A STUNNING, heritage-listed Queenslander built in 1913 on a sprawling, blue-chip Coast acreage is going under the hammer.
Buderim House, a lush family home built by Herbert Fielding, son of pioneer John Fielding, is being auctioned on September 16 at 2pm.
The family which has called the striking property home since 1997 is looking to downsize, as the kids have grown up and moved out, meaning the 6315sq m, level acreage is more than required for owners Jackie and Tim Banks.
RP Data shows the property was bought for $530,000 back in 1997 and architecturally-designed extensions were built in 2003 on the property which in 1934 hosted royalty, when the Duke of Gloucester stayed at Buderim House on a royal visit.
Buderim House has been a popular wedding venue, tea house and art gallery in the past, while its viewing tower, which offers sweeping, 360 degree views including Old Woman Island, was also known as one of the region's unofficial lighthouses for boats on the Maroochy River.
Ray White Buderim marketing agent Lew Pottinger said Buderim House was a "pretty special property" and "certainly is a one-off for Buderim".
The five-bedroom, four-bathroom home has been on the market for about 18 months, having gone through a tender process previously, but with the three kids all raised and on their career paths, Mr Pottinger said the owners were eager to move onto their next chapter.
"I should imagine it would be one of the oldest homes in Buderim," Mr Pottinger said.
There are many features that underpin the vintage home, from the leadlight 'Buderim House' panel in the front door, to the grand entrance, fireplaces, VJ walls, 3.5m-high ceilings, Blackbutt timber floors, French doors and Norfolk Island timber joinery.
The viewing tower gives views from the coast to the hinterland, while the home features a home office, family kitchen, formal lounge and dining room, family room, games/media room with customised built-in bar and commercial wine fridge.
A wraparound verandah adds to the atmosphere of the home, with huge, flat, fully-fenced and landscaped lawns and stunning resort-style pool and heated spa highlights of the outdoors.
There is plenty of room for the cars too, with five vehicle lock-up garaging available on one of Buderim's highest, level-block acreages.
A north-east aspect captures cooling breezes and ocean views for the Queenslander which once overlooked the Fielding banana plantation.
Inspections are by appointment for those interested in snapping up a significant slice of Sunshine Coast history, with the auction pencilled in to be held on-site at 10 Orme Rd on September 16 at 2pm.
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