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Fairy House, Bardon

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by Gillian Ching (subscribe)
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Published April 13th 2017
A Whimsical Home Straight From a Fairy Tale
Just the idea of living in a fairy house is a magical dream for many young girls. Imagine if your father actually built your very own fairy inspired home. In 1950, that's exactly what Russian artist and architect Grigorii Mekhonoshin did when he built a unique Bardon home for his daughter which became known by locals as the Fairy House because of its whimsical design. From street level, all that can be seen of the three-level, heritage listed home is the apex of the attic, creating a very private living area with western views from every level. The house has several unique sculptures on the outside which add to the medieval look.

As well as designing the home, Mekhonoshin also did much of the construction himself, and for that reason as well as the post-WWII shortages of material, the house took quite some time to build. This uniquely designed property provides a 3 level A' frame house with magnificent views of the hills with external access to all levels. The upper-level loft style room features polished timber floors, storage and even has a trap door with ladder access to the room below. If that's not enough, it has its own external access via a walk bridge at the front of the property with leaf features bordering the gable.

Under construction. Photo courtesy of State Library of Queensland

The home has slightly weathered over its 67 years, but for me that only adds to its delightful and mystical charm.

The home is located on busy McGregor Terrace (near a small shopping village and neighbouring Government House) and can be viewed from street level. It is a private residence, however, so it is not open for public access but what a great spot to seek out on a leisurely Sunday afternoon stroll.

Inside the fairy house. Can you spot the trapdoor ladder? Photo courtesy Ray White Real Estate

Street parking outside the property is limited but parking is available in nearby shops and adjoining streets. Buses also run along McGregor Terrace (Stop 15, 385 BCC bus route). For a chance to step into a real-life fairytale, why not wander past the Fairy House.

External shot - Photo Courtesy of Ray White Real Estate

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Why? See a Real Life Fairy House
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Where: 24 McGregor Terrace, Bardon
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What a lovely house. So interesting the way there is a bridge to the front door. I love walking about the streets looking at houses especially in the older areas because it is often surprising what wonders you can stumble across.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|9626) 1846 days ago
I've always been interested in this house....interesting to read about it...thanks Gilian
by berna (score: 0|3) 1859 days ago
Hi Gillian, My husband and I are the publishers of Coffee News Carindale-Coorparoo & Bulimba and this is exactly the kind of article which appears in the Everybody's Talking section on the front page. The content of an article needs to be submitted to the head office in America but if you are interested in contributing this article, please email me at and I'll let you know where to go from there. Cheers, Donelle Rous
by rous (score: 0|6) 1860 days ago
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