STORYBOOK charm comes to life with this eastern-suburbs property. Agent Oren Klemich describes the i mposing 15-room, double-storey home as ‘‘straight out of Gone With the Wind ’’ with its grand American southern-style architecture, soft pink hues, white timber shutters and wide, sweeping verandas and balconies.
‘‘You could imagine Scarlett O’Hara coming down the stairs being watched by Rhett Butler,’’ he says.
‘‘It certainly has that southern American feel about it which makes it very unusual architecture for Adelaide.’’
Surrounded by beautifully established grounds, the home is well known and admired in the area.
Built in 1925 by architects Garlick and Jackmann, who also designed the Adelaide Railway station and Prince Alfred and St Peter’s colleges, the home’s paintwork was inspired by the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.
‘‘It’s a property that, over the years, has become a bit of an icon of the area,’’ Mr Klemich says.
The home boasts up to seven bedrooms, three bathrooms and a flexible floor plan.
‘‘When you walk through the door, you can feel the history,’’ Mr Klemich says.
‘‘It’s just something that you don’t see today, the style of architecture, the proportion of the rooms and just the magnificent way it’s been built.’’
Eight fireplaces, oak panelling, box-beam ceilings and polished jarrah floors give the home a sense of class, while reverse-cycle airconditioning, combustion and gas heating, a security system and automatic watering system offer the modern conveniences.
There is a formal sitting room, a formal dining room with stone fireplace and an ‘‘inviting’’ reception room.
‘‘You walk into this massive reception area a you can just imagine a grand cocktail party w a piano playing and the hostess walking down t beautiful oak stairs,’’ Mr Klemich says.
The kitchen is accompanied by a pantry a a butler’s pantry which, Mr Klemich says, is ide for dinner parties.
Upstairs, there are four bedrooms, including master bedroom with a dressing room and balcony.
Bedroom four, which also could be used as study, has access to a sunroom while a gra