THE site of one of Brisbane’s last surviving dairy farms is being transformed into a luxury housing development, complete with resort-style facilities, with the final four house pads now on the market.
Mirvac’s Ashford Residences at Everton Park, a suburb that was home to slaughteryards and slaughterhouses in the late 1800s, is being constructed around a heritage-listed Queenslander known as ‘Murphy’s Dairy Residence’.
The Brisbane heritage register says the residence, which is believed to have been built around 1913, was constructed for Richard Trout, who operated a branch of the family butchering business in Everton Park.
“In 1936 the house and land was transferred to Patrick Murphy, who had established a dairy farm in the area in the 1920s,” the register says.
“Murphy’s dairy was a major local employer and was one of the last surviving dairy farms in Brisbane.”
The register said the family owned much of the land adjoining Kedron Brook, and the house, which originally stood on South Pine Road, was moved to its present site around 1998 when the land was sold and developed for retail uses.
Now that site is being transformed into terrace homes and individual homesites, plus residents’ facilities at the $2.5 million Ashford Club.
Featuring a pool with a splash area for children, lounge chairs, a teppanyaki grill, fire pit, barbecue, a turfed area for entertaining and a gym, the Club overlooks a 1ha eco area to the Kedron Brook parkland.
Mirvac’s Queensland general manager for residential Warwick Bible said the club was proving to be a hit with buyers.
“People are looking for a home that delivers more,” he said.
“Many are moving from apartments where they have had access to resort amenities, and they want the same level of lifestyle in a new community.”
More than $80 million of homesites and terrace homes have sold so far, with the final four homesites officially launched to the market.
Registered and ready to build on, the final lots range from 405sq m and are priced from $730,000.
Jaime Andueza and his partner Aaron, who purchased a 420sq m lot at Ashford Residences, said the extensive residents’ facilities were a key factor in the decision to move to the inner-north after living southside for two decades.
They are now putting the finishing touches on their new five-bedroom, five-bathroom home, which they hope to be in by Christmas.
“The Ashford Club has an elegant design, which is a differentiator from any other development we viewed,” Mr Andueza said.
“There’s an incredibly beautiful view to the Kedron Brook, so you can go to the pool area and absorb the nature around you.
“I had been looking at what was available in the market and had always wanted to build. “When I saw the location of the blocks of land at Ashford Residences, I immediately realized it was a great opportunity.”
Mr Bible said the masterplanned community had been sought-after by buyers, with the most recent terrace home release selling-out to a waiting-list prior to its official launch.
“We held the final four lots for release when they were ready to build on and buyers could see how the community had taken shape,” he said.
“The opportunity to build new in this area is extremely rare and the location alongside Kedron Brook only adds to the desirability.”
Ashford Residences will comprise a total of 124 residences, including 80 terrace homes and 43 freestanding homes, with completion due late next year.
The final property – Murphy’s Dairy Residence – is expected to launch to the market early next year, with restoration works already underway on the historic home.
The dairy continued operating into the 1970s, according to the heritage register.