Historic White Gables to change ownership

‘White Gables’, a much-admired Brisbane residence, is on the market after being held by only three separate families since its creation in the early 1900s.

The beautiful house was commissioned by wealthy timber merchant George Brown who had the means to build a grand timber Queenslander, typical of the era.

Instead, Mr Brown chose to construct the statement wedding gift for his daughter out of magnificent red brick with an extensive use of the finest timbers throughout the interior.

Kate and John Naughton purchased 9 Craven St, Clayfield 15 years ago from a prominent local resident who had lived on the property until he was 102.

The Naughtons have undertaken a spectacular sensitive restoration of the home, transforming it into an elegant double-storey six-bedroom house, with self-contained guest quarters, a swimming pool and championship-size tennis court.

Ms Naughton described White Gables as a “fabulous family home”.

“People love this home as it’s got such a lovely feel about it,” she said.

“It’s a happy home and it’s designed to be shared so it’s been the perfect home for entertaining.”

Ms Naughton said restoring White Gables was a privilege.

“I think being the third owners is a significant thing and something we haven’t taken lightly,” she said.

“We have felt a responsibility to the house and neighbourhood to look after it and present it as best we can. You do feel like you’re a custodian to something precious, so we’ve been very careful about looking after it.”

With the youngest of their four children soon to graduate from secondary school, it’s time for the Naughtons to downsize.

White Gables is scheduled to go to auction on Saturday, June 9 at 3pm on-site through Ray White New Farm and Spring Hill principal Matt Lancashire and co-agent Christine Rudolph.

Mr Lancashire, the number one selling principal in Ray White’s Queensland network, achieved the highest residential sale last year in Clayfield.

“In the past 12 months, we have seen Clayfield command premium prices for large homes on good size blocks, particularly with tennis courts,” he said.

“The highest sale to date was 108 Oriel Road, Clayfield on 2834sq m, which I sold in September last year for $6,750,000. Homes of this calibre are rare to the market and are generally held for many decades like this one so when they do come to the market, they fill a pent-up demand from discerning buyers.”

Ms Rudolph is expecting a great level of interest on a local level, as well as from south of the border.

“We certainly find that many of our interstate buyers from Sydney and Melbourne have an affinity for this style of architecture, which is reflective of some of the period architecture found in Sydney’s eastern suburbs and also around Toorak and Kew in Melbourne,” she said.

“Locally, we are also seeing many wealthy professionals looking, in particular, for statement homes and a request for a tennis court is also high on their wish list. There are also expats currently buying back in Brisbane, particularly as they will be sending their children to school and eventually university, and they want to secure their long-term family home.”

Auction: on-site, 3pm, Saturday, June 9