The vendor of a historic Marden property was attracted to its bluestone, writes Ben Hyde.
BEAUTIFUL Adelaide bluestone and plenty of space for a growing family attracted vendor Vanda to a unique and historic Marden property more than 40 years ago. Vanda bought Korra Weera, located on Battams Rd, in 1972 and says it has been a privilege to be a part of it for the past four decades.
‘‘We had come from Queensland and we had not met Adelaide bluestone,’’ she says.
‘‘We lived in North Adelaide for a while and fell in love with bluestone houses there.
‘‘We had a big family — we were about to have our fourth child — so we needed a big place and we found this enormous place at Marden.’’
The property, built circa 1885, was one of several rural estates to be built on large land holdings along the Torrens valley towards the end of the 19th century.
Originally comprising about 8ha of land, the villa now sits on just under 3500sq m but Vanda says this has been more than ample.
‘‘The kids loved the space and the places to be,’’ she says. ‘‘They had lots of little cubbies everywhere and they had every kind of pet. I love gardening and it’s been a great joy to be in the garden and to grow food.’’
The expansive house is laden with character features including high ceilings, heritage fireplaces, decorative cornices and etched glass at the main entrance.
The villa boasts several large rooms that can be configured to suit any buyer, comfortably housing six or more bedrooms and multiple living areas.
It also features a tower with views to the Adelaide Hills and an inground pool.
‘‘We would often rush up to the tower to look at things in the sky like planets or a comet,’’ Vanda recalls.
‘‘There is a very fine entertaining arrangement with the sitting room and the library area out to the barbecue and the pool.
‘‘We’ve regularly hosted Christmas parties. You can accommodate 100 people standing inside.’’
Vanda says they have spent time and money restoring the property inline with its heritage.
‘‘It’s such a fine place to live in and part of that is because it’s not posh ... it’s relaxing,’’ she says.