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