But it is outside this Queenslander really shines, with a spacious deck and entertainers pavilion.Mr Bird said they had made a few changes to the home — installing internal stairs, adding airconditioning in some rooms and sourcing antique oil lamps for lighting — but had tried to be sympathetic to the home’s old world charm.He said his fondest memories would be seeing the family gathered in the open-plan kitchen and lounge area for Christmas, or on the deck for a birthday barbecue.“I sometimes look around the house and think, it has been such a privilege to live here,” he said.The house is being marketed by Leigh Kortlang at Ray White – Ascot. 194 Bonney Ave, Clayfield, is full of character features“It was the first house we had where all of the children were able to have their own room,” Mr Bird said.“They (the twins and triplets) are two years apart and as they got older, the downstairs area was really good as they had their own space.”Wonga Villa was built at 194 Bonney Avenue at Clayfield in the early 1900s. Character features remain in abundance throughout the house, which sits on a 771sq m block.The journey back in time begins as you step through the front gate, and enter an established tropical garden overlooked by wide verandas.Stairs lead on to the wide veranda and in to a central hallway which gives direct access to two large bedrooms and a lounge and formal dining room of “ballroom proportions”. It is here that two marble fireplaces take centre stage. There is no shortage of charm in the main living spaceMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoA modern but character-filled kitchen overlooks an informal family room with ornate cedar fireplace and a spectacular tree-lined, private entertaining area. PATRICIA and Peter Bird’s grand colonial Queenslander has well and truly proven its worth as a family home.The couple bought Wonga Villa in Clayfield in 2001 and raised their five children — one set of twins and one set of triplets.But the kids, now adults, have flown the nest and it is time to downsize. And the large spacious bedroom have been restoredOutside, there is a separate entertainers pavilion and a sauna on the main rear deck. The kitchen retains many character features but has been given a modern touchA further bedroom, study, two bathrooms and a sauna complete the upper level. On the downstairs level, there is an open-plan rumpus, kitchen, dining and living space, a third bathroom and four more spacious bedrooms. There is also a separate entrance further opening up the possibilities for Wonga Villa.