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There’s a brightness on the edge of town in this luxe mansion

Want for literally nothing in this stunning Medindie mansion with the lot. If you have a taste for the finer things in life and only the very best will do, well, this is the home for you. One look and we’re sure you’ll fall in love

- Tom Bowden

Here at the Real Estate magazine we like to save the best for last. And that’s certainly what we’ve done with this majestic Medindie mansion.

The home has been built by Charles (Harry) Alexander and partner Yoland Higgs, who, over the space of six years, has been tirelessly and meticulous­ly crafting this truly impressive creation. And the end result is nothing short of incredible, setting a standard of prestige very rarely seen in the Adelaide market.

“We demolished the original house in 2014 and the actual constructi­on process was about four years continuous­ly, and then we’ve spent the past two years finishing it and fitting it out,” Mr Alexander says. “There were times where we were doing 12-hour shifts, seven days a week working on it. We’ve never had a real finish date in sight for this place, we just worked on it until it was perfect and until it was finished. And that time has come now. It was designed to be a family home of grand scale.”

Mr Alexander, a commercial builder, says the property is certainly a showpiece, and the house he considers the crowning achievemen­t of his building career.

“It’s not a house that’s going to come on the market every year – a home like this might only come on every 20 or 30 years,” Mr Alexander says. “It was just important we did it right. That staircase, for instance, if we had done it differentl­y we could have had it done in a week, but because we did it properly, just that took us six weeks in constructi­on time.

“Materials were critical to us. Some of the stone came from India, the pool tiles were from Spain, the porcelain was from China and the roof tiles are Spanish terracotta. The reason we went with the Spanish ones over Australian ones is that if we were to have used the Australian tiles we would have had to make the roof pitch steeper, whereas if we use the Spanish tiles we could lower that slope and make the inside dimensions about 1m higher overall.

“We had two architects and two engineers working on the house and then some of the design concepts were by the Galvin Group. That staircase really is incredible and I’m so proud of how it turned out. We’ve had some of the state’s top builders through here and they’ve said they haven’t seen anything like it because there’s just so much detailed work.”

The home is set over three levels of luxury living and features up to seven bedrooms. The master sits on the ground floor and has a fireplace, a dressing room and a luxe ensuite with a separate shower and bath. Two dedicated guest suites sit at the front of the upper level – both opening out via french doors to private balconies. Four more bedrooms occupy this level, set in pairs either side of the main living area and each with walk-in robes and access to a pair of two-way bathrooms. A landing area at the front of the upper level opens to a large balcony for outdoor entertainm­ent. At the rear is a living room that could also be a bedroom, and another living room or study, with the latter opening via french doors to a balcony.

The ground floor features a grand foyer with a gallery that leads past a formal dining room to an open-plan kitchen with butler’s pantry, liv

ing and dining area at the rear. An indoor spa pool is nearby, and the home opens out to a spacious covered terrace with an outdoor kitchen overlookin­g a rear yard complete with a pool and spa, a tennis court, a pool pavilion, and a guesthouse with a bedroom, a bathroom, a dining and living area and a double garage.

“It’s like having your own resort here with the tennis court and the two pools,” Mr Alexander says. “If you lived here you’d never need to leave.”

The home’s lower level features a large living room, a home theatre, a gym and a wine storage and tasting room, with all three levels accessed by an elevator. High-end finishes and fixtures feature throughout, and the home also has Cbus home automation, a 16-camera security system, and all up, up to five kitchens.

Mr Alexander says he is incredibly proud of how the home has turned out, adding it will be hard to say goodbye to the property he has poured so much of himself into.

“It’s time for a family to love it,” he says.

9 Robe Tce, Medindie

Contact agent for price

Agent: Williams Real Estate, Stephanie Williams 0413 874 888 & John Williams 0411 747 555. Land size: 4021sqm. Open: By appointmen­t.

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