When my husband and I were first married we rented a Queenslander in Ashgrove. It was old and very run down but had all of the character features including french doors on the verandah and VJ walls. The toilet was not even a part of the house. It was outside the back door – clearly attached long after the house was actually built.
It was pre-kids days and we had plenty of disposable income
and were young and careless and not worried about the future. We would spend the weekends exploring the neighbourhood. At some point, we ventured a little further from home and discovered Bardon. I say ‘discovered’ because most of you are probably thinking – seriously, they didn’t know Bardon! Insert eye rolling.
My husband and I are not from Brisbane. I grew up in Northern Queensland and my husband moved to Australia when he was in his early 20s. So really, discovering Bardon was like discovering another planet for us! I remember being impressed by the gorgeous Queenslanders perched on the hilly landscape. Today I was thinking about our pre-kid days and all of these thoughts and memories came rushing back.
So I decided to search for a beautiful Bardon Queenslander and, of course, it wasn’t difficult to find one.
Now, on my instagram account @queenslanderhomes, I mostly post photographs of the exteriors of Queenslanders. Aside from the fact that they are stunning to look at, they are also the least ‘personalised’ view of a home. Once you get inside, it is easy to be distracted by the decor and decorating of the current owner and sometimes that makes it difficult to see the true beauty of the home. Keep this in mind when you look at the next few photos. The house is still gorgeous. The problem is that my mind focusses on the artwork etc in the home. But if you can ignore that and look beyond the personal items, you will see what a true beauty this home is.
I’ve deliberately selected a photo where the personal effects are minimised. Instead, I wanted to focus on the original door – with the stained glass. Isn’t it lovely? You’ll see what I mean when you look at the photographs on the real estate website.
Here’s another exterior view – with the original fireplace being shown. I love the crisp white paint job and the highlighted gables in grey tones. It is such a delight to look at.
Being in Bardon, the house is surrounding by plenty of green space with a forest of trees.
For more photographs (and a floorplan) of this house, go to the listing here. The address is 11 Hebe Street, Bardon. The house was sold by Tim Douglas and Simon Wheelans from Place – Paddington for $1,825,000 in March this year.