Liv­ing in a glass house

It’s dif­fi­cult to walk away from the beach

The Weekend Australian - - MANSION - TURI CONDON

Through the tele­scope sit­ting in the mid­dle of the liv­ing room there’s an ea­gle-eye view of the tankers head­ing through the shipping lanes of St Vin­cent Gulf and out into the South­ern Ocean.

“The moon is spec­tac­u­lar on cer­tain nights,” says Layne Hol­ber­ton, who with part­ner Terry Ross moved into their new pent­house at Somer­ton Park — the next sub­urb along from Ade­laide’s fa­mous Glenelg last year.

“You have to have a tele­scope if you live by the beach,” he says.

The cou­ple, who met three years ago, had been hunt­ing for a home to­gether.

Six years ago, Terry saw the site when it housed two res­i­den­tial build­ings with a sign ad­ver­tis­ing a pro­posed new low-rise apart­ment project.

They were the last buy­ers in the bou­tique four-apart­ment build­ing fronting the Es­planade with the cou­ple set­tling on the gen­er­ous 320sq m three-bedroom pent­house wrapped in curved glass that spills onto a bal­cony over­look­ing the beach.

“It’s true that in Ade­laide peo­ple ei­ther like the beach or the hills,” says Terry, who is a share­holder in a man­u­fac­tur­ing busi­ness. Both have had short stints liv­ing in or near the beau­ti­ful Ade­laide Hills, but are con­verts to the beach.

“We love this area,” says Layne. “We can walk to Glenelg and the tram is great. We catch up with peo­ple in the city have a few drinks and catch the tram back.”

But the pair want a back yard, away from the some­times wild south­west­erly winds that belt along Ade­laide’s beach­front, and have de­cided a build a new home and sell the pent­house.

“When we signed up to this, I hadn’t lived on the beach, but Terry had,” says Layne.

“Once you have lived on the beach it’s re­ally hard to walk away from it,” Terry adds. “You can step out your door and go for a walk on a beau­ti­ful day, and it’s dif­fer­ent ev­ery day, the sea changes.”

The cou­ple will look for a beach­front block of land nearby, per­haps with an­other old house on it, where they can re­build.

There are still a lot of old homes along the beach­front, but we would “have to beat the builders”, says Terry, not­ing de­mand for beach­front homes had pushed up prices in the stretch from Brighton, Somer­ton Park to Glenelg.

“We have learned a lot from this apart­ment,” says Layne, whose back­ground is in me­chan­i­cal engi­neer­ing and who runs a marine in­fra­struc­ture busi­ness build­ing wharves and jet­ties around the coun­try. “I like it from a cre­ative per­spec­tive; we had a lot of in­put into this.”

“We are now more ex­pe­ri­enced and know ex­actly what we want, and we want big out­door ar­eas.”

While the three-level apart- ment project was be­ing build, the cou­ple de­cided to up­grade the bath­room and kitchen, spend­ing about $30,000 on taps and fit­tings in the full-floor pent­house, which also has a me­dia/fam­ily room and 12-per­son lift with di­rect access to the base­ment park­ing for three cars and a stor­age area.

The cou­ple had a wall moved and re­designed the gourmet kitchen, which has Miele ap­pli­ances, along with adding cus­tom-made stor­age, a gran­ite fire­place and more cus­tom Aus­tralian wood cab­i­netry, some of which houses me­men­tos from the many trips they had packed in their three years to­gether.

“Af­ter we met, we set the bar high. Our first trip to­gether was to the Mal­dives,” Layne says.

Since then they have fit­ted in a cou­ple of over­seas trips a year, in­clud­ing to Eng­land, Greece, France, Sin­ga­pore, Viet­nam and nu­mer­ous trips to New Zealand and Bali along with a cruise from Lis­bon to Venice.

The cab­i­netry houses a framed shot of Stone­henge from their visit and a small colour­ful gon­dola made of Mu­rano glass where crafts­men on the Vene­tian is­land of Mu­rano have worked with glass for cen­turies. While lo­cally, they bought an ab­stract by Mel­bournebased artist Pru­dence Caro­line, which hangs in the apart­ment’s liv­ing room.

The pent­house is be­ing mar­keted with a price guide of $2.9 mil­lion through Har­courts Ade­laide Hills agent Wayne Footer.

In­side their pent­house wrapped in curved glass, Terry Ross and Layne Hol­ber­ton say it’s im­per­a­tive to have a tele­scope if you live at the beach

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.