Sitting atop Spring Hill, overlooking King Edward Park and only 100 steps to the Brisbane CBD, is ‘Craigston’, Brisbane’s first high-rise residential building.
Built in the Spanish Mission style in 1928 by Walter Taylor - one of Brisbane’s most prominent engineers and builders, this property has stood the test of time. It is a unique heritage building of only 11 residences, owner occupiers, making it a secure and comfortable home. Craigston’s Penthouse, feels like a vintage New York apartment of absolute luxury character and charm. This one level, 5 bedroom, 290 sq metre apartment is steeped in history, retaining many of its original features.
Entering via the garden into the secure ground floor foyer, you could easily be stepping into another place or time. Queensland’s oldest operating lift, the original Waygood-Otis lift, constructed from silky oak and steel, will take you up to the penthouse. Arriving at the 7th floor, you will be greeted in the apartment by the warm original Crows Ash hardwood flooring, 2.9 metre ceilings featuring original detailed plaster work and antique chandeliers, you will immediately feel right at home.
The large light and airy kitchen, features Italian Carrara marble benchtops, generous workspaces and appliances. This sumptuous space will not only delight but also provide the functional hub every family needs, with integrated fridges/freezer, large walk-in pantry, ample cabinetry and storage. Forever reminding you of this historic location, the kitchen enjoys views of the Old Windmill (Queensland’s oldest building) in Wickham Terrace below, and beyond to Cunningham’s Gap in the Scenic Rim. Next to the kitchen is the large laundry with plenty of storage and the original “dumb waiter” that is still in use between the basement and the Penthouse.
Adjacent to the kitchen is the dining room, with ample space for entertaining, connected to the formal living room through a large archway, highlighting the 380mm thick brick walls. The living room is a comfortable and inviting space, the heart of this home, it features a curved front wall, ornate plasterwork, and original red brick open fireplace and flows through large french doors, to the verandah. The original open verandah on the north-eastern side of the building was enclosed between 1935 and 1938, making it a weather proof room. The stunning large timber shutters are a feature of the Penthouse from both inside and out. You will never tire of this bright airy space.
The oversized master bedroom complete with sitting area is a private sanctuary, and includes a classically styled ensuite featuring a travertine floor, honed Italian marble mosaic tiles to ceiling height and a separate light-filled dressing room. The remainder of the apartment is a cleverly realised layout providing two suites, comprising two bedrooms, a bathroom and sitting room on each side of the central hallway. Each of these sitting rooms can be used as media, reading, or home office rooms, giving the lucky future owner amazing flexibility in how each of these spaces are utilised.
All the residents of Craigston enjoy the rooftop terrace, featuring lounge and dining areas BBQ and panoramic views of the CBD and mountains beyond.
The Penthouse is perfectly positioned a moments’ walk from the city, restaurants and cafes, and a short walk from the Art Gallery, Performing Arts and GOMA and all of the inner-city prestige schools, yet just outside the city grid-lock.
This is Brisbane’s original Penthouse, perfectly preserved and immaculately presented; you will be stunned by its beauty and uniqueness. This is a not to be missed opportunity to become part of Brisbane’s history.