These five houses in Brisbane provide a perfect base for the budding architect, the perfectionist or the experienced renovator — plus, their reasonable price tag means you can splurge in the details that matter to you.
From sprawling brick homes to dainty cottages, these houses are begging for an inspired homeowner to give them a new lease of life.
34 Kanturk Street, Ferny Grove 4055
Price: Offers over $495,000
3 bed, 1 bath, 1 car
Agent: Coronis Arana Hills 07 3351 5151, Tamika Kent, Sam Scott
This good-sized 597 square metre property is in a great spot, close to three local schools, convenient nearby shops and a local train station.
The mid-’70s brick house is a sturdy foundation for renovators, while its timber floors, mountain views, French doors and a concrete patio offer some well-placed features to integrate into a new design.
What makes the property particularly attractive is its established greenery and spacious garden, just waiting for an experienced hand to landscape it into a tropical oasis.
104 West Avenue, Wynnum 4178
Price: Offers over $475,000
4 bed, 2 bath, 3 car
Agent: RE/MAX Executives, Matthew Griffiths 0420 308 199
This four bedroom home is positioned right at the front of the block, so it offers the opportunity to either expand the existing house or add a second property (or granny flat) behind.
With bright, light-filled living spaces and a rustic, country-homestead feel, the house could be easily transformed into a modern but comfortable family base.
Conveniently, it’s just a short walk from bus stops, a train station and Wynnum’s shopping and business district, and there are seven schools within three kilometres of this well-placed property.
A huge garage and storage area underneath the house could make for a sprawling entertainment area or a self-contained living space, not to mention there’s more than enough room for an in-ground pool at the rear of the property.
27 Lawson Street, Oxley 4075
3 bed, 1 bath, 1 car
Agent: Ray White Sherwood, Charles Lilley 0415 829 196, Douglas May0410 488 110
This three bedroom home in the rapidly-growing suburb of Oxley has a secret: it may look rustic from afar, but inside, it’s actually a partly-renovated clean slate.
Set on a generous parcel of north-facing land, there’s plenty of space to build a granny flat, landscaped garden, children’s play area, pool or anything else that takes your fancy.
Agent Doug May said it would be easy to add value to the home.
“It would be fairly aesthetic renovation, it wouldn’t take too much to lift it completely,” he said.
“It’s a good sized block and we’re seeing more and more sub-divisions happening in the area, so it’s definitely a huge opportunity to get a larger parcel of land in a very much up-and-coming area.
“We’ve seen more and more demand for the need for dual living capacities, whether it be for an elderly parent or a teenager, and there’s certainly plenty of potential and scope there to have an additional living setup.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for someone to get into the market and put their stamp on a property and I think they’ll do very very well there, over the short- and long-term.”
2/42 Booligal Street, Carina 4152
2 bed, 1 bath, 2 car
Agent: Realty8, Royden Juriansz 0478 677 044
This low-set villa-style home is spacious and well-maintained, perfect for renting or renovating as you see fit.
With large bedrooms, plenty of storage and a renovated kitchen and bathrooms, it offers a comfortable base with plenty of options to decorate and modernise in your own time.
It would also make a neat addition to an investment portfolio, just seven kilometres from the CBD and two kilometres from Carindale’s Westfield shopping centre.
The home’s charming outdoor courtyard would only need some homey furnishings to make it a perfect entertaining space.
5 Yallambee Road, Jindalee 4075
Price: Offers over $450,000
3 bed, 1 bath, 1 car
Agent: Innovation Real Estate, Jan Laing and Alan Peters 0411 427 452
This home’s lofty elevation and established greenery make it ripe for a revamp.
With a neat floor plan and the addition of a sunroom for entertaining, a lick of paint and some modernised appliances could work wonders for this bright, sunny house.
Agent Jan Laing said the home’s “unbelievable” price made it the perfect base for renovation.
“It’s got good bones, it’s an older home with some quite nice features to it,” she said.
“It’s a terrific position in the sense that it’s very close to shops, transport, you can walk to primary school, walk to high school, bowls club across the road, shops just behind you, pool two doors down — it’s got a lot going for it.
“It’s something that I don’t think would cost a lot of money to renovate to make it something very special and somebody could have a lovely home out of it.”