Had Peter Hawes’s daughter not insisted on going to McDonald’s for breakfast after her basketball sport one Saturday morning in 1997, he would by no means have discovered his dream dwelling.
“We by no means go to McDonald’s!” Mr Hawes recounts.
“However at the present time we did and I picked up a raggy previous paper there and the primary characteristic was this home.
“I checked out it and thought; ‘Wow, thats a spectacular home.”
He instantly rang the agent and went to see the property at 154 Virginia Ave, Hawthorne that very same day … after which once more that night, which is when he made up his thoughts.
“I stood there, noticed the twinkling lights in the home, noticed the view from the rooftop and mentioned; ‘I’ll purchase this home’.
“I had a stunning dwelling the place I used to be and had no intention of shifting earlier than then.”
A revered physician, achieved athlete and board sport designer, Mr Hawes has had his justifiable share of life achievements, however this home is considered one of his biggest.
The landmark mansion on the Brisbane River has been a speaking level for the reason that Nineteen Eighties, when its designer, the late flamboyant entrepreneur James Penny, used to host lavish events on the rooftop terrace.
The massive, 2100 sqm riverfront web site was initially owned by Brisbane’s longest-serving Lord mayor Clem Jones, greatest recognized for turning the sleepy Bush Capital of Brisbane into the fashionable metropolis it’s at the moment.
The property was purchased in 1985 by Penny, who’s greatest recognized for growing Savoir Faire in Milton’s Park Street, Breakfast Creek Wharf and The Island occasion boat.
He constructed his dream dwelling on the positioning — a five-level, five-bedroom, five-bathroom residence with an iconic arched dome over the master suite.
However for the previous 23 years, the property dubbed the ‘Penny Home’ has belonged to Mr Hawes and his spouse, Dominika.
After they first moved in to the home in 1999, the couple determined it wanted a significant renovation.
“The entire decor was white, however color was in on the time and I’d seen a stunning home by (famend inside designer) John Croft,” Mr Hawes mentioned.
“It was magnificent and I simply mentioned to John, duplicate that home.”
The end result was a multi-coloured inside, with each wall in each room a distinct color.
“John Croft mentioned on the time; ‘Any design I do for you, I can nearly assure that for 10 to 12 years it’ll be in vogue’, and it was fairly true,” Mr Hawes mentioned.
“In 2015 (John) got here again to the home and mentioned; ‘As a lot as I really like color, the developments at the moment are all again to impartial stone colors and white and also you’ll have to do this right here’.”
And that’s what the Hawes’s did.
“We turned the total circle, took out all color and repainted crisp white partitions and went again to limestone and carrara marble,” he mentioned. “The home appears fantastic now.”
At a price of $2.2 million, Mr Hawes admits to pouring his life financial savings into the house’s makeover.
“My aggressive spirit kicked in,” he mentioned. “I wished to make it nearly as good as every other up to date home in Brisbane, and that drove me.”
That aggressive spirit comes from years of over-achieving — within the educational subject and on the sporting subject, the place he represented Australia in contact soccer and athletics.
The home itself definitely lives as much as its proprietor’s excessive requirements.
All 5 ranges have massive, curved balconies and there are views from nearly each room.
The open-plan dwelling and eating space hosts a contemporary kitchen, geared up with the newest Miele home equipment, together with a steam oven/microwave, a pyrolytic oven, a gradual cooker/warming drawer and a six-plate induction cooktop.
The hallway on this degree is adorned with black-and-white portraits of stars of the silver display, together with Robert Redford, Paul Newman and Steve McQueen.
Two of Mr Hawes’s favorite items of furnishings are the burnt wooden and clear resin espresso desk and the corridor desk from Timothy Oulton, every of which weighs greater than 50kg.
With a large 27.5 metres of river frontage, the pontoon space was as soon as the house berth for Cricket star Jeff Thompson’s constitution boat named “Queenslander”, which used to take sightseers and partygoers up and down the Brisbane River for a few years.
That house now accommodates a sprawling, resort fashion pool space, together with an 80,000 litre pool with a waterfall, undercover day beds, a barbecue and informal lounge, a self-contained pool home, a jetty and a non-public seashore.
The property additionally contains a championship-sized tennis courtroom with a Balinese-inspired viewing deck.
On the underside degree of the house is the video games room, that includes a house health club and a temperature-controlled wine cellar, lined in pure limestone, which has a Eurocave wine show system which might maintain 900 bottles, protected by a double-glazed, argon gas-filled glass door.
However one whole nook of the room is made up of cabinets upon cabinets of board video games.
It was an curiosity Mr Hawes picked up within the 1988 after attending a board sport conference in america.
Within the years since, Hawes has developed a number of historic themed board video games which were recognised at a world degree for his or her design.
And it’s a passion he hopes to proceed after promoting the home.
“I really like the problem of designing a board sport,” Mr Hawes mentioned.
“They’re troublesome as a result of you need to give you a brand new concept on a regular basis.
“I’ve to take a seat down for days and days on finish to give you one.”
Sensible home know-how has been put in all through the house, permitting telephone and I-Pad management of the lights, blinds, audiovisual techniques, storage doorways, entry gate, video cameras – even the pool filter.
Temper and scene choices give a preset mixture of lights and music and there are six separate music zones by way of the home, every individually programmable for music content material and quantity.
However the hero of the house must be the rooftop entertaining terrace, that includes a wine-tasting space, bar and occasion space, boasting 360 diploma views.
It’s a view Mr Hawes goes to seek out arduous to say goodbye to.
“I’m feeling very scared,” he mentioned.
“I’m unsure the place I’m going to go to subsequent.
“I’ll positively go away this home with a tear in my eye. It’s the most effective home I’ve ever had.”
The 64-year-old and his spouse at the moment are deciding whether or not to swap the river for the coast.
“Why am I shifting? I’ve been right here 23 years and I simply thought that I wanted to be adventurous and dwell elsewhere.
“I’ll by no means have a home as good as this one once more — it’s the whole lot I ever wished — however I really feel time is working out.
“I can’t clarify it, apart from that I believe it might be boring to be in the identical home for 40 years.”
154 Virginia Ave, Hawthorne
3 automotive areas,
Brokers: Dwight Ferguson and Khaela Hawes, Ray White Ascot
Contact: 0412 385 720; 0402 407 272
Particulars: Expressions of curiosity closing 4pm, Thursday, September 24