A heritage mansion originally chosen as Queensland’s Government House in 1910 – before its creator refused to lower his price – has hit the market in full regalia.
The stately home, which was entered in the QLD heritage register in 1992, was built in 1890 and named Tarranalma.
“This two-storeyed brick house was built in 1890 for James Milne of the firm Smellie & Co.,” it said. “Although no architect is known, the house has many similarities to Verney by Richard Gailey.”
“In 1910 Milne offered Tarranalma as a possible government house, but his price was too high. In 1919 he sold the property to George Logan who was a prominent pastoralist.”
The home originally had a whopping 12 acres (4.8 hectares) of grounds, but blocks were subdivided and sold off from 1926 to 1929.
The property is now a 2,226sq m block, which is massive considering the size of most house blocks in the inner-ring.
“After the death of his widow Susan in 1963, the house was converted into seven flats. In 1984 Tarranalma was sold to its present owners who have restored it as a family home,” according to heritage records.
Located at 18 Tarranalma Avenue, Clayfield, the property is seen “as evidence of the confidence of the 1880s boom”.
It was said to be “characteristic of the large houses built on the hills to the northeast of the city and stylistically similar to contemporary houses such as Monte Video and Verney,” according to the State heritage registry.
The property has been listed for sale with agent Marianne White and Frances Roberts of Ray White – Ascot calling for expressions of interest. It has five bedrooms, four bathrooms and parking for three cars.
“First time offered in 23 years, this tightly held property has enjoyed only three previous owners since construction by affluent Scottish businessman, James Milne in 1890,” the listing said.
“Once considered as Queensland’s new Government House, ‘Tarranalma’s’ architectural significance is evident with her fine roof gables, twin stories, eight fireplaces, classic front and side verandas and four magnificent sets of bow-windows (eight in total), one above the other, projecting beyond the outside walls.”
Among its charms was decorative lacework verandas, Queensland red cedar timber work throughout, kiln fired rendered brick construction, 270-degree views from Morton Bay Islands to Mt Glorious, original stained-glass windows and doors, antique rewired gas lights, tranquil botanical courtyard with traditional fountain feature.
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