Buyers urged to build dream home on historic flood-free land
John McKinlay with sisters Bridget McKinlay and Madeleine Ryan on their large block of land at New Farm, which is being offered for sale. Picture: Annette DewA MASSIVE block of land in a prestigious Brisbane suburb is expected to fetch a motza after hitting the market for the first time in half a century. The flood-free 974sq m property at 34 Turner Ave (corner of Oxlade Drive), New Farm, was originally owned by Tom and Anna Dooley, hoteliers at the Sportsman Hotel, Spring Hill. Anna and Tom Dooley.Daughter Erin McKinlay has made the decision to sell the popular site, hoping a buyer will come forward to build their dream home and take advantage of the panoramic views of the Brisbane River.The house, which was burnt down in July 2003, was uninsured and vacant, and in the process of interior modernisation and redecoration. The block of land for sale at 34 Turner Ave, corner of Oxlade Drive, New Farm.Ray White New Farm selling agents Matt Lancashire and Tom Lyne said they expected a lot of interest surrounding the sale.Mr Lyne said southern buyers would no doubt be interested in the land as it could be subdivided into three lots.“Developers would no doubt be interested, too,” he said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours ago“Multiple people have approached the family over the years and now is their time to come back.”In December last year, one of Queensland’s biggest property developers, Kevin Seymour, helped his grandchildren by forking out $17.35 million for their first project on a huge block on the same street.That parcel of land at 80-86 Oxlade Drive was zoned as medium-density residential, which offered an increased height restriction of 15m over five levels for apartments and 11.5m over three levels for houses.Mrs McKinlay said she would leave her dream to rebuild on the land, zoned low to medium residential, to another family. Erin McKinlay and her children.Her five children Madeleine Ryan (nee McKinlay), John, Bridget, Anna and Johanna said they had many great memories at their grandparents’ home.Mrs Ryan said she hoped someone would love the property as much as she did and cherish the views.“Mum is really nostalgic about the sale and it’s hard for her to give it up,” she said. The siblings remembered enjoying sweet treats with grandma at the home and Christmas gatherings there, too.Mrs McKinlay, who was gifted the iconic house after her mother’s death in 1992, said her father, an Irishman, embraced his heritage by painting their home white with a green trim. He added a patio with specially designed harp and shamrock wrought-iron balustrades with green and yellow trim.“Most unfortunately, I had been widowed in 1985, with the untimely but very protracted death of my husband, Dr John McKinlay,” Mrs McKinlay said.“My husband and my brother Dr Tom Dooley had a medical practice in the Valley together. They were also among the founding fathers of Australian Sports Medicine, which began as a voluntary community service for young sportspeople.“Fortunately we all, including Tom and Anna’s nine grandchildren, remained a close-knit inner-city family unit.”As a result of the fire there was the loss of three generations of family records, photographs, history, memorabilia, artworks, and grand Bell Brothers specially built furniture – commissioned by previous owners. The property at 34 Turner Ave is being sold via expressions of interest.