Too good to knock down

Inspiration and el­bow grease res­cued a gem, writes Ben Hyde. Re­cent sales

The Advertiser - Real Estate - - Modern Living - BEAU­MONT

ABEAUMONT house ad­ver­tised as a knock­down two years ago has been trans­formed into a young fam­ily’s haven. Ven­dors Lie­zle and Digby Hall say the pur­chase of this par­tic­u­lar prop­erty was un­planned.

‘‘We’d been look­ing in Ade­laide for about six months be­cause we were based in Syd­ney,’’ Ms Hall says. ‘‘We just missed out on an auc­tion that we had flown in for and this one had been passed in so we put in an of­fer on it.

‘‘It was ac­tu­ally ad­ver­tised as a knock-down but when we got there and looked at the prop­erty, we thought it was too good to be a knock-down.’’

Draw­ing on their back­ground in ar­chi­tec­ture, the Halls saw that the lay­out of the house and its ori­en­ta­tion war­ranted its preser­va­tion. It just needed cos­metic im­prove­ments in­side and out.

‘‘We’ve re­painted ev­ery­thing, re­did all the floors, did the bath­room, the laun­dry and ba­si­cally ev­ery­thing in­ter­nally,’’ Ms Hall says.

‘‘Out­side we also painted and we land­scaped the whole gar­den and Ad­dress: 15 Thirkell Ave. Type: Three-bed­room, ren­o­vated house. Agent: Brock Har­courts Ade­laide, ph 8203 1200, Christine Dim­itrivich 0412 713 666. Open: 2pm-2.45pm to­day. Price: $690,000-$740,000. put in wa­ter-wise plants. Now when neigh­bours walk past they al­ways com­ment on how good it looks com­pared to what it did.’’

The prop­erty fea­tures high ceil­ings, pol­ished floor­boards and large pic­ture win­dows to max­imise nat­u­ral light.

There are three bed­rooms, in­clud­ing the mas­ter suite with ad­join­ing study and dress­ing room.

The kitchen and bath­room have been up­dated and there also is a stu­dio or home of­fice.

A re­lo­ca­tion to Syd­ney has forced a re­luc­tant sale for the Halls.

‘‘We’ll miss the gar­den ter­ri­bly and the bright­ness of the house, which you don’t re­ally get in the in­ner city of Syd­ney,’’ Ms Hall says.

‘‘But we might re­turn one day.’’

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