A great entertainer
The North Adelaide home of a late Adelaide identity is filled with memories of parties, Amy Noonan writes.
IT has hosted parties attended by such personalities as comedian Barry Humphries and international jazz musicians – now, it will be up to new owners to decide whether a North Adelaide home is destined for future festivities.
The house was built for South Australian identity Kym Bonython, who passed away earlier this year.
Mr Bonython’s son Chris says the Brougham Place property, built in 1989, hosted many parties as well as famous guests.
‘‘It was built to meet his and (wife) Julie’s entertaining needs. They had a lot of parties and things here,’’ Mr Bonython says.
‘‘He had lots of people from overseas who used to stay here, or they held parties here to celebrate them being in Adelaide.’’
The home is located in a tranquil spot by the bustle of North Adelaide.
However, Mr Bonython says the home is very private.
‘‘It’s not on the main O’connell St, King William Rd extension and it’s got a high fence, which surrounds the house that gives you privacy as well,’’ he says. ‘‘It’s nice to sit on the veranda facing North Adelaide, have a coffee and read the paper as the sun rises.’’
It has three bedrooms – a main master suite on the upper level and two bedrooms on a lower level – and nearly every room has French doors that open to terraces or balconies.
‘‘When it’s a hot summer’s night and you have a party, it was beautiful, it really did open the place up.’’
On the lower level is a garage and a paved yard with a swimming pool.
‘‘The lure of the swimming pool makes it look so spacious and it has a nice cool reflection of the plants and vines on the western wall as well,’’ Mr Bonython says.
The house is filled with art – the late Mr Bonython was celebrated as an art entrepreneur with a keen eye. It is not included in the sale but Mr Bonython says Julie also had an eye – for design. ‘‘Julie had a way with things. The rooms are all very big, particularly upstairs, even the bathrooms are spacious,’’ he says.
Mr Bonython says he’s sure his father would wish for the house to continue as a party venue.