OVER half the most expensive homes sold in Brisbane in 2018 all had one thing in common: a tennis court worthy of a Grand Slam final.
Demand for homes with tennis courts in Brisbane was stronger than ever over the past 12 months as buyers hungry for vast blocks of land and a social lifestyle scrambled for a piece of prime real estate.
And with the Brisbane International about to start, home hunters have tennis on the brain.
Prestige property agents enter the new year with waiting lists of buyers wanting the home with it all — big house, pool and, of course, a tennis court.
Rachael Spinks of Spinks & Co, who specialises in selling homes with tennis courts, said the fact Brisbane had appeared for the first time on the Knight Frank Prime Global Cities Index in 2018 was proof the top end of the market was on fire.
“Retirees and cashed-up downsizers looking for low-maintenance, high luxury properties and
families looking for well-priced prestige living compared to other cities are driving the demand, which currently outweighs supply,” Ms Spinks said.
A lack of stock at the top end of the market means tennis court properties are few and far between.
Jason Adcock, of Adcock Prestige, said he had more than 100 people on his database looking for a tennis court property in Brisbane.
“At the upper end of the market, (a tennis court is) a must have lifestyle requirement,” Mr Adcock said.
“People looking to spend a lot of money on a property like to have everything, and that means having a tennis court.”
Mr Adcock estimated a tennis court could add $1 million to $1.5 million to a property’s value — more than $2 million if it was riverfront.
“It’s becoming a rarer and rarer commodity because a lot of those properties have been subdivided, and one of the first things that goes is the tennis court,” he said.
The highest sale for a tennis court home — and any home for that matter — in Brisbane this year was a riverfront trophy home in Hawthorne.
The mega mansion, on a sprawling 2137 sqm riverfront block in Hawthorne, had been home to energy executive Shaun Scott and his wife, Sarah.
They sold the extraordinary five-bedroom, six-bathroom house at 106-110 Virginia Avenue in July for a whopping $11.13 million.
Along with a championship standard tennis court, the property also has two pools, a boat house, a putting green, a private pontoon, a games room with built-in bar, a library and a media room.
The second biggest tennis court home sale of 2018 was the property owned by the late businessman, Christopher Skase.
The lavish mansion on Hamilton Hill fetched more than $10 million earlier this year when it sold to local hotelier, Steven Shoobridge.
The palatial home boasts nine bedrooms and nine bathrooms and is dripping in opulent features, including bulletproof glass, a circular staircase, an internal bell tower, an eight-person lift and a fence made from one-metre thick concrete and reinforced steel.
As well as a floodlit tennis court, the estate includes a large pool, cabana, ponds, fountains, waterways, terraces and raised gardens.
Cathy and Peter Ford have enjoyed the benefits of living in a home with a tennis court for the past 18 years.
The Brisbane couple raised their three children in the five-bedroom house on just over 1ha at 45 Tristania Rd, Chapel Hill, but have decided to sell to downsize.
Mrs Ford said the tennis court had been a major selling point when they bought the property in 1999.
“It was definitely something that attracted us to the house,” Mrs Ford said.
“It’s on 2.5 acres, which also attracted us.
“Having a pool and a tennis court gave us a lot of options with a young family.”
Mrs Ford said the tennis court became a central focus for the children growing up as they had tennis lessons there and also used it as a basketball court.
“Particularly in this day-and-age where part of the challenge is getting kids away from the computer screen and out doing some physical exercise,” she said.
“There are a few (tennis courts) in our street, so we used to have tennis nights and all the neighbours would get together and play, which was a nice social thing.”
Another property with a tennis court on the market at the moment is in nearby Kenmore.
The property at 14 Scenic Road comes with a four-bedroom house, a pool and a competition sized tennis court on 2033 sqm of land.
TOP 10 TENNIS COURT HOME SALES OF 2018
Address Sale price
1. 106-110 Virginia Ave, Hawthorne $11.128m
2. 36 Dickson Tce, Hamilton $10.138m
3. 36 Needham St, Fig Tree Pocket $7.5m
4. 150 Adelaide Street East, Clayfield $7m
5. 30 Windermere Road, Hamilton $5.95m
6. 17 Ningana St, Fig Tree Pocket $5.1m
7. 127 Laurel Ave, Chelmer $5m
8. 20 Priestley Rd, Bridgeman Downs $4.9m
9. 27 Sutton St, Chelmer $4.83m
10. 100 Oriel Rd, Clayfield $4.35m
(Source: Realestate.com.au; Spinks & Co)