If you’re looking for a home with a difference, this Brisbane property with a twist could be just the space you – and 250 of your closest friends – are looking for.
While you’d be forgiven for walking past Woolloongabba’s abode without taking a second look, it has quite a history.
It was once the home of highly anticipated dances, as well as a community center, acting classes, live music concerts, weddings and more.
“It’s a crazy house that has hosted many events for 110 years,” said owner Jun Lee, who put the property – a hall with a three-bedroom house in the back – on the market at the end. from last year.
18 Trinity Lane, Woolloongabba QLD 4102
It’s the sort of house where strangers turn up on your doorstep hoping to take a stroll down memory lane, Mr Lee noting the recent visit of some ladies from Far North Queensland who wanted to reminisce about the dances of their youth.
For much of the past two decades, under Mr. Lee’s ownership, the hall was rented out to an acting school, but in recent years it has hosted Mr. Lee and Airbnb guests. He had hoped to open it as a concert hall before the coronavirus pandemic hit, but has now decided to sell to free up funds for other projects.
“It can be anything you want, it’s so versatile,” he said of the venue, which seats around 250 patrons.
“When we bought it 21 years ago, I never thought I would sell it. Such a house is rare and also in this place.”
Buyers could use the space for a yoga class or watch live music with friends, or live in the house and rent out the room, sanitation permitting.
The 508 square meter block is 650 meters from The Gabba (Brisbane’s cricket ground) and has the potential to build up to three floors, subject to council approval, the selling agent said Christo Papas, of Place Estate Agents Woolloongabba.
“Everyone likes the location, it’s within the grounds of the Olympics. It’s quite unique though, it’s not your normal residential property where [house hunters] flocking,” he said.
It has sparked strong interest in the property, mostly from buyers eyeing it for both commercial and residential use, since it hit the market last month. A minority sought to integrate the hall into the house.
Mr Papas said the Woolloongabba market had attracted strong interest, particularly after it was named the country’s best suburb for residential property investors last year.
Mr Papas said there had been buyer interest to the tune of $1million in the property. Mr. Lee also listed the property on Gumtree in recent days with a negotiable price of $2 million.
Records show the three-bedroom home was last traded for $275,000 in 2000.
The median home price in Woolloongabba is $1.13 million, according to estate figures.