Surrounded by character
Original features have been retained in a century-old villa, writes Lachlan Pryor.
ACENTURY-OLD villa in a quiet spot near main streets and schools retains many of its original character features. The Unley home has original baltic pine floorboards and open fireplaces from when it was built at the turn of the 20th century.
Vendor Andrew Prosser says there have been a few upgrades but the cottage charm has been retained.
‘‘We were drawn to the sandstonecottage appearance at first,’’ he says.
‘‘We’ve basically re-carpeted, put in a picket fence and a nice new security door.
‘‘It has the character fireplaces, the Baltic timber floors, which are original floorboards.’’
The three-bedroom home has a living room plus an open- plan kitchen and dining area. Mr Prosser says the location is one of the home’s main features.
‘‘You can’t really class the street as a dead end but it goes into a lane at the end of the street so it’s not a thoroughfare and is quiet,’’ he says.
‘‘We like the closeness to the shops, King William Rd and the city.
‘‘The home is also close to Parkside primary (school) and the colleges. You’re not far from anything.’’
The home has a small but private backyard, with a lock-up garage at the rear of the property.
Mr Prosser believes the home would suit a range of different buyers. ‘‘It’s very family friendly,’’ he says. ‘‘It’s got possibilities for a family or young professional couple and it would suit retirees as well.’’