This property is a real eye-opener
A property in Verdun is set up as the ideal rural retreat, writes Tom Bowden.
AN historic Verdun property offers views as far as the eye can see, says Colin Ayres. The Australian Rail Track Corporation Ltd purchased the 63.3ha property in 2010 from an Adelaide businessman in order to upgrade the Adelaide-Melbourne railway line running through it.
Mr Ahrens, the ARTC property manager, says as their work on that section of the line is complete, it was time for someone to again enjoy the property.
‘‘We’ve been holding it for the term of the project and maintaining it and improving it and have been agisting cattle on it,’’ Mr Ahrens says.
The property, named Grunthal, was established as a copper mine in 1869 and was later the site of some gold mining activity.
The sandstone home has 10 main rooms, a new kitchen, two new bathrooms, a family room, four bedrooms, a study, a sunroom and sitting room plus a large central atrium area.
‘‘The setting really is stunning, and the building itself has a lovely central atrium which used to be a quadrangle and then they built the rooms around the open space,’’ Mr Ahrens says.
‘‘It was owned by a prominent Adelaide businessman before we got it and he had improved it from a farm property into a luxurious residence.’’
The Onkaparinga River flows through the property and it also has a bore, a productive woodlot and upgraded historic mine buildings.
Mr Ahrens says the property would suit a range of buyers and could be used for a variety of proposes.
‘‘The farm buildings could easily be used to garage an extensive car collection for a motoring enthusiast or they could be used by an entrepreneur who wanted to turn the property into a boutique cellar door business,’’ Mr Ahrens says.
‘‘You could commute to the city and live on the property or you could be an Adelaide businessman and have a rural retreat 20 minutes from Adelaide.
‘‘By the same token you could just be on the property and have some pastimes and some income from agisting.’’
Mr Ahrens says the home’s views were a strong selling point.