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Shafston Estate, which includes one of Brisbane’s oldest houses, is on the market

March 15, 2019

The Shafston Estate has almost 1 hectare of land.

A large parcel of prestige riverfront land, which includes with one of Brisbane city’s oldest houses, is on the market.

Known as The Shafston Estate, the 1-hectare block at 23 Castlebar Street in Kangaroo Point has been the home of the Shafston College educational facility for more than 20 years.

The site features six freestanding campus buildings totalling about 2675 square metres, one of which is the heritage-listed Shafston House that was entered on the Queensland heritage register in 2005 for its historical, cultural, and aesthetic significance.

The estate was previously on the market in 2013, and property records show that the estate was last sold in 1993 for $1.8 million.

Kangaroo Point is one of Brisbane’s most prestigious suburbs. An $18.48 million sale recorded there in early 2017, for a riverfront home on almost 1200 square metres, made it Brisbane’s most expensive house at the time.

The property is in one of the most prestigious suburbs of Brisbane. The property is in one of the most prestigious suburbs of Brisbane.

Herron Todd White Brisbane director Gavin Hulcombe said prestige inner-city riverfront property had been in strong demand lately due to its scarcity.

“It is unusual to have a parcel of this size, in this proximity to the city, with river frontage. Riverfront sites have been quite constrained throughout Brisbane,” Mr Hulcombe said.

“There has been a lot of interest generated in riverfront property as evidenced by a couple of recent home-site purchases.

“It is a very popular location. It is unusual to have this size block of land through this pocket, irrespective of being on the river.”

A riverfront property in New Farm, directly opposite Shafston Estate, sold in March for $7.75 million, equalling the Brisbane auction price record.

Shafston College has operated from the site for 20 years. Shafston College has operated from the site for 20 years.

State government records show that Shafston House, designed by well known 19th century architect Robin Dods, was constructed in several stages between 1851 and 1904 and is an example of the Victorian gothic architecture style that was popular at the time.

According to the heritage register, it is likely the third oldest house in the Brisbane metropolitan area, after Newstead House (1846) and Bulimba House (1849-50) and a rare surviving remnant of a riverine estate of a type typical in the early development of Brisbane.

Marketed by Cushman & Wakefield, expressions of interest close at 4pm on Wednesday 10 April.

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