A holiday lifestyle
Any property on the market in Glenelg demands attention but a circa 1900 cottage presents a unique opportunity, writes Thomas Conlin.
GLENELG properties were snapped up last year, with 113 units sold and 15 houses changing hands. The seaside suburb also has posted increases for the past five years, with three per cent growth predicted for the 2010-11 financial year. With the area highly sought after by buyers, a three-bedroom detached home one street from Jetty Rd is tipped to attract interest at auction on May 21.
The vendor, who has lived in the home for 14 years, says the lifestyle at the Bay is unique. ‘‘It’s the ambience of Jetty Rd,’’ the vendor says. ‘‘When it’s a beautiful day, everybody’s out and about.
‘‘I walk to the shopping centres, I walk to Jetty Rd. We also like bike riding so we’d head off to Grange. You can ride along the Linear Park into the city, it doesn’t take much to get there and you can ride to Marion along the Sturt Creek track as well.
‘‘During the holiday periods, you’ve got the Bay Sheffield. They’ve had the bikes down here, the show jumping . . . there’s always something happening. It’s just nice to be part of it.’’ The property is close to public transport, with a bus stop metres from the front door on Anzac Highway, and the tram line is nearby.
The house has been extensively renovated over the past few years, although the vendor says every effort has been made to remain sympathetic to the single-fronted bluestone cottage’s heritage.
‘‘We haven’t added a lot on but we’ve cleaned up what’s here in the sense of opening out the back area to make a dining room,’’ the vendor says.
‘‘We’ve also put in a brand new bathroom, a new kitchen, polished all the old baltic pine floors, painted inside and out and it’s got new ceilings and cornices.’’
The home also features high and ornatelydecorated ceilings, ornamental fireplaces in two of the three bedrooms and a gas-log fire in the living area.
The renovated kitchen boasts stainless-steel appliances, including a gas cooktop and rangehood.
At the rear of the property there is a small courtyard garden shaded by sails and a carport with access from a rear laneway.