BRISBANE power couple Claire and Jim Stening have put their exquisite Hamilton home on the market, and it seems only fitting that it’s an architectural masterpiece.
Just as the local artist’s paintings command premium prices, the house is also likely to fetch a pretty penny — around the $6 million mark.
The mother-of-three, who is well-known for her still life works, and Mr Stening, who is the founder and managing director of fixed income broker FIIG Securities, recently extended and renovated the heritage-listed house.
The grand 1928 estate known as ‘Lynford’ at 132 Windermere Road has been described as “the best example of a Tudor revival home” in the city.
It has five bedrooms and four bathrooms on a huge 1503 sqm of blue-chip real estate.
Records show the property last sold in 2012.
Mrs Stening said she and her husband fell in love with the house because of its age and how well it was built.
“I have always loved that house, always admired it,” Mrs Stening said.
“It’s kind of like a fairytale house to me.
“It’s got great bones and we knew it had potential straight away.”
They recruited local architect Richard Groves to renovate and extend the house, without compromising its integrity.
“It’s nice the way they’ve blended the old with the new,” Mrs Stening said.
The home is a combination of brick, stonework, stucco, timber and a roofline comprising a series of intersecting gables.
Features include a formal lounge room with coffered ceilings, chandeliers, and a brick fireplace.
Next door is a sunroom, library and alfresco loggia overlooking an outdoor entertaining space.
The kitchen is a mix of sleek stone, marble and rustic timber, and comes with a butler’s pantry.
On the upper level is the master suite with walk-in robe and ensuite, two more bedrooms, Stening’s studio and a bathroom.
On the other side of home are two more bedrooms, a glass framed office and a rooftop terrace.
The resort-style pool can be seen through glass panels in the subterranean garage, where there is also a wine cellar.
There is also a full-size tennis court, which Mrs Stening said she would miss greatly.
“I use it four or five times a week,” she said.
“And we just upgraded the court, so it’s great.”
But she said it was time to sell, though they planned on staying in the area.
“It’s probably a bit big for us all now,” Mrs Stening said.
Marketing agent Dwight Ferguson of Ray White – Ascot said the home was being sold without a price guide, but was likely to rival the sale of nearby 30 Windemere Road, which fetched $5.95 million in April last year.
“It’ll be a signature sale, there’s no doubt about it,” Mr Ferguson said.