“We just love the open living areas,” Mr MacDonald said. “The nice thing about this property is that the house is situated on the back of the block, so it feels secluded and we have a lot more privacy and it feels safer because people can’t see the house from the street.”Mr MacDonald said it was close to good schools, including Moreton Bay College and only minutes from the Gateway Motorway allowing quick access to the highways of the Gold or Sunshine coasts.“In only 15 minutes you are on the fringe area of the city,” he said. 535 GRASSDALE RD GUMDALEEven though they have lived in their Gumdale home for more than three years, Scott MacDonald said he was still surprised that there was acreage available so close to the Brisbane CBD.Mr MacDonald and his wife Catrina were first attracted to the large block the house was on and thought it an ideal place to raise their three young children. The sprawling main home has five bedrooms, while the property also houses a renovated three-bedroom cottage.The cottage has a combined kitchen, living and dining room, as well as a separate study and a patio. The property also has a large shed. The main home was only about five years old when the MacDonalds bought it. It has an open-plan layout with a central custom-designed kitchen which has an oversized island bench, pyrolytic oven, induction cooktop and a butler’s pantry as well as three built-in pantries. The bedroom has an ensuite with dual vanities and it has a private outdoor sitting area. The main living areas inside the home overlook a deck and elevated swimming pool. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoThe house has high ceilings, ducted airconditioning throughout as well as 3kw solar panels. It has a combination of tiled or carpeted floors and is fully screened and has Crimesafe on all bedroom windows and some sliding doors. There is a media room and separate laundry. Of the five bedrooms, four have walk-in robes and ensuite bathrooms while there is also a family bathroom with a freestanding tub.