Ren­o­va­tions bring grandeur up to date, writes

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LARGE es­tate grounds are a lux­ury af­forded to few homes within a cou­ple of kilo­me­tres of Ade­laide’s city cen­tre. One is the stately Ivan­hoe in Gil­ber­ton – on 4400sq m of park grounds on Ed­win Tce. Ivan­hoe, how­ever, has more than just ex­pan­sive grounds. The res­i­dence com­prises al­most 740sq m of liv­ing space over two lev­els.

Ven­dor Robert Brady has owned the prop­erty since 2000, and has re­stored the res­i­dence in a sym­pa­thetic way over his time there, mak­ing im­prove­ments in­side and out.

‘‘There is a new floor. I com­pletely rewired the house, put in new or­nate cor­nices and changed the lay­out down­stairs ex­ten­sively,’’ he says.

‘‘It didn’t have a kitchen/fam­ily room lay­out so I changed that rad­i­cally to cre­ate a typ­i­cal, open-space kitchen and fam­ily room area.’’

Mr Brady says the restora­tion process re­vealed a few wel­come sur­prises. ‘‘The en­try foyer was com­pletely car­peted and when I pulled it up it had this 100-yearold par­quetry un­der­neath,’’ he says.

‘‘I got a car­pen­ter in for a few weeks and he ba­si­cally re­paired it all and now there is mag­nif­i­cent par­quetry as you walk in the front door.’’

Ex­ten­sive im­prove­ments also have been made out­side the res­i­dence. ‘‘One of the things that sur­prised me for such a large prop­erty is that it didn’t have an out­door cov­ered en­ter­tain­ing area,’’ Mr Brady says. ‘‘But I had built a fairly sub­stan­tial pavil­ion, which has got a typ­i­cal out­door ta­ble, a lounge area and the spa un­der­neath it.

‘‘I put in a syn­thetic ten­nis court and built a new swim­ming pool with a spa.’’

Agent Jamie Brown, of Bernard H Booth, says the ori­gins of the prop­erty are in­ter­est­ing. ‘‘It was orig­i­nally built by Sir Ge­orge Brook­man in 1889,’’ he says.

‘‘He was one of the orig­i­nal syn­di­cate mem­bers who dis­cov­ered the Kal­go­or­lie group of mines in WA.

‘‘He named the res­i­dence Ivan­hoe af­ter one of the most suc­cess­ful gold­mines.’’

Mr Brady says the legacy of Sir Ge­orge still re­mains in the house.

‘‘If you look on some of the doors, on the plas­ter work, it’s got GB – his ini­tials – that he had built into the house,’’ he says. The Barr Smith fam­ily also owned the home for a while, Mr Brady says.

Mr Brown says the prop­erty is one of the finest go­ing around.

‘‘This is one of the last big acreages in Ade­laide on ar­guably the best res­i­den­tial street in Ade­laide,’’ he says.

‘‘It’s an ab­so­lute haven for fam­ily life­style.

‘‘You’d be hard pressed to get an­other prop­erty with that stately grand man­sion and those park grounds.’’

Mr Brown says the ex­ten­sive restora­tion and im­prove­ments to the orig­i­nal fea­tures of the home have been done to re­tain their char­ac­ter mak­ing the house ready to be lived in and en­joyed.

‘‘With the ducted re­verse-cy­cle air­con­di­tion­ing, the ven­dor did not want to put ob­tru­sive vents in the ceil­ings so he had all the air come through the ceil­ing roses,’’ he says.

‘‘A lot of money has been spent on those sort of things.’’

So af­ter 10 years at Ivan­hoe and mak­ing thor­ough im­prove­ments, will Mr Brady miss the prop­erty?

‘‘Ab­so­lutely, as some of my friends say, it’s ac­tu­ally like be­ing in a re­sort, es­pe­cially in the sum­mer when you’ve got peo­ple play­ing ten­nis and peo­ple in the pool,’’ he says.

‘‘But it’s a bit of a waste that I’m just here on my own 60 per cent of the time. I’m think­ing about go­ing some­thing mod­ern for a change.’’

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