Huge thanks to Clive for pointing us in the direction of the Chateau Nous 1930s listed art deco property in Ascot, Queensland, Australia.
It really is something special too.
According to the agent, Chateau Nous is a listed ‘villa’, built for dentist Dr. George Stewart and his wife Eileen in 1938 ands the work of architect DFW Roberts.
The agent adds that the houses considered ‘ultra-modern’ at the time, which is perhaps unsurprising in a ‘conservative up-market suburb’ of Ascot. Has it changed much? Well, a little.
Initially the house was built with servants’ quarters and an electric dumb waiter to move food quickly to the upstairs breakfast room. Further down the line, a billiard room and a concrete air-raid shelter were added, with a ‘secret tunnel’ located from the air-raid shelter to the original garage that runs underneath the house. Yes, there is more to this place than meets the eye.
Moving further down the line, new owners in 1986 added a tennis court and swimming pool, plus a new master bedroom and ensuite and ‘considerable’ remodelling of the kitchen and family room. But bear in mind this place has only has three owners, with the last of those also adding their mark in 2004 with further work.
That owner count is perhaps the main reason why the house has retained a good amount of its originality despite those structural changes. This is a house you would fall in love with for the architecture and overall that is still faithful to the 1930s vision. From the glazing to the railings and the internal doors and much of the flooring, there is so much to appreciate here. Oh yes, all those lovely curves of course.
Space is over two floors, with the foyer leading to a lounge and a dining room. The lounge has a corner brick fireplace with a chrome hood and mirrored panels above the mantelpiece, as well as feature glass bricks. A former garage has been repurposed for a guest bedroom, but has kept the timber and glass garage doors. Note that these have also been reproduced for the more recent garage building.
The former servants quarters are used for an ‘informal television room’, with the ground floor also offering a study extension accessed from the family room, as well as that more recent kitchen area that leads into the garden.
The first floor breakfast room still has that electric dumb waiter cabinet, with the remaining bedrooms, including the main bedroom extension, also found on this floor. There are five bedrooms in total.
The outside space is also quite a talking point too. A concrete swimming pool is there, along with a pool pavilion with an outdoor kitchen and BBQ area, a lawn tennis court, a garage and of course, the main gardens.
More detail and images on the listing, so do check those out. If you want to be just the fourth owner of this place, $5,750,000 is the asking price.
Images and details courtesy of realestate.com.au. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.