Wednesday 30 June 2021

Stunning iso sanctuary house in Brisbane’s Westlake ideal for the lockdown era

A home so comforting it’s being dubbed property’s answer to a warm hug has hit the market – offering buyers a prime piece of Brisbane real estate that the owners say will even boost your mental health.

Constructed in the shape of a wave and ensconced in greenery, 11 Timaru Close, Westlake, features a pool, a tennis court and 2858 square metres of leafy land just 16 kilometres from the city while emulating a design inspired by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright.


11 Timaru Close, Westlake QLD 4074

The sprawling four-bedroom home – built in the 1980s to flow seamlessly with the surrounding nature – will go up for auction on July 10 at 2.30pm, just two years after it last sold for $3.075 million.

While it has been a short and sweet love affair for vendors Theresa and Bob Gibbs, the 927-square-metre abode was nevertheless a prized haven – particularly during the toughest pandemic periods.

“It felt like a sanctuary – you’d close the front door, and the world was behind you but without feeling enclosed or isolated at all,” Mrs Gibbs said.


A sanctuary without being isolated. Photo: Ray White

“The way Donald Spencer (the designer) designed it was with all curved walls so it has a different atmosphere to a house that’s rectangular and it almost cocoons you. It’s just beautiful to live in, and with COVID, having a house like that to live in is going to be good for your mental health and even your physical health.

“Across the river, [the land] belongs to the University of Queensland, and that’s the research facility, which means there are just paddocks with cows, and that land will never be sold,” she said.

“It’s a rare gem to find a home like this.”

Mrs Gibbs said the incredible design of the interior was one of a kind, with a billiards room, a sauna, two gas fireplaces and an incredible main bedroom suite adding to the relaxed luxury feel.


Feels like luxury. Photo: Ray White

“The marble that covers all the floors is beautiful Italian marble, and it’s probably almost irreplaceable. It was laid in the ’80s when the house was built, and I have no idea what it would cost to do that today … I’m still astounded by how perfect everything just works together, and every element fits so beautifully. In fact, every room connects with the outside. Nothing jars.”

Selling agent Christine Rudolph of Ray White New Farm said the “iconic Australian home” had garnered huge amounts of interest with locals through to London-based expats all vying for the property.

“It is a rare residence because of the frontage of the river … and there’s not a neighbour in sight – all you can hear are the birds and the trees,” Ms Rudolph said.

“You capture dual reaches of the river; you’ve got the perfect north-east facing aspect, and you have a little estuary that cuts to the corner of the property, and behind that, you’ve got acres and acres of council reserve and bushland.

“The curve of the home really harmonises with the curves of the river, and extensive views create the illusion of being connected completely with nature, and even the swimming pool was designed like a lagoon to replicate the curves of the river, so the fluidity of the home and the connection with it is completely mesmerising.”


The curves play on the bends in the river. Photo: Ray White

It’s a tantalising description that Mrs Rudolph said was particularly capturing the interest of prestige home hunters who were fleeing the concrete jungle in their droves in search of acreage hideaways.

“We’ve had quite a number of prominent Brisbane residents since COVID who have reviewed their lifestyle choices, and their preferences are now to be in a large home surrounded by nature,” she said.


Nature all around. Photo: Ray White

“They are not in a position anymore to travel overseas, and people really value their home and their space, and this home has had a lot of interest because structurally, it’s a masterpiece as well as it lends itself to being transformed.

“There is also definitely a return to grandeur and a return to big homes, and we’ve seen a complete 360 to what we were seeing years ago. Buyers now want space, and they are paying for it, and that’s where the best sales we have done have been.”


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