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47 Wahcumba St, Dutton Park
PO Box 1170 Fortitude Valley
Queensland 4006 Australia

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Indooroopilly House

Indooroopilly House

The leafy suburb of Indooroopilly, located in Brisbane’s west, enjoys a gently rolling terrain with and large swathes of remnant bushland. Its proximity to the burgeoning University of Queensland and connected by rail to the city saw the suburb become very popular in the immediate post war period with generous housing blocks affording an ideal garden suburb lifestyle, and it attracted many of the city’s younger professionals and academics at the time. Many of the houses were designed by architects and notwithstanding the post war constraints on house sizes, ceiling heights and materials, many of these houses illustrated an inventiveness and quality of design which distinguishes the character of the suburb. An existing architect designed, weatherboard and terracotta tiled roof house, relatively modest in size, but well considered in it’s siting, planning and quality of construction, had served previous generations of the young family who now inhabited the house. Set on an a large half acre block, the house and garden that had evolved, apart from its size offered many of the best attributes for an ideal contemporary sub-tropical lifestyle. However modern living demanded more space, not only to better accommodate cars and storage, but also separate study, play, guest and entertainment spaces along with the need to generally upgrade the interiors and their connection to more generous outdoor living areas and provide new kitchen, bathroom and laundry areas.


The existing house was set well back from and elevated above the road to the south, generally all on one level at the top of a slight rise with a lush mature garden hiding the house from the street, and a more open lawn to the north with perimeter planting affording secluded and private living in the house and garden. The garden to the south in particular included a number of very mature native trees and featured a mature bottle tree (Brachychiton Rupestris) planted by the current owner’s grandfather.

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