Enter from Stuart Road to a magnificent bluestone 1885 villa of 9 grand main rooms set on 1,411sqm (approx.) of glorious private gardens.
Set well back from the road this surprisingly quiet and private property is ideal for a busy family and allows a flexible floorplan.
-Original Victorian fountain on entry with circular character garden
-Superb original bluestone facade with a double return verandah
-Gracious wide entrance with high ceilings (3.85m) and restored leadlight windows
-Period features including original ceiling roses, cornices, fireplaces and door ware
-Drawing room with decorative fireplace
-Family living and dining room with open fireplace
-Four bedrooms, main with built in robes and full sash window
-Fifth bedroom or study with french doors to verandah
-Eat-in country style kitchen of kauri timber with 900mm oven, gas cooktop and dishwasher
-Three heritage style bathrooms, ensuite with clawfoot bath and WC
-Original bluestone cellar and butler's pantry
-Glorious gardens with raised vegetable beds to the rear and numerous fruit trees
-White flowering currently include magnolia, hollyhock, flowering pomegranate, salvia and gaura (butterfly bush) and roses with blue including giant ajuga, liriope, salvia and recently iris plus a wall of wisteria
-Glory vine covered north facing outdoor entertaining area
-Laundry facilities to the rear of the house
-Ducted reverse-cycle air conditioning
-Three water tanks, one plumbed to the laundry
-Automatic watering system to the front garden
-Fully lined garden shed
-Valuable rear access off street parking including double end to end carport
-Zoned for Rose Park Primary and Marryatville High School
-Being sold for the first time in 36 years
A word from our vendors:
The home was built for a prominent Judge and MP on 4 acres of land when the area of Dulwich was released for sale. In 1890 it was the second largest home in Dulwich and the grand frontage imposing set back from the road with fountain and circular drive for carriage access at the front door.
Today being set back is an advantage allowing for a wonderful circular garden around the original restored fountain and a view of the stately decorative front of the house that is always amazing for its design and skilled craftsmanship making this house is a 'hidden gem' unknown to many locals. The right of way from Stuart Road provides easy driveway access and keeps the privacy of the front garden.
Living here with homely yet gracious and spacious rooms has allowed flexible use to meet the changing family needs of a young family or teenagers.
The house and garden have held 21sts and a wedding amongst othee celebrations. The family love the character, quietness, space to play, hide or retreat along with the stone fruit, citrus and fig trees.
The place in local history has inspired the owners to return the exterior to heritage colours and to retain the character of the 1880s period including preserving and restoring heritage features without losing the warmth and homely feel for family living.
The current layout reflects the original design of the house with the largest living room the family space and the front drawing room originally to receive visitors. The now study or bedroom was probably the breakfast room in 1885. The kitchen with restored mantle and dresser and family size table has been the heart of the house to suit family living, whilst originally the maids domain!
A family home for the owners, children and more recently grandchildren to have the run of and enjoy, it is now time to downsize and leave for another family to make their home.