Buyers in the market for a rare property have many options to choose from in Queensland, if they know where to look.
Homes and businesses can often be built from historic buildings and other times they can come with something extra, from private 18 hole golf courses to even a church.
The Eagles Nest
This Sunshine Coast hinterland home is impressive by itself; with seven bedrooms and bathrooms, teppanyaki pavilion, infinity pool, and tennis court all built around a 150 year old fig tree.
The Eagle’s Nest also includes a private 18-hole golf course and driving range, with golf carts and water tanks included. The residence has designated staff quarters too.
The selling agent claims there are only two homes with a golf course like it in Australia.
A fire station in Brisbane
The old Yeronga fire station has a long history. It was built in 1934 to house fire engines but later became a camp for soldiers during World War II and famously had a effigy of Adolf Hitler hanging from the awning.
It was decommissioned in 1974 and renovated into an office building after 2001. Much of the original fire station features remain, but the fire pole was removed.
A post office turned olive grove
173 Biddaddaba Creek Road is in Queensland’s Scenic Rim and nearly 150 years old. It was first built as Biddaddaba’s post office but was later converted into a farm building, complete with a granary which still stands.
The owners cared for a 1200 tree olive grove and vegetable garden, which supplied a fresh food business. The residence has five bedrooms and two bathrooms.
New Farm’s old sugar refinery
The administration building of the New Farm sugar refinery was the only standalone home built when the industrial structure was turned into housing in 2004. 2141/32 Refinery Parade is the most exclusive of the 300-plus residences.
Downstairs also includes two original fireplaces, used to burn char to refine sugar in the late 1800s to early 1900s. The house hasn’t changed hands since it was first bought.
Your own personal church
For the particularly pious, 39 Paynes Road is up for sale, featuring a church not far from the three bedroom Queensland on the six hectare block. The property is in Alloway, five minutes from Bundaberg.
The church comes with the pews, altar, and bishop’s chair. Priest not included.
Don’t break the bank
The Grand Old Bank was built for the Bank of New South Wales in Chinchilla in 1934. The huge building has been converted into a huge residence with six bedrooms, three bathrooms, two dining and living rooms, and four fireplaces.
It sits on a 2023 square metre block of private gardens and courtyards and features double brick walls with rendering. It’s up for sale for $549,000.