This special Birkdale Queenslander was built in 1909 and one of the most prettiest homes that I’ve seen in a while.  She screams quaintness and character that can only come from a home with such a long history. Yes, I’m a sucker for an old home.  One of my bucket-list items is to visit the north-east region (and further south to the Carolinas) and spend weeks wandering around and imagining that one of them was mine.

This home evokes all of these feelings and desires.  And it’s much closer to home.

From the listing:

Set on an unrivalled 6,045sqm allotment, this property is truly one of a kind, located only a 10-minute drive from the Manly Boat Harbour and a 30-minute drive from the Brisbane’s CBD. Shrouded by verdant bushland, this phenomenal six-bedroom home is a quintessential Queenslander. Built in 1909, this generous, stately residence has been masterfully modernised to meticulous building standards, bringing its romantic past to modern living. This dual-level property will leave families and entertainers alike wanting for nothing.

I highlighted the words “romantic past” because it’s the perfect description.  The block that this Birkdale Queenslander sits on is huge – almost an acre and a half, all while only 30 minutes to Brisbane City.


I love the roofline in this photo. All of these gables.  And that cute little Romeo and Juliet balcony on the left hand side.  In terms of the floor plan, to the left and right of the stairway are bedrooms – both with the gorgeous bay window.  There is a bathroom on the righthand side (the gridded / mullions windows).

The side view shows off all of the character that this home has.  Plus another Romeo and Juliet balcony in the master bedroom suite.

A closer view of the Romeo and Juliet balcony and that gorgeous verandah that wraps around to the front of the home.  I love the hammock and the bushland that surrounds this home.


This photo is a Queenslander-lover’s dream.  The lights, the french doors, the detail in the brackets and the tin roof.

This is the view from the Romeo and Juliet balcony in the home office.

Living spaces

There are two living room spaces in this home.  The photo below is the “Living Room” in the floor plan, opening up on two sides to the verandah and a coffered ceiling.

The living below is the “Lounge” in the floor plan.  I love the detail on the ceiling – perhaps pressed tin?

Eating spaces

The kitchen opens out to a covered deck.

Sleeping spaces

This house was sold as a six bedroom home, however, it is better described as a five bedroom home because the sixth bedroom doesn’t have a wardrobe.

The photo below is the master bedroom.

The is one of the bedrooms on the left or right hand side of the home as you walk through the entry.

This is bedroom 6 / library on the floor plan.  Those high ceilings, sigh.


This is the master bedroom ensuite.  While I appreciate that they tried to get a tub into the bathroom, I don’t think that the floor plan worked as I hate the overhang.

This is the bathroom on the lower level.  From a practicality perspective, the layout of the home is a little impractical.  If you are in the bedrooms or home office on the upper left hand side of the house, to use the bathroom, you have to go down the stairs, walk through the living, dining rooms, then past the kitchen and through the laundry.  Not so great when it’s the middle of winter.

The gym

There is a separate, stand alone building which houses the gym.

A view from the top

This photo highlights just how large this block of land really is.

The floor plan

The details

This Birkdale Queenslander is not for sale.  It last sold in September 2021 for $1.87m by Sarah Hackett at Place Real Estate.  The address of the home is 94-96 Collingwood Road, Birkdale Qld 4159.

Looking for more charm?  This Beechmont Queenslander has it in spades.