Blue­stone beauty

The ven­dor of a his­toric Mar­den prop­erty was at­tracted to its blue­stone, writes Ben Hyde.

The Advertiser - Real Estate - - Broad St, Marden -

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.

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