This property is a real eye-opener

A property in Ver­dun is set up as the ideal ru­ral re­treat, writes Tom Bow­den.

The Advertiser - Real Estate - - Adamson Ave, Belair -

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.

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