When real estate agent Drew Davies got chatting to a father and son at an open home four years ago, he didn’t expect to stumble on one of the country’s coolest properties.
“I met the owner four years ago at an open home and got to chatting. His son was on crutches and mentioned that he’d hurt himself at the skate bowl – in his house.”
That’s how Mr Davies found out about the 9-metre x 12-metre in-ground skate bowl in the living room of the stunning property at 32 Joynt Street in Hamilton, one of Brisbane’s highly sought-after suburbs, and promptly invited himself over to test it out.
Now Mr Davies, from Place Estate Agents Ascot, is the lead agent taking the property to auction on June 6.
“I’m obsessed with it,” he said. “I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t already been to the bank for myself.”
Mr Davies isn’t the only one who’s keen on the home. After posting a 15-second teaser video to his Instagram account, comments streamed in from skate and BMX pros from around the world asking, ‘Is this real?’, and the home has had plenty of interest from potential buyers from London, the US and all across Australia.
“I’ve done multiple virtual inspections via FaceTime, a lot more than I thought. It’s hot property.”
The unique feature on the ground level of the three-storey home was installed by the previous owner, the founder of Concrete Skateparks, but was an unfinished project when current vendor Justyn Wood purchased the property.
“I was looking for a place that would suit my two boys,” Mr Wood said. “I fell in love with this place from the beginning – I fell in love with the view from the back deck – and saw an opportunity to add my own flavour.
“I was in a position to finish the project. It just needed some imagination – and quite a lot of cash.”
Mr Wood enlisted the help of renowned Brisbane architecture firm Joe Adsett Architects, who renovated and extended the house, transforming it into a remarkable six-bedroom family home.
The property sits on a quiet street but is only four kilometres from Brisbane’s CBD. It boasts a large kitchen and dining zone that opens to an outdoor entertaining area, and a separate living room.
Downstairs are four bedrooms (with two opening to the lower deck) and an additional retreat space.
At the basement level is where you’ll find the guest bedroom, complete with bathroom and kitchenette, with views across the pool and established gardens, an additional kitchen and that wow-factor skate bowl. The bottom level is completely sound-insulated so the kids can run amok downstairs without disturbing the parents’ peace upstairs.
Since completing the works in 2007, the Wood family have had a raft of professional skateboarders and BMX riders using the bowl – and even hosted American pro skateboarder Tom Schaar on his last tour of the country.
“The professionals were here for a competition and it was a rainy day so they couldn’t practise outside, so they came to skate the ‘Wood bowl’.
“The focus is on the bowl, but it really is a beautiful home,” Mr Wood said.
Mr Davies said the house would appeal to large and active families – “they’re going to love this home”. Buyers have the option to convert the indoor bowl to an indoor swimming pool or wine cellar but Mr Davies said the vast majority of parents were happy to leave it as is.