To the manor born as buy­ers opt for the Hills


THE Hills are alive, real es­tate agents say, as some of the state’s most spec­tac­u­lar char­ac­ter homes hit the mar­ket.

Web­site shows a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of grand Hills homes for sale, many with rich his­to­ries and strong con­nec­tions to our early set­tlers.

Har­courts Wil­liams agent Dee-Anne Hunt said Hills char­ac­ter homes were al­ways pop­u­lar with a range of buy­ers.

“Who doesn’t fall in love with char­ac­ter? I think we all ad­mire the qual­ity of the old work­man­ship and the crafts­man­ship that went into build­ing them,” she said.

“Of­ten, they’re on beau­ti­ful pieces of land with es­tab­lished gar­dens, and you just don’t get that in a mod­ern home.

“They’re enor­mously pop­u­lar with in­ter­state buy­ers, over­seas house­hunters and ex­pats who have that de­sire to come back to South Aus­tralia.”

Mrs Hunt said his­toric Hills homes were tightly held and sold well at any time of the year.

“Many of these homes are held for a long time and that re- flects how much peo­ple love liv­ing in them. One I’ve got for sale now was owned by the one fam­ily for four gen­er­a­tions and it’s only the sec­ond time it’s come on the mar­ket.

“A good house will sell no mat­ter what the sea­son – there’s never a bad time to put a his­toric home on the mar­ket.”

Ouwens Casserly Real Es­tate agent Dale Gray said Hills char­ac­ter homes of­fered great value for money and car­ried a strong sense of pres­tige.

“His­toric homes al­ways at­tract good at­ten­tion, as they do on the plains, but you get much bet­ter bang for your buck up here,” Mrs Gray said.

“Back in the early days of the state, the English aris­toc­racy built their sum­mer houses up here be­cause it was too op­pres­sively hot down on the plains for them, and they built some in­cred­i­ble homes.

“Any home with a sense of his­tory, be­ing such a young coun­try, it does carry an el­e­ment of pres­tige with it.

“It’s rare to find homes like that, es­pe­cially ones in as good a con­di­tion as the ones hit­ting the mar­ket at the mo­ment.”

Dr Anne Howles is sell­ing her 1890-built for­mer board­ing house “Coolooli”, at 14 Fenchurch Rd, Aldgate, which she bought in 1992.

She said liv­ing in an older home was a spe­cial ex­pe­ri­ence.

“You sort of feel the his­tory in the walls,” she said. “It’s been in­ter­est­ing learn­ing the his­tory of the home.” “War­rakilla”, 762 Strathal­byn Rd, My­lor: 6 be­d­rooms, 6 bath­rooms, shed with room for 64 cars (yes, 64!), 18.62ha. Built in 1842, it was owned by sur­vey­or­gen­eral Ge­orge Goy­der. “Coolooli”, 14 Fenchurch Rd, Aldgate: 4 be­d­rooms, 2 bath­rooms, 2 park­ing spa­ces, 1283sq m. Built in 1890, it is the orig­i­nal Aldgate Board­ing House. Has been given an ex­ten­sion by renowned ar­chi­tect Pauline Hur­ren. “W “Wairoa”, i ” 160 Mt Barker B k Rd, Rd Aldgate: 10 be­d­rooms, 4 bath­rooms, 4.52ha. Built in the late 1880s for pas­toral­ist and miner William Austin Horn, the Vic­to­rian es­tate was also owned by the Barr-Smith fam­ily and later used as pro­gres­sive school Mar­bury from 1972 to 2004. 16 6hC The Cres­cent, C Crafers: f 4 be­d­rooms, 4 bath­rooms, 5 park­ing spa­ces. A grand blue­stone home on a 10,096sq m al­lot­ment with a pool, a ten­nis court, a lake and sur­rounded by botanic gar­dens-like grounds.


CHARM: Dr Anne Howles is sell­ing her his­toric home, a for­mer board­ing house, at Aldgate.

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