Live large in his­toric style

Orig­i­nal char­ac­ter blends with mod­ern con­ve­nience in this home built in 1910, writes Tom Bow­den.

The Advertiser - Real Estate - - The Crescent, Crafers -

AN his­tor­i­cal res­i­dence within easy reach of both the city and The Pa­rade ap­pealed to Mike Canny and his fam­ily when they re­turned to South Aus­tralia in 1999 af­ter liv­ing over­seas.

‘‘We were look­ing for some­thing near schools and we had a large fam­ily; this is a large home and it met our cri­te­ria,’’ Mr Canny says.

Mr Canny says while the cou­ple have mod­ernised some as­pects of the home in­clud­ing the kitchen, bath­rooms, decks and fam­ily ar­eas, they were care­ful to re­main true to the home’s orig­i­nal char­ac­ter and his­torwy.

‘‘For any­one who ap­pre­ci­ates large homes and ar­chi­tec­ture from the turn of the cen­tury and with lots of char­ac­ter, it meets all of those cri­te­ria. And you can see that there’s a great deal of crafts­man­ship has gone into the build­ing of the house and it has very much been used,’’ Mr Canny says.

‘‘We’ve had a lot of par­ties and events here and a lot of in­ter­est­ing peo­ple have lived here. We’ve had wed­dings here, 21sts, school for­mals and that sort of thing so it’s lived in, it’s not a mu­seum piece, but the rooms are big and they’ve got a cer­tain char­ac­ter we thought was re­ally im­por­tant to main­tain.’’

The home was orig­i­nally built for Frank Downer in 1910, is set on a 4092sq m block over two ti­tles and has also been the home of Sir Frank Perry, Don Laid­law and for­mer man­ager of Chrysler Mo­tors Aus­tralia, Bob Perkins.

It has 15 main rooms, in­clud­ing five or six bed­rooms, four bath­rooms and a cloak­room/pow­der room, and three lower level rooms. The mas­ter suite fea­tures a walk-in robe and a wall of built-ins. The home fea­tures a con­ser­va­tory with a tim­ber-lined ceil­ing which Mr Canny says pro­vides beau­ti­ful views year-round over the gar­den.

‘‘It’s quite a large gar­den and of­fers a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties for quiet walks.’’

The home fea­tures a bil­liard room, a deck and gazebo for out­door en­ter­tain­ing, an in-ground swim­ming pool and heated spa.

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