Laura Geitz finds her dream home
QUEENSLAND'S golden girl Laura Geitz has fulfilled her dream of finding her 'forever home'.
The netball legend is returning to her rural roots - swapping the city for a quiet life in the suburbs after buying a beautifully restored, historic home in Brisbane's lush green belt.
Geitz, her husband Mark Gilbride, and their son, Barney, are preparing to move out of their Bulimba pad into a sprawling acreage estate in leafy Brookfield.
Geitz took to social media to reveal the news to her 70,000 Instagram followers, posting a photo of her husband overlooking the property's resort-style pool and manicured grounds.
The post was captioned: 'Ahhhhhhh how's the serenity @mggilbride? As of this afternoon this little pocket of paradise officially became ours. Words cannot explain how excited I am to have space … so much space and a grand old 110 year Queenslander that oozes character and charm! Here's to the next chapter in our forever home.'
Records show the property last sold in 2014 for $1.6 million.
It was taken off the market after just four days when it was listed again in March this year.
The Diamonds and Queensland Firebirds star, who returned to the court at this year's Commonwealth Games, told The Courier-Mail in 2015 that she always wanted to own an old Queenslander home to raise a family when the time came to swap netball for nappies.
"I just have this dream of living in an old Queenslander," Geitz said.
"I just dream of a big back yard … This was our first house together, but the next one would be our dream family home."
If the couple are thinking of expanding their family, there is plenty of room in their new home.
The house has five bedrooms, plus a study that could become a sixth bedroom, three bathrooms, sweeping verandas, a floodlit tennis court, a creek that spans the length of the yard and a kids playground area - all on just over a hectare of land.
There's also a media room, wine cellar and carport with room for three cars.
The property is close to sought-after schools in the area.
The house itself was built circa 1886 and moved from Toowong to Brookfield more than 20 years ago.
It retains all the original character features of its era including polished timber floors, impressive fireplaces, French doors, pressed metal ceilings, VJ walls and bay windows.
Long known as a high-end housing area for business leaders in the Queensland capital, Brookfield offers sprawling homes on blocks of more than 4000sq m and recreation facilities such as equestrian fields.
Geitz will be in good company, with high-profile neighbours including billionaire property developer Maha Sinnathamby, entrepreneur and television host Glen Richards and tech businessman Bevan Slattery.
The median house price in Brookfield, 12km west of Brisbane's CBD, is $1.02 million, according to the latest CoreLogic figures.
Geitz and her husband bought their current four-bedroom home at Bulimba for just over $1 million in 2011.