A villa in Unley is a classic example of an early-1900s Adelaide home, writes Thomas Conlin.
THE appeal of a traditional freestone villa is in the detail. Built in 1910, a light and open property in Unley remains faithful to its period style, adorned with hand-crafted features.
The vendor, who has lived in the property for eight years, says the home’s authenticity is a big attraction.
‘‘It’s got a lot of history - the home is pretty much all original,’’ she says.
‘‘It’s a really nice example of an early-1900s villa and it’s got all the best that you’d find in that era. It’s just a really nice family home.’’
Almost entirely original, the home has spacious rooms with 4m-high ceilings and large leadlight windows.
Downstairs are three bedrooms and two bathrooms, with a further bedroom and bathroom on the second level. At the front of the home, there are large formal dining and sitting rooms that can be divided by a ‘‘Watson door’’, detailed with leadlight inlay, which slides down from the wall cavity above.
Many of the rooms are detailed with metal-press ceilings and wall decoration as well as original chandeliers and open fireplaces.
The large kitchen at the rear features granite benchtops, built-in appliances and has views over the lush, well-manicured garden.
On a corner block in a cul-de-sac, the property offers peaceful surrounds within walking distance of Unley Rd’s shopping and restaurants.
‘‘It’s far enough away from Unley Rd so that you don’t hear the traffic but it’s really only a block away,’’ the vendor says.
While there has been a small renovation in the family and meals area at the rear of the property, the vendor says there is scope for an extension.
‘‘If someone wanted to add a great modern extension down the track, that could be done,’’ she says.
The large bedroom retreat upstairs also has the potential to be divided, creating a fifth bedroom or home office.
The home is security monitored, has ducted airconditioning and a two-space lock-up garage. There is also a large under-floor wine cellar.