The Tuscany region of Italy is filled with striking villas, but you don’t have to live there to experience its best and most magical. Just come to Brisbane’s north-side, and look at this.
First built in 1974 as a plantation house, the residence looks very different to today, transformed by Italian architects into a regional Tuscan Villa.
Sprawling across 5,032sqm, there is so much to fall in love with. The lush greens contrast beautifully with the sand and ochre walls, and that warm, earthy allure continues inside.
From the marble and terra cotta travertine floors, the spiral staircase, and a soaring void, this place is captivating and inviting in equal measure.
It transforms easily from a simple elegance to something a little more bold. Take in the stone columns opening up to formal living areas, where parquetry floors and coffered ceilings go hand in hand. Everything is balanced and symmetrical, creating a beautiful effect.
The northeastern end of the home contains the kitchen and informal living and dining areas. The timber is all Australian, with the beams recycled from Brisbane’s historic Newstead Wharf, and Tasmanian oak for the windows and doors. Tucked in between the informal living and dining rooms, the chef’s kitchen is wonderfully spacious and very Mediterranean. The standout has to be the kitchen island – the colour pops against the wood, and the stunning range hood complements the tiled splashback very well.
Of the five bedrooms, the master suite is the most luxurious. The Tuscan influence is just as strong here, with oversized brick details in the walls, and a strong neutral palette.
The en suite hints at the hidden addition to the master rooms – a private courtyard, visible from the shower and adding a touch of zen to the room.
It’s hard not to notice all the little details that have gone into this home, like the intricate ironwork on the stairs. They lead up to a gallery space, and onwards to the rest of the bedrooms, including a second master suite! Instead of a private courtyard, this one opens up to its own Tuscan terrace with sweeping views across the treetops – the perfect escape from the rest of the world.
Something unique to this property is the traditional bell tower, that you can physically climb up into! Nearby, a beautiful piece of art is painted directly onto the walls, and there’s a lovely vine-covered entertaining space.
There are so many lovely treats for entertaining, from a media room to a home gym, and even a dedicated billiards room, but there’s even more options outdoors! There are at least half a dozen separate al fresco spaces, but the nicest might just be the huge undercover area with its own bar. The gorgeous cathedral ceilings certainly draw the eye, and there’s a real resort-style luxury feel bringing everyone together around the pool.
Available upon request.
Justin Watt – 0414 361 381
Ainslea Crain – 0406 750 397