Prized Hamilton Home Faces Partial Demolition to Kick Off Next Chapter

An iconic Hamilton home with almost 90 years of history could soon see sleek modern updates if a prominent restaurant couple’s development application gets approved.

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Chef Jason Coats and wife Katie, known for venues like Maya Mexican and Il Molo, have submitted plans to transform parts of the roofline of the stately 1930s Dickson Terrace estate they acquired earlier this year. Though seeking to preserve the grand exterior, their proposed internal facelift somehow contradicts codes for protecting traditional buildings. 

According to planning documents, the “partial demolition of the roof form, and other components as illustrated….do not comply with acceptable outcome AO1.1 of the (council’s) traditional building character (demolition) overlay code.”

Hamilton home
Photo credit: Z Architects

Plans filed detailed demolition of parts of the unique roofline to allow for modern skylights. However, the overall brick exterior and original charm would remain intact. 

Proposed additions lean into the home’s lush riverfront setting, including an enviable pool and sauna. This would complement grand existing spaces like formal dining and a studio ripe for conversion.

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The Hamilton home itself boasts an illustrious past beyond its striking architecture. Famed Brisbane architect Mervyn Rylance imbued his riverfront Mediterranean design with custom details to maximise natural light and connection with the outdoors. 

Prominent Queensland barrister Tony Morris, who was only the second owner of the property, called it a secluded family retreat for around 35 years after purchasing it in 1988 for a modest $480,000. Prior owners even took advantage of its fortress-like walls which served as a neighbourhood bomb shelter back in the day.

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Whilst contradicting heritage demolition codes, the couple feel their vision balances preservation and updates befitting such a distinctive home. Having stood strong since the ’30s, including weathering use as a bomb shelter, a touch of tasteful modernisation could give it new life under the stewardship of Chef Coats.

Published 5-December-2023 

All Clawed Up: St. James Crabhouse & Kitchen Opens Its Second Branch In Hamilton

St. James Crabhouse & Kitchen has recently opened in Hamilton, making it the second in Queensland. The first restaurant is located in Kangaroo Point.

Now, Hamilton residents can easily access Alaskan king crabs and many more. With this second store, people from the north need not cross the river to get their crabs craving fixed.

The restaurant is inspired by the popular crab shacks in Boston. It boasts of art murals, street-style and can accommodate 50 guests inside and 45 outdoors.

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Get crackin’ with their Maine Lobster claws, Jonah crab claws, and Snow crab claws. You also get to choose your own sauce!

The 1kg Qld combo is also a popular choice for those looking for a seafood feast. It includes the Old Mud crab, Moreton bay bugs, prawns, spanner crab, mussels, and it also comes with heart seafood chowder and baguette.

Their Alaskan king crab legs Thermidor (cut & grilled with melted cheese/Thermidor sauce) that are paired with fries and house salad is also a popular choice.

If you’re looking for a meatier source of protein, they have pork ribs, beef ribs, chicken wings, as well as a selection of burgers that you can choose from.

The perfect for this delicious feast? A bottle of wine or perhaps, champagne. They also have beers available on tap.

Address: 485 Kingsford Smith Drive, Hamilton

Great Unique Finds At Mummy Tree Markets In Hamilton

Indulge yourself in an array of boutique family stalls at the upcoming The Mummy Tree Markets in Hamilton on 26 May. The boutique family markets will be held at St Augustine’s Church starting at 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Created to promote small local businesses since 2010, the markets are also held in Gold Coast. The selection of stallholders offers unique products and services for everyone.

There will be rides and activities for everyone such as pony rides, face painting, a jumping castle and some great yard games.

A video of The Mummy Tree Markets in Sanctuary Cove

Live entertainment from MaryannMusic will also be present throughout the event.

If ever you get hungry, you don’t have to worry because this Brisbane location has a number of al fresco dining available for you.

Get yourself some handcrafted items that you don’t normally see in Brissy and support local. This is also a great way to help the community!

Address: 56 Racecourse Rd, Hamilton

Luxury Riverfront Sky Homes Rising in Hamilton

Brookfield Residential Properties, in partnership with Multiplex, has commenced with the construction of the Gallery House, a 20-storey residential building just next door to Portside Wharf and within six kilometres of the Brisbane CBD. It comprises 169 residences, including apartment units ranging from one-, two-, and three-bedroom types and penthouses ranging from 58 sqm to 669 sqm.

Gallery House
Credit: Portside Wharf YouTube

Construction has proceeded amidst the latest estimates from the QBE Australian Housing Outlook 2017-20. The outlook for the next three years is that unit prices for apartments will fall due to stricter lending standards. Specifically, the report shows that Brisbane will see a seven percent fall for unit prices, followed by Melbourne at five percent and Sydney at four percent.

While apartment prices fall however, the housing market are set to increase in the next three years. Brisbane house pricing is also set to increase by 7 percent. As a result, people are leaning towards buying apartment units than houses.

“With so many Australians priced out of the housing market, the Australian Dream of owning property is increasingly turning to high- and medium-density apartments,” says QBE Lenders’ Mortgage Insurance CEO Phil White.

It appears that Brookfield Residential Properties is geared towards taking advantage of this demand.

As of press time, 80 percent of the Gallery House tower has already been sold. Tower Two is set to be launched before the end of October.

“Demand for riverfront apartments remains high and the success of Gallery House is testament to the fact that well-designed and positioned properties continue to perform strongly,” says Brookfield Residential Properties General Manager, Lee Butterworth.

The firm also provides choices for its residents. They can choose between two kinds of units: the Sky Collection and the River Collection.

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The Gallery House is strategically located within a close distance from various lifestyle hubs. It is just within a 3-minute walk to the Eat Street Markets, 10-minute walk to the Eagle Farm Markets and an 8-minute drive to the James Street in Fortitude Valley.

Gallery House in Hamilton
Credit: Portside Wharf YouTube

Major transportation are also within the surrounds of the Gallery House in Hamilton. Nearby terminals are Brett’s Wharf CityCat Terminal, Doomben and Ascot Train Stations, International and Domestic Terminals, Gateway Motorway, Kingsford Smith Drive, Airport Link Tunnel and Inner City Bypass.

More information about the Gallery House can be found here.