The Advertiser - Real Estate
THIS GLENELG SOUTH HOME IS A BLAST FROM THE PAST
A Glenelg South home has been lovingly restored to its former glory, and offers a tremendous coastal lifestyle to those with an appreciation for the finer things in life, and a fondness for a bygone era.
Lance Meaney and his partner Christine bought the house in 2010 in almost original condition and immediately set to work on bringing the home into a standard that befitted its grand facade and prime beachside location.
“We loved its uniqueness, both in its external appearance and in its character features inside – it really was quite unspoilt,” Mr Meaney says.
“Despite the fact it’s still in its semi-original condition, it’s still a very appealing and comfortable property. We’ve spent a lot of money on it. It was in poor condition when we bought it, so we updated the electrics, plumbing, painting inside and out, restored all of the rooms bar one, we removed the old seaweed that was in the roof and put in new insulation, and put reverse-cycle airconditioning in throughout. We’ve also done some work in the backyard and front yard – everything was just derelict and worn out so we’ve restored it throughout and put in new wallpaper and so on, and it’s been a real labour of love – I’ve certainly enjoyed doing it.
“There were so many little things to do, but we’ve done them and it’s come up sensationally – we’re really proud of it and everyone that visits here responds really well to it and says they love what we’ve done to it.
“It’s been one thing after another but we knew what we were getting ourselves into and we wanted to do it. I had admired that property for longer than I cared to admit so when it came on the market, we saw it as a fantastic opportunity.”
Prior to the Meaney’s purchasing it, the home had been held by the one family for more than a century.
“It had never been on the market before because it had been in the one family for 120 years, and because of that a great majority of the original features are still in place – the wonderful fireplaces and surrounds and it’s even got the old servants bell in the kitchen. The house was built for a very well-off family and they spent good money establishing it in the first place, so I certainly wasn’t going to spoil it by not treating it appropriately. It was done properly and we’ve spent the money and I’m very pleased with what we’ve achieved.”
Set on the corner of Robert and Gloucester streets, the home has three bedrooms – the master with a dressing room with a wall of built – in robes. A formal lounge sits at one end of the home and opens to a formal dining room via a set of folding doors. The kitchen sits at the opposite end of the floorplan, opening to a casual meals area at one side and a sunroom at the other. A casual living area is nearby, as is a laundry, and this space opens to a covered outdoor entertainment area for alfresco dining. It overlooks an established low-maintenance rear yard.
“We’ve had some very big celebrations and some significant birthdays in there and it’s just magnificent for that purpose,” Mr Meaney says. “We have dinner parties with our friends – we’re old-fashioned like that – and everybody loves
the environment because it’s a very comfortable house. One of our neighbours said it was the most beautiful home they had ever been inside in their life.”
Mr Meaney says as brilliant as the home is, it’s location was a strong drawcard.
“It’s a top little street and there are three other beautiful character homes in the street – it’s arguably the best street in Glenelg,” he says.
With the couple now looking for something a little more appropriate for their stage of life, the time has come to sell, with Mr Meaney saying they will be delighted to see its next owners enjoy the home they have so lovingly restored – or even modernise the interior to suit their family’s needs.
“We’re quietly pleased with what we’ve done, because we’ve ensured its survival and made sure its in good shape for the next 30 years. It was a privilege to own the house and I’m glad that we had the opportunity.”
5 Robert St, Glenelg South
Contact agent for price
Agent: Ouwens Casserly Real Estate, Cynthia Sajkunovic 0418 856 334. Land size: 680sqm.
Offers: Close Thursday, December 17 at noon.
Open: Open 2pm to 2.45pm tomorrow, and 6pm to 6.30pm Tuesday.