Classical grandeur - first time on the market
Years of research, travel and consultations with architects, designers and builders, there was no detail too small to be considered when this sumptuous home was built 18 years ago.
Indisputably one of Brisbane’s grandest and most admired estates, the home is set on 2.5 acres of exquisite gardens in the exclusive acreage suburb of Chandler, and is being marketed for the first time ever by Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty.
Creating a dramatic sense of arrival, the Georgian-inspired residence with its traditional fountain and Porte Cochere entry sits well back from the road behind wrought iron security gates and is accessed by a private driveway framed by clipped hedges and tall topiary cypress pines.
The owners, Craig and Christine Spencer from the Carter & Spencer Group have a special love for American Georgian architecture, with this home inspired by travel to America’s southern states and Boston.
The renowned architect Ermanno Nobilio and the esteemed interior designer, John Croft worked in close collaboration with the owners to create the grand home.
“The brief was to create a family home,” says Christine Spencer. “While it is opulent, I wanted it primarily to be a livable, comfortable family home for my husband and I and our four children to enjoy.”
That brief of family-friendly livability is the secret to this home. The spacious, open plan living and dining rooms are used daily by the Spencer family, while the flow of the ground floor seamlessly opens out to elegant sandstone terraces.
Some of the standout architectural features of this majestic mansion include the use of Italian and Spanish marble throughout, Juliet balconies from the large bedrooms, three fireplaces and exquisite Georgian columns, architraves and cornices.
The perfect home for entertaining, some of the features include a spacious cellar, a walk-in cold room and a large, Romanesque swimming pool.
“The expansive outdoor entertaining terraces incorporating an outdoor barbecue, kitchen and bar and a large, level lawn that is ideal for a marquee add to both the practicality and glamour of parties here,” explains Christine.
Christine Spencer has created a luxurious retreat for herself with her expansive master bedroom suite on the upper level. “It’s my favourite space in the home,” says Christine. “It’s inspired by French design, and is very uplifting with its yellow and gold theme.”
The location of this property is idyllic, as it is both private and convenient. “It is so peaceful and quiet here,” explains Christine. “You could be anywhere, you don’t see or hear the neighbours and yet we’re only minutes to the Gateway, 20 minutes to the airport and Brisbane’s CBD.”
Queensland Sotheby’s agent Tyson Clarke agrees. “This is without doubt one of the finest homes in Queensland. The enviable location, the impressive gardens and the incredible home make it virtually incomparable to anything else on the market.”
For Christine Spencer who poured time, money and a lot of love into the creation of this impressive property, it’s an emotional decision to downsize and leave this much-loved family home.
“We have so many wonderful family memories of living here. All the children’s significant birthdays, and setting up the 14 foot Christmas tree each year are just some of the many highlights. But I know this home will provide a new family with their wonderful memories too.”
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