High on Balmoral Hill overlooking the city, 11 Ryan Avenue has been an architectural masterpiece for many years.
When owner Mark McCormack bought a block of land about 20 years ago,
The property next door became available later, and he snapped it too.
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The aim was to use double blocks to create a unique and family friendly home.
“We didn’t just want a regular rectangular house overlooking the city,” McCormack said. “We wanted something that would withstand the challenges of time, both architecturally and physically.”
Inspired by architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright and iconic buildings such as the Guggenheim Museum in New York, McCormack sought the expertise of Sunshine Coast architect Frank Lloyd to realize his vision.
The result is a stunning multi-story, 6-bedroom, 3-bathroom modernist home with a curved cantilever balcony and entertainment area that captures a panoramic view of Brisbane from all floors.
Accommodation also includes a pool with city views, a 3D cinema, an internal lift, automation, a temperature-controlled wine cellar, and a triple garage.
One year from design and two years from construction, the property was completed within three years, and McCormack said it proved to be an ideal family home.
“It’s a great home for teenage families, but it’s also suitable for older couples with children,” he said.
“This house is designed to provide excellent separation and accommodates a lockup and vacation lifestyle where older parents live on one level and guests can be accommodated on another level. “
The stunning city background and vast decks also provide the perfect environment for entertainment.
Just last year, McCormack held a 50th birthday party there on the same night as Riverfire, with over 100 friends and neighbors attending the celebration against the backdrop of fireworks.
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I also hosted an official photo of my daughter here. It was a really memorable special event, “he said.
Entertainment may be a highlight, but McCormack said he had the opportunity to enjoy the ever-changing landscape every day.
“The northern deck offers the most beautiful morning sun and stunning views of the city across Newsted,” he said. “And the sunset is amazing. No two are the same.”
Inspired by the successful design and the approaching adulthood of his three children, McCormack said he was probably keen to work on a new project north of Brisbane.
“I hope this property will be handed over to a family who appreciates engineering and architecture,” he said.
“The view and design of the house is breathtaking when you arrive, but the interior is warm, homely and quiet.
“It’s a really unique property that doesn’t repeat.”