Ahh... The Queenslander. For those of us who know it, that name conjures up images of charming timber houses raised from the ground by stumps. Wide verandahs, often with semi enclosed areas to expand on living space, and hooded windows with either louvered or lead light glass (and sometimes both). They typically boast decorative balustrades and brackets, French doors and interiors adorned with ornate features. With the original houses dating back to the 1840's, The Queenslander is architecturally smart. It was designed to accommodate the tropical climate by being raised off the ground and with light-weight timber construction that encourage the continual flow of air and, therefore, creating a cooler environment. Additionally the stumps were used to discourage termites from damaging the main structure. Hooded windows and wide, semi-enclosed verandahs offered respite and protection from the sun and well as the torrential rains. The generous number of windows and the added benefit of louvers gave advantage to cross ventilation and the welcome breezes.
These days, The Queenslander is "hot property" in the real estate world with many buyers looking for something they can 'restore to it's former glory'. Renovated Queenslanders are gorgeous - at least those I have seen are, when Tuck and I were doing our own property hunt back in the day. Some architects have recognised the demand for The Queenslander and are specialising in authentic modern remakes using the added bonuses of insulation and concrete stumps (no termite is chowing it's way through those!).
Who knows where I'll be once the kids are all grown up and I'm looking to change from our current dream home, but I do know that I haven't quite let go of my desire to enjoy living in a Queenslander all of my own. I shouldn't say that, our friends up here need no encouragement with their campaign to convince us to move back. It's been four years and although there's been no mention of it lately, I know they will never give up hope.
Just before we leave Noosa, here's a shot of one of my favourite beach houses. This one is seriously "hot property" with it's absolute beach front location at Little Cove (Noosa Heads) and is coolly valued in the many many millions. Any buyers?
Next time we go I'll show you more of the Noosaville area situated around the sparkling waters of the Noosa river. Plus more of the hinterland with its higher mountainous towns of Maleny, Montville and Mapleton. I'll also trawl my favourite markets and, whether it be the next trip or another future one, we'll definitely have to kayak through the Everglades (an area which is part of The Great Sandy National Park, the largest sand mass in the world!) and oh, SO much more! That's the thing about this area, you never ever run out of options. So next time, I think perhaps we may holiday there for longer.
For now, that's a wrap on this series*. I really hope you enjoyed it and I'll let you in on a recent discovery of mine... when you next take a holiday, blog about it for two weeks afterwards and it'll feel like your break was even longer as you relive all those beautiful parts of it.
So, til next time, Noosa!
*Here is the first post in this Noosa series