Whether updated and modernised or ripe for creative renovation, these homes offer the charming vintage details that attract buyers from all over the country.
Many of them also sit on generous land parcels, a rarity in inner-city suburbs.
Haul out the rocking chair and embrace verandah life: the country cottage has come a’calling.
37 Warmington Street, Paddington QLD 4064
37 Warmington Street, Paddington is a 1920s cottage set on a rare 607 square metres of land.
Price: Interest in the $900,000s
3 bed, 2 bath
Agent: SPACE Property, Judi O’Dea 0417 009 635, Michael Kleimeyer0401 691 631
Set on a rare 607 square-metre block in the sought after suburb of Paddington, this 1920s-built cottage offers plenty of opportunities to update a classic Queensland home.
With VJ walls, high ceilings, timber fretwork and hardwood floors, it’s brimming with character and potential.
Agent Judi O’Dea said part of the charm of the home was its distinctive Queensland style.
“It’s a little bit bigger than a typical cottage, and the most interesting thing is it’s got a 15 metre frontage and that’s always a good start to having houses with strong frontages,” she said.
“There’s a lot of opportunities here. [Buyers] may choose to raise it and move it back slightly on the block so that you can fit your car accommodation in easily.
“If you made it two levels, it [would] have some very pleasant district views of the village of Paddington.”
50 Eliza Street, Clayfield QLD 4011
Clayfield’s cutest cottage: 50 Eliza Street has been beautifully renovated.
2 bed, 1 bath, 1 car
Agent: Queensland Sotherby’s Brisbane, Tyson Clarke 0407 034 803
This 1920s home has been recently updated in keeping with all its traditional quirks, including VJ wall panelling, detailed fretwork, high ceilings and timber floorboards.
Its multiple entertaining spaces and bright, breezy verandahs provide ideal spots to relax of a warm spring evening, while the modern kitchen and bathrooms ensure the home’s old-world charm doesn’t impede functionality.
Set on 506 square metres, the property also features a generous garden and some established trees, full of potential to landscape or add an in-ground pool or children’s playground.
Whether to occupy or invest, this renovated home is the perfect way in to a blue-chip market.
8 Rakeevan Road, Graceviile QLD 4075
From the foundation of Brisbane’s architectural history: 8 Rakeevan Road, Graceville, was built by acclaimed architect Walter Taylor.
Price: Offers over $800,000
3 bed, 2 bath, 1 car
Agent: RE/MAX Riverside Residential, Martin Hood 0411 220 736
This spacious home is a stone’s throw away from the Brisbane River in a desirable pocket of historical Graceville.
Built in 1945, the cottage-style house was designed by Walter Taylor, the famed visionary and builder of iconic Brisbane landmarks like heritage-listed Graceville Methodist Church and the Walter Taylor Bridge.
Renown for his use of prefabricated concrete blocks, Taylor’s aesthetic runs through veins of this light, open home, from the striking facade to the decorative details within.
The property is also within walking distance of a number of convenient amenities, including local cafes, shops, Graceville train station and 13 schools within four kilometres.
37 Fisher Street, East Brisbane QLD 4169
37 Fisher Street, East Brisbane would be an adorable first home and is fully renovated.
Price: $600,000s to early $700,000s
2 bed, 1 bath, 3 car
Agent: Ray White Coorparoo, Mel Christie 0448 837 600
Just four blocks away from the Gabba cricket stadium and its surrounding nightlife and eateries, this charming cottage has some gorgeous features that hark back to an earlier era.
Agent Mel Christie said its original design and inner-city location made it an extremely desirable property.
“It’s got an original fireplace, which the owner chose not to paint after receiving lots of feedback that she should paint it, but she’s left it that industrial-feel look,” she said.
“There are wooden floorboards, really high ceilings, VJ walls, stained glass windows [and] gorgeous little porch out the front to watch the world go by.
“Anything in the entry-level market in the inner-city is becoming harder to come by, hence the reason we’ve had so many offers.”
71 St Pauls Tce, Spring Hill QLD 4000
Gorgeous heritage cottage 71 St Pauls Terrace at Spring Hill was converted to an office but it could be the perfect CBD house.
2 bed, 1 bath, 2 car
Agent: Gregory Real Estate, John Roberts 0407 734 676
This unique heritage cottage was used as an office in recent years, but has all the space and original trimmings to make for a beautiful historic home.
Located in the heart of Brisbane, it’s just a stroll away from Roma Street parklands, the CBD, Fortitude Valley and the Brisbane River.
There are also a plethora of well-regarded schools in the suburb, including Brisbane Grammar School and Brisbane Girls Grammar School, St James College and All Hallows’ School.
With spacious bedrooms, attractive street frontage and generous verandahs, this home might be the perfect opportunity to make the most of traditional features for your inner-city retreat.