The heritage-listed home at 44 Leopard St, Kangaroo Point.
Although the property passed in at a second vendor bid of $1.3 million, owner Andrea Crossan – a real estate agent who is also marketing the property – says the outcome wasn’t surprising given its uniqueness.
“Because it is such an unusual property with so many different things going on with zoning, age, block size and location, it’s not surprising it was passed in,” she says.
“It’s sort of the process with high-end properties – you put it to auction to get everyone to the table and get feedback where the price might sit.”
Crossan says she has been negotiating with several buyers since the auction.
The former presbytery is on a prime block in Kangaroo Point.
The house was built by Brisbane’s Catholic community in the early 1900s and served as the original presbytery for the neighbouring St Joseph’s Church.
The church subdivided off and subsequently sold the property at 44 Leopard St in 2007.
Crossan found the house online while living in Emerald.
The marble fireplace still looks beautiful.
“I saw this place … how beautiful it was, and thought how great of a project it would be to renovate,” she says.
“I wanted to convert it back to what it was, but the timing wasn’t right – I’m very sad to part with it.”
Many features of the home are in original condition. The marble fireplace was boarded up for several years, and the timber floors are in near-new condition as they were carpeted over.
Other original features include cast iron balustrading, french doors, ornate cornicing, solid timber doors and leadlight windows.
Architectural plans have been drawn up to change the floorplan of the four-bedroom, three-bathroom residence into a two-storey, six-bedroom home.
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