Inside revamp of 110-year-old heritage ‘farmhouse’

Heritage home Murphy House at Mirvac’s Ashford Residences development in Everton Park is ready to witness another 100 years. Picture: Scott Burrows.

A 110-year-old farmhouse linked to one of the longest surviving inner city dairy farms is looking for new owners after a stunning renovation by developer Mirvac.

Built around 1913, Murphy House had long been a landmark in Brisbane’s Everton Park where one of Brisbane’s longest surviving inner-city dairy farms operated until the 1970s.

It was bought by Mirvac in 2016 when the ASX-listed developer acquired surrounding land for the $86m Ashford Residences development.

The farmhouse served for two years as the Ashford Residences sales centre before Mirvac put the Queenslander through a full restoration and upgrade to bring back its former glory.

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This home has witnessed 110 years of change. Picture: Scott Burrows.

Classic black and white tones across the new downstairs areas. Picture: Scott Burrows.

The new back veranda opens onto a fresh lawn. Picture: Scott Burrows.

Mirvac general manager residential Queensland, Warwick Bible, said they were excited to be able to offer the home for sale for a new family to create memories in the historic property.

“The home was part of the Murphy family’s story for several generations, and they have told us how many happy memories they shared there over the years, right through to great-great-great grandchildren,” he said.

“We have taken care to preserve and restore the heritage features of the home, while giving it a contemporary farmhouse design for a new family to love and cherish for many years to come.”

Mr Bible said Mirvac expected to the home to “be in high demand, with properties of this heritage, calibre, size and location extremely rare”.

The house, which was originally built around 1913, is already drawing enquiries.

The original Queenslander feel maintained upstairs. Picture: Scott Burrows.

Inside the upstairs living zone. Picture: Scott Burrows.

High ceilings and timber features in an upstairs bedroom. Picture: Scott Burrows.

It’s believed to have started life as the home of Brisbane butcher Richard Trout, seeing mega changes across the landscape from timber activity, to farmland and a thriving residential suburb.

The area had been primarily agricultural until the turn of the century according to Brisbane City Council when farms were subdivided and offered for sale for residential development, with the first post office and store opening around 1910.

The Queenslander was heritage listed by Brisbane City Council in 2016, having been the home of dairy farmer Patrick Murphy who bought the property off the Trouts and became a major employer in the area from the 1920s.

A BCC history paper on the Murphy’s Dairy residence said “the family owned much of the land adjoining Kedron Brook and the house originally stood on 419-429 South Pine Road. It was moved to its present site around 1998 when the land was sold and developed for retail uses”.

More modern touches in the new downstairs living zone. Picture: Scott Burrows.

Free flowing kitchen and dining zone downstairs. Picture: Scott Burrows.

The kitchen flows straight out to an open veranda. Picture: Scott Burrows.

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“Members of the Murphy family continued to occupy the house until the 21st century.”

Mr Murphy’s son Brian – who took over the reins of the dairy from his dad – lived in the home for his entire 85 years until 2015.

The council said the house stood as “a comparatively small remainder of the original large dairy farm land, but still a reminder of the area’s rural origins”.

Mirvac is putting the finishing touches on its Ashford Residences community, which is anticipated for completion in late 2023, and will feature a total of 80 terrace homes and 44 freestanding homes.

A modern bathroom blending with a classic sash window. Picture: Scott Burrows.

There is one bedroom downstairs with access to the garden. Picture: Scott Burrows.

The home at 4 Murphy Court has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, two living spaces and expansive verandas sitting on an 805sq m block.

The new look farmhouse has what was described as a free-flowing kitchen, dining and lounge on the lower level, as well as a bedroom, study nook, bathroom and laundry.

Upstairs is a master bedroom with walk-in-robe, two more bedrooms, a study, bathroom and multipurpose area, as well as wraparound outdoor veranda and enclosed sunroom.

The property is listed at offers over $2m.


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