Former Queensland premier Peter Beattie and his wife Heather are selling the big family house and downsizing to an apartment closer to the city. Photo: Supplied The 1920s house sits on an 810-square-metre block with in-ground pool. Photo: Supplied
Following extensive renovations over the years the couple are now hoping to pocket about $3 million – well above the suburb’s median house price of $1.075 million. Photo: Supplied
After a failed attempt at resurrecting his political career at the recent federal election, former Queensland premier Peter Beattie and his wife Heather are doing what a lot of couples do at their stage in life – selling the big family house and downsizing to an apartment closer to the city.
The Beatties have lived in their two-storey Queenslander in the posh inner-northern Brisbane suburb of Wilston for 20 years.
They paid $310,000 for it back in 1993, when Mr Beattie was a humble backbencher in the Goss Labor government. Following extensive renovations over the years the couple are now hoping to pocket about $3 million – well above the suburb’s median house price of $1.075 million.
The 1920s house, on an 810-square-metre block with in-ground pool, has expansive views of the city from its wide verandahs. It’s about three kilometres from the CBD and close to many of the city’s best schools.
Three of the five bedrooms are on the top level – the main bedroom has an ensuite and walk-in wardrobe – as are a study, bathroom and open-plan living area, which opens to the wrap-around verandahs.
Downstairs is another living room, the remaining bedrooms, a bathroom, two-car garage and storage area.
Selling agent Peter Taudevin said the suburb was one of the most exclusive in Brisbane and the street where the Beatties lived had some “magnificent homes”.
“Since 1993 he’s spent a lot of money and time totally restoring the home.”
There had already been interest in the property, including from interstate, and given Mr Beattie’s public profile there were a lot of people who wanted to look through it, he said.
“Because of who owns it there are a lot of people wanting to go through it to see how a former premier lived,” Mr Taudevin said. “But we’re handling inspection strictly by appointment only.”
Mr Taudevin denied Mr Beattie’s recent election defeat played any part in the timing of the sale. Rather it was because all three of the couple’s children had now left home.
“The timing is a natural progression for Peter and Heather to move on because [children] Matthew and Denis have only just moved, probably in the last six or seven weeks, into their own respective units,” he said. “The home is just far too big for them.” The couple’s other child, Larissa, now lives in Sydney.
The Beatties were looking to downsize to a three-bedroom apartment in the suburbs of Spring Hill, Bulimba or West End, which were closer to the city but still had a suburban flavour. They were looking to spend about $1.3 million, he said.
Mr Beattie is no stranger to apartment living, having bought one in New York during a stint in the United States following his 17-year career in state politics, nine years of which he spent as premier.
Mr Taudevin said the couple planned to keep the New York apartment.
The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.