REIQ chairman choses RE/MAX to sell family home
A Wynnum property that boasts a gracious style with Edwardian features rarely observed in Brisbane also has extensive bay views and a history of events hosted by local icon, Iris Brewer, who passed away earlier this year.
Her son and Chairman of the Real Estate Institute of Queensland, Peter Brewer, says the home had hosted many musical occasions raising money for charities.
“My mother was a musician and cabaret singer who travelled the country singing in some of Sydney and Brisbane’s biggest clubs in the seventies and eighties, having started her musical career as a 14-year-old on 4BH and at Theatre Royal.
“She was also an avid community worker honoured by Queen Elizabeth II with a Silver Jubilee medal, and she was inducted by the local MLA into the ‘Bayside Greats’ Hall of Fame,” he said.
In her later years, Iris Brewer became famous as ‘the pink lady’ hosting events at the Wynnum Old Shire Clerks Cottage, and she chaired its renovation. She also founded Meals on Wheels locally and was the driver of other local facilities.
The Brewer family was synonymous with real estate in the area.
The late Don Brewer began his real estate career in1975 in Manly and was one of the five founders of The Professionals the following year.
Peter Brewer joined the family business as a sales agent in 1982, eventually purchased the business, then sold it on his retirement in 2008.
“My Dad knew a thing or two about property when he bought 30 Melville Terrace at Public Auction 43 years ago. It was location, location, location then, just as the home exudes today.”
In a nod to his mother’s musical heritage, the REIQ chairman has booked a three-piece jazz band for three open inspections and a performance on auction day.
He said the home, which was built in the mid-1940s, was outstanding in both style and structure.
“My parents were meticulous with any improvement they made to the original home, employing architects and builders who were sympathetic to its bones.
“They added a roof top attic and additional self-contained living areas. The beautiful old Sydney red brick has been perfectly matched in all the newer additions to the property, for example.
Peter Brewer has been REIQ Chairman for the past six years after first joining the industry body as a member in 1985.
“I love the extremely rewarding role in this dynamic industry. From my start as a sales agent to retiring from real estate as a company chairman in 2008, and through my long REIQ association, I felt 30 Melville Terrace was the bricks and mortar of it.
“In contrast to its very social history, I was told the home’s original owner operated a dentist surgery from around 1946.
“It is a superb property, in quality, location and potential, and there is very little like it through Wynnum/Manly.”
The family home of REIQ chairman Peter Brewer is listed with Lyn Griffiths and Rohan Banning, RE/MAX Central Residential.
The property goes to auction at 9am on Saturday 9th December.
Visit https://www.realestate.com.au/property-house-qld-wynnum-143631536 for property details.
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