How you buy a gorgeous renovated 1915 villa in Adelaide for less than $1 million


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It has a definite eastern suburbs feel about it, but this meticulously renovated 1915 villa is actually in Adelaide’s north, with an asking price to match its location.

Heritage listed, and updated from top to toe, with a large swimming pool and workshop, the 4-bedroom home on 1042sqm has an asking price of $799,000 to $878,000.


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“There’s not one blemish inside” says the agent selling this renovated stunner. Picture: Supplied by Ouwens Casserly Real Estate

You will find it 26 Finniss St, Gawler — about five minutes’ walk from the supermarket, shops and cafes of the town’s main street, with easy train access to the CBD.

Adrian Patterson, of Ouwens Casserly Real Estate, who is selling the home with Nick Wheatman, says similar character homes can be found in Adelaide’s most-prestigious suburbs with price tags well over then $1 million mark.”

Room to dine and relax on the terrace. Picture: Supplied by Ouwens Casserly Real Estate

“It’s a comparative bargain,” Mr Patterson says. “If you picked it up and put it in Unley or Henley Beach any day of the week it would be $1.5 million.

“I’ve sold one in Parkside for $1.5 million which was every bit the same quality inside.”

Mr Patterson says the home’s owners carried out improvements to the property over a number of years — right down to recent resurfacing of the 1980s-era swimming pool.

The kitchen has had an extensive renovation. Picture: Supplied by Ouwens Casserly Real Estate

“There’s just not one blemish inside, from every cornice to every skirting. It’s up there with the best renovations I’ve sold.”

Some of the property’s highlights include the workshop, which was converted from a sandstone stable building, and includes a pit and work benches.

The home itself also features restored sandstone walls, a sweeping bullnose veranda and original leadlight detailing around the front door.

The old-style open fireplace. Picture: Supplied by Ouwens Casserly Real Estate


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Inside you will find wooden floors and ornate ceilings as well as timber fretwork and feature fireplaces.

The heritage features are offset by large windows that bring in plenty of natural light, and there are chandeliers and crisp, white colour tones.

The home also features retro-style tiling and modern kitchen and bathrooms, while the balcony is enclosable for year-round use.

Mr Patterson says interest has so far come largely from people already living in Adelaide’s north, as well as a few Adelaide and interstate buyers.

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