Fire sale! Burning desire behind sale of old Brisbane fire station

first_imgThe entrance to the former Ithaca Fire Station at 140 Enoggera Tce, Paddington.Due to its heritage listing, the fire doors can never be changed.Firefighters’ lockers and the solid timber fire pole — despite being half its original size — are constant reminders from the building’s former life. IS THIS QUEENSLAND’S MOST EXPENSIVE KITCHEN? Former owner of Brisbane’s old Ithaca Fire Station, John Summerhayes. Picture: Jamie Hanson.ONE of Brisbane’s most iconic buildings, the century-old former Ithaca Fire Station, has sold at auction for $1.375 million. The heritage-listed residence — complete with an original fireman’s pole — at 140 Enoggera Terrace, Paddington, will now be home to a dental practice. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE The original timber fire pole remains in the property. Picture: Jamie Hanson.Marketing agent Max Hadgelias of Ray White Paddington said the property attracted five registered bidders at auction and inquiries from local investors and owner-occupiers.Mr Hadgelias said the buyer planned to live upstairs, run a home dental practice on the lower level and hold some of it as an investment. The former Ithaca Fire Station at 140 Enoggera Tce, Paddington, has sold.Vendor John Summerhayes bought the property for a “bargain” in 1996 when it was a derelict building and spent the past two decades breathing new life into the property.The 81-year-old converted the upstairs area into a three-bedroom home and leased out the lower level for commercial use. AUSSIE HOME BUYERS LURED OVERSEAS More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoIthaca Fire Station in the early 1940s. The upper level of the former Ithaca Fire Station is used as a private residence.center_img A fire truck outside Ithaca Fire Station in the early 1940s.He was reluctant to sell his labour of love, but hasn’t moved very far — downsizing to an apartment next door.Perched on one of the city’s highest points, the commanding residence was built in 1918 and retains some of the original fire station features. COAST PAD TIPPED TO PULL A CROWD The upper level of the building is used as a private residence.He said the buyer had been looking for the right property in the area for the past 10 months.The location was a major drawcard, with Enoggera Terrace boasting some of Paddington’s finest properties. The former Ithaca Fire Station at 140 Enoggera Tce, Paddington, has sold.last_img read more