Clas­sic el­e­gance

A villa in Un­ley is a clas­sic ex­am­ple of an early-1900s Ade­laide home, writes Thomas Conlin.

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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.

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