Overhaul puts twist on a classic

first_imgREAL ESTATE: 5 Hirst St, Hermit Park“It really is a very, very pretty house – it certainly does attract a lot of attention.”Ms Worrall said it was not just prospective buyers who would fall in love with the house, but the neighbourhood was second-to-none, being close to schools, transport, grocery and food outlets and shopping centres.“Hermit Park is very close to the new stadium that is being built in Townsville,” she said.“It’s quite a little cosmopolitan area. You’re very close to the city and cafes and shops and just about everything there.” REAL ESTATE: 5 Hirst St, Hermit ParkBUILT in the early 1900s, this restored Queenslander offers the hallmarks of a period home mixed with the best in modern conveniences.Elite Properties Townsville principal Glenda Worrall said since the current owners purchased the property in 1991, they had carefully restored it to keep the original features. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 20205 Hirst St, Hermit Park“Because it has been raised to legal height underneath, it’s a very practical house as well.”She said history buffs would simply fall in love with not only the restoration and architecture, but the permanent record of the street’s history in print on the kitchen splashback.“The kitchen is a standout. It has 2pac and all Miele appliances and they’ve done a splashback of glass, which actually shows the history of Hirst St, which was named after a soldier who was killed in the First World War,” she said.“So there’s quite a bit of history involved with the house forever there for the new buyer … it’s quite incredible and it’s got how they raised it and the various original fretwork and all of those sorts of things about the house. REAL ESTATE: 5 Hirst St, Hermit Park“It was originally a little house and they raised it and renovated,” Ms Worrall said.“Constructed around the early 1900s, the current owners have striven to keep the original features, such as chamfer boards and exposed studs, casement and sash windows, wooden louvres, metal pressed metal window hoods, french doors and hoop pine timber floors.”Ms Worrall said the home was only listed a few weeks ago, but had already received a “tremendous” amount of interest.“The buyers are most impressed with the quality of the renovation and it’s just one of the best examples of a renovated Queenslander that you’ll find. REAL ESTATE: 5 Hirst St, Hermit ParkMs Worrall said the owners were selling their family home in search of a lifestyle change. “They’ve actually bought a property in Montville, a bed and breakfast, with three cottages,” she said.“So it’s a change of lifestyle for them and what they will be doing there will be a mirror of the way they’ve transformed this house.”Set on 982sq m, the two-storey home has five bedrooms, including alternate master suites on each level and a bathroom on each floor.last_img