Doug Keating is selling his new-look Denmark Hill property, which is being renovated and has stunning views across the Ipswich region.
Doug Keating is selling his new-look Denmark Hill property, which is being renovated and has stunning views across the Ipswich region. Rob Williams

New king of Denmark Hill

A NEW king of the hill will be crowned when Ipswich couple Doug and Kathy Keating sell their renovated inner-city property.

The Denmark Hill home is being redeveloped to include a sprawling deck with views over Ipswich.

Mr Keating said work on the property started in September.

“I lived here with Kathy for four years and we could see the potential,” he said.

“I’ve done a lot of renovation work in the past, but I sort of put it on hold and did other things for a little while.

“This is a bit more than your typical renovation, as you can see.

“We’ve retained part of the original floor and a wall structure, but the rest is new.”

Mr Keating said the couple made the difficult decision to sell the home when the renovation was completed.

“We wanted to renovate the place and keep it to be honest, but because we’ve gone ‘high end’ on everything we’ve done and taken it to the next level we decided to eventually sell it,” he said.

“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to build something like this, so we thought we’d do a bloody good job of it.

“It’s a labour of love and really, there’s nothing we’d like more than being able to stay here.”

Mr Keating said he wanted to see the home go to a happy owner.

“At the end of the day we don’t want to be greedy. We just want to find someone who loves the house as much as we do,” he said.

“Once we sell this maybe we’ll move on to bigger and better things, if that’s possible.”

Property Palace sales consultant Roxanne Workman said the four-bedroom home with ensuite featured ducted air conditioning, smart wiring, a state-of-the-art kitchen and a downstairs wine cellar.

She said it would suit a professional couple who wanted to take full advantage of a relaxed Queensland lifestyle.

“It’s a difficult one to price because there isn’t anything else like this in Ipswich,” she said.

“If someone can see the potential and wants to buy the place then Doug can subcontract to them and finish the home with the inclusions they want.

“If they wait, they will be buying a finished property.”

Mr Keating said he hoped to have work finished by Christmas.

“When you consider the weather over the past few months it’s gone pretty well,” he said.

“Now we’ve got the roof on its okay, but before that it was hard work with the rain.”



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