The Advertiser - Real Estate

Step back in time in this resort-style Prospect stunner

If you’ve been wanting to enter the increasing­ly popular Prospect housing market, then this Audley Ave home might be the one you’ve been looking for. Best of all, it offers you some scope to really make it your own

- Tom Bowden

A Prospect home has all the hallmarks of yesteryear, and offers a fantastic family lifestyle in the heart of one of the state’s most sought-after city fringe suburbs.

Rob Aler bought the home in 1997, attracted by its location. A location, he says, which has only improved as the years have passed.

“I always wanted to be close to the city, and Prospect, at that stage was a bit more affordable than it is now,” Mr Aler says.

“I used to work in the city, so I liked the idea of being able to commute quickly and easily into work. It’s close to schools, it’s close to transport and has buses and trains, and it’s close to town and Adelaide Oval, and that’s what attracted me back then, and it’s what kept me here since then.”

The home was built in 1920, and retains most of the hallmark features of that era in its heritage colour scheme, original fireplaces, high ceilings and ornate skirtings and cornices.

“Structural­ly, I’ve left the house pretty much the same as when I bought it, but I’ve made some improvemen­ts in the time I’ve had it like repainting, installing new fences, putting in a new pool fence, and I’ve updated the gardens,” he says. “I didn’t need to make any changes because I loved it as it is and it worked really well for me. It’s a symmetrica­l Queen Anne Villa and that’s what attracted me to it, because it’s got nice, spacious rooms, it’s well designed and makes good use of its space. It’s not like a bungalow where they can become a bit like a rabbit warren. I loved the symmetry and the heritage of it. Nowadays every house looks the same, whereas mine still has that heritage feel to it, and to be honest, that’s what really attracted me to it. But if someone wanted to update it they easily can with some paint.”

The home features three bedrooms. The master suite measures 4.5m x 4.6m and features a walk-in robe and an ensuite with a shower, a toilet and a dual vanity unit. One of the other bedrooms has a fireplace, while the other has two built-in cupboards. An open-plan living and dining room sit at the front of the house, to the left-hand side of the central entry hallway that flows to an open-plan kitchen, family and meals area at the rear. This space is complete with a large bay window that fills the home with natural light and offers an uninterrup­ted view over the rear yard.

The kitchen features timber cabinetry, a timber benchtop with breakfast bar, quality appliances, a tiled splashback and overhead cupboards. A family bathroom – with a separate bath and shower – is nearby, as is a laundry that opens to the rear yard. Here you’ll find an establishe­d low-maintenanc­e garden, a fenced inground pool and spa, and a patio area, while a 10m carport sits to the side of the home.

“Having a pool is great – I used to have a lot of friends over during the summer back in the day,” Mr Aler says. “Having people over for a barbecue and a swim – it doesn’t get much more Australian than that. If we find ourselves in the situation were we are going in and out of lockdowns again, this would be the perfect place for a family to do it because everything you need is here and you’ve got plenty of room to move.”

As beautiful as the home is, Mr Aler says its location is one of its strongest selling points.

“It’s close to shops, Prospect Rd is humming now, there’s a great cinema and cafes nearby, the home is zoned for Adelaide Botanic High and it’s close to Blackfriar­s Priory,” he says.

“The location really is second-to-none. I’d leave work at 5.30pm, be home by 5.45pm and be cracking a beer at 5.50pm. I’ve been going to see the basketball since the ’80s, and now that it’s at the Entertainm­ent Centre, I walk there. I also walk to Adelaide Oval and can be in my seat within 30 minutes. Prospect Rd really has come ahead in recent years and has everything there you need. It’s such a pretty area too.”

Mr Aler is now looking to downsize to the eastern suburbs and would love to see a family move in and enjoy the property he’s called home for the past 24 years.

“Like any good book, there’s always the next chapter,” he says. “It’s always sad to say goodbye, but exciting to start something new.”

25 Audley Ave, Prospect

Contact agent for price

Agent: Williams Real Estate, Hamish Mill 0408 971 668. Land size: 516sqm. Auction: Saturday, February 13 at 10.30am. Open: 2pm to 2.45pm today, and 6pm to 6.45pm Monday.

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