Dream come true

This home was the draw­card for the ven­dors re­turn to SA, writes Tom Bow­den.

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WHEN Jac­qui and Steve Ma­son first fell in love with their friend’s North Ade­laide home more than 20 years ago, they never dreamt that they would own it many years later.

‘‘We came here over 20 years ago and it was just love at first sight and we knew as soon as we walked in that we loved it but never dreamt that we would re­turn to South Aus­tralia to own it,’’ Ms Ma­son says.

‘‘The pre­vi­ous owner had worked with Steve at Coca Cola many years ago and we were over here on a visit from Hong Kong and we came here for din­ner.

‘‘It was amaz­ing to buy it all those years later - we were in Syd­ney at the time, we’d just left Hong Kong and we came over for a visit and we saw it on the mar­ket and that was it.

‘‘It was a won­der­ful home with a won­der­ful feel­ing about it, and I tend to al­ways buy houses on how we feel when we walk in the door and it just has a lovely feel about it and that was the de­ci­sion­maker to come back to Ade­laide.’’

The home was orig­i­nally built for the wife of Ge­orge Aldridge, a past chair­man of the Ade­laide Stock Ex­change and was also owned by Han­ni­bal Bonython.

Ms Ma­son says each owner has left their own mark on the build­ing and that she and her hus­band have ren­o­vated the down­stairs liv­ing area, the mas­ter suite and en­suite to the high­est stan­dard.

‘‘Each per­son has lived in this house has put some of their own mark on it and, for in­stance, when Han­ni­bal Bonython had it it was all Art Deco styled and we like to feel we’ve put our own mark on it,’’ Ms Ma­son says.

‘‘The din­ing room was sep­a­rate from the liv­ing room so we’ve opened that out so that that all flows through straight out the back and it’s now a great room for en­ter­tain­ing.’’ The home fea­tures four bed­rooms, the mas­ter suite with a his-and­hers dress­ing room and a new en­suite.

‘‘We’ve taken a wall down be­tween one of the bed­rooms and we’ve ex­tended that so you’ve got a huge grand mas­ter suite now,’’ Ms Ma­son says.

‘‘We had 10 people stay­ing over at Christ­mas, and that worked per­fectly.’’

The gal­ley kitchen fea­tures stain­less steel ap­pli­ances in­clud­ing an oven, gas cook­top, range­hood and dish­washer and plenty of cup­board space.

‘‘Out­side, it has a lovely large court­yard with a Tus­can-style wall and it’s been won­der­ful for out­side en­ter­tain­ing, and there’s enough room there if some­one wants to put in a lap pool,’’ Mrs Ma­son says.

‘‘It’s a very calm­ing and peace­ful house to be in and ev­ery­body that comes through the door says that.’’

The home has am­ple stor­age through­out, Ms Ma­son says, and would suit ei­ther a fam­ily or a cou­ple look­ing to host vis­it­ing fam­ily or friends.

Ms Ma­son says the lo­ca­tion of the property was to-die-for.

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