Architect pays $2.5m for knockdown on tiny block

The courtyard of the home at 11 Abercrombie St, Teneriffe.

WELL-KNOWN Brisbane architect Shaun Lockyer has paid $2.5 million for a knockdown on a tiny 300 sqm lot in trendy Teneriffe.

Lockyer and his wife plan to design and build their forever home in about a year’s time on the site — the first time he has ever designed his own home from scratch.

“It will be a small, but incredibly bespoke home,” Mr Lockyer said.


Renowned architect Shaun Lockyer has bought a home in Teneriffe for $2.5m. Photo: Lyndon Mechielsen.

“It will be all about the landscaping and very much an artistic control of light that will be our family home — it’s not a project.

Heath Williams from Place Estate Agents sold the property at 11 Abercrombie Street prior to it going under the hammer on April 6.


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The home at 11 Abercrombie Street from the outside.

“It’s got a house on it, but it also had a DA on it to remove the house,” Mr Williams said. “Everyone was buying it for the land value. You had to have someone who was prepared to build a house on it.”

The existing plans by Cavill Architects are for a new, four-bedroom home with an office.

Inside the home at 11 Abercrombie Street that architect Shaun Lockyer has just bought.

Mr Lockyer said he bought the property for its location, and admits it was not cheap.

“My wife and I jokingly called this property a unicorn,” he said.

“We wanted a tiny block to downsize on. We also wanted a block that was private, exclusive, very few neighbours and ideally, opening on to borrowed landscape.”

One of architect, Shaun Lockyer’s, residential projects, ‘The Nest’ in Bardon. Picture. Scott Burrows.

Mr Lockyer said the property’s location on the northern slopes of Teneriffe Hill was a major factor in buying.

“In my opinion, it’s the best real estate in Brisbane — no question,” he said.

The two-level Abercrombie Street house has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, open-plan living spaces, a private courtyard and a north-eastern aspect.

‘Mooloolah House’ by Shaun Lockyer Architects. Photo: Scott Burrows.

The property is only 3km from Brisbane’s CBD, a walk away from the popular James Street and Gasworks precincts and the Teneriffe Ferry Terminal.

Mr Williams said buyer appetite was still strong for small sites — as long as they were well-located.

“We sold one (house) on a small block (253 sqm) at 27 Prospect Street recently for $3.175m, which equates to $12,500/sqm,” he said.

The V House designed by Shaun Lockyer. Photographer: Scott Burrows.

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