Friday, February 25, 2011

Leckhampton, Kangaroo Point

Are you cashed up? Looking for a real estate bargain? Want one of Brisbane's delightful old homes? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you might be interested in this real estate advertisement - check out the video for some great aerial views of Brisbane.

The large combined area of real estate sites features the heritage listed house Leckhampton as its headline act. Leckhampton was built around 1889 for a Charles Snow, a Brisbane jeweller. Although the state governement's heritage listing refers to him as the founder of the Boy Scouts movement in Queensland, I believe that it was actually his son, Charles Jr, who was the first Chief Scoutmaster and subsequently the first Commissioner of the scouting movement here. This is what Leckhampton looks like currently.

(Photos: © 2011 the foto fanatic)

There isn't all that much information about the history of the house. The Snow family remained there until 1924. The house was converted into flats in the 1960s, and then had a rather extensive internal makeover in 1984, when it was transformed into office accommodation. This is what it used to look like around the time of its construction.
(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #68750)

At the time of the 1984 renovation, another building in similar style was constructed on the property at the rear of Leckhampton. It too is office space, and the combined floor space is quite large. It seems that the opportunity exists to buy a consolidated area of land that extends right through to Main St - I'm sure that if this transpires it will be one of Brisbane's most significant real estate transactions.

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