Not to be outdone by famous neighbours like a former prime minister and two job queens, a pair of emptynesters converted one of their bedrooms into a lovely wine cellar.
Mike and Rhonda O’Dwyer, whose children had long left the nest, had been keeping their spare bedrooms free for when the offspring visited.
But, 12 months ago and almost 18 years since they’d bought the luxury apartment in prestigious Admiralty Quays, the couple decided to bite the bullet and turn one bedroom into their wine cellar.
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This brave move came after they’d successfully begun using another bedroom as an office in a building that’s home to the likes of former Australian PM Kevin Rudd, his wife jobs richlister Therese Rein and fellow employment queen Sarina Russo.
“We decided we had so much space and said, you know what, this room would make a marvellous wine cellar,” Mr O’Dwyer told The Courier-Mail.
“It holds 500 bottles. Outside the entrance of the wine cellar there’s a wine tasting room, where we have classic stools and tables.
“It’s perfect for entertaining private, intimate numbers. You can get together with a couple of people, sit and chat just outside cellar and taste a variety of wines.”
The rooms had been used for whenever their children or other guests came to stay over.
“We have already converted one bedroom into an office. I’m not a wine expert, but I’ve always enjoyed a nice red. I’m more of a social person who enjoys the company of others, so the cellar has given my wife and I the opportunity to have friends drop in and share a glass of wine together.”
They now have one bedroom which is theirs, one which they use as an office and another that’s a guest room.
The property is not your average home, admittedly – by the riverfront in the Brisbane CBD.
It’s a tightly held residential building, according to real estate agent Judy Goodger of Place Estate Agents.
“This is the first time this stunning apartment in Admiralty Quays has been on the market in nearly two decades,” she said.
“The wine cellar holds 500 bottles and we believe it’s the only apartment in the building that has one this large. It is the perfect home for those who want to entertain or simply relax and enjoy the priceless, panoramic views.”
As outstanding as all that is, the most amazing part of the home, according to Ms Goodger, was its “floor-to-ceiling glass that encompasses the breathtaking views of the city, Story Bridge, and river”.
The three bedroom, one wine cellar, three bathroom, double car park luxury apartment will go to auction at 6pm on March 20 at 33 Lytton Road, East Brisbane.
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