Inside one of Brisbane’s best trophy homes

ONE of Brisbane’s largest inner-city riverfront prestige homes is on the market for the first time.
The sprawling 2137sq m allotment at 106-110 Virginia Ave, Hawthorne has been owned by former Arrow Energy CEO Shaun Scott and his wife Sarah since early 2011.
“There was a brick and tile house on the block that was built in 1964 and had been renovated and extended eleven times,” Mr Scott said.
When the couple purchased the property, they also secured ownership of plans for a house designed by leading architect Donovan Hill.
“We ended up amending that final set of approved plans but really didn’t change much of the footprint, it was more about how the spaces were set up and the lifestyle we wanted to live with our three boys,” Mr Scott said.
“It took us around four years, from when we acquired the property to when we moved in. People don’t realise how big the process is for something of this scale.”
The Scott family’s impressive five-bedroom, six-bathroom home is surrounded by two swimming pools, a heated spa, a north-south facing championship-size tennis court, a boat house, putting green and private 12m jetty.
Inside is a wine cellar, commercial-grade cold room, library, media room, gymnasium, steam room, bar and games room.
One of the most mesmerising features is the vista of Brisbane’s CBD, which can be enjoyed from almost anywhere on the property.
“I’ve got an office down on the river where I can sit and watch the boats go by,” Mr Scott said.
“That’s a favourite space of mine but in terms of spending time with family and friends, the sitting area out on the back deck overlooking the river and city is magic.”
This reach of the river has ties to some of the country’s most high-profile individuals, including mining magnate Gina Rinehart.
“It’s incredibly quiet and that really surprised me,” Mr Scott said.
“There is an abundance of bird life and the sounds of the river provide a very peaceful and relaxing backdrop.”
Mr Scott described his home as “unique”, based on its size and location.
“As far as I’m aware, it is one of the largest riverfront land parcels on Virginia Avenue and with the tennis court, river and city views, it’s a pretty special package,” he said.
“There are not many others in existence like this, within such close proximity to the city.”
Ray White East Brisbane director David Price is managing the marketing of 106-110 Virginia Ave, Hawthorne which is for sale by tender, closing March 16.
“Properties like this one rarely come on the market,” Mr Price said.
“It’s right up there with the best properties in the country and, on a broader scale, reflects Brisbane’s growth as a world city.”