final touch of classical European ambience.
“People imagine this property is far from the city,” says Julie Vines. “Yet they are amazed to find it is only 15 minutes from Brisbane’s CBD and 20 minutes to the airport. It’s quite extraordinary to have this beautiful space and this setting - and yet still be so close to everything!”
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