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Premium SAHOMES is your weekly look at South Australia’s most spectacular homes for sale and the people who are selling and buying. Today, a winery boss looks to sell his stunning Leabrook home, a historic Hills mansion hits the market, and we go inside a designer Waterfull Gully landmark.

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Yalumba boss selling Leabrook home

The Managing Director of Yalumba, Nick Waterman, and wife Anna have put their luxurious Leabrook home on the market.

The couple bought the five-bedroom home in 1998 for their growing brood of four children. Now, 20 years down the track, they no longer need the space and have decided to sell up.

The stylish villa has four bathrooms, sitting room and a spectacular living and dining area with views of the tennis court and pool. The separate pool house is a stand out feature with a fully-equipped kitchen, bathroom, and outdoor area.

The home, on 2230 square metres, is being sold through Klemich Real Estate.


Historic Hills mansion on the market

A sandstone Victorian mansion in Mylor is on the open market for the first time in 20 years and boasts not just grand features, but an important place in South Australian history.

Built in 1842, “Warrakilla” was a half-way rest stop between Adelaide and Strathalbyn for Cobb and Co back in the 1840s. It was also the country estate of Surveyor-General George Goyder.

Owners Lucy and Hamilton Walker bought the estate 12 years ago, having moved to South Australia from Queensland with their two young boys.

Features of the landmark home include 15 main rooms, a library, six bathrooms, tasting room and cellar and a self-contained upstairs wing. The property also has a 15 x 5 metre infinity heated pool and spa, income-producing vineyards and horse facilities including arena, stables and small cross-country course.

The 1440sqm commercial shed complex, big enough for 60 cars, also has a boardroom, office and staff facilities and was previously approved as a winery and cellar door.

Lucy says they have loved living and entertaining in the luxurious home but with their sons grown up, it is simply too big. The couple, who own Walkers International, a berry growing company, will move to their hills farm.

“The house is just beautiful and it has been a privilege to own it, but it’s just our time to go now and let someone else enjoy it,” she says.

The sale of “Warrakilla” is being handled by Harcourts Williams Luxury Property by private inspection. Lucy says it has already had serious interest, including from interstate and international buyers.


Retro award winner in Waterfall Gully

This Waterfall Gully Road home has been attracting attention since 1981.

It featured in the 1981 House and Garden Yearbook as one of Australia’s most stylish abodes – now 79 Waterfall Gully Road is up for sale.

Current owners Dr David and Pam Mitchell, who have lived in the five bedroom home for 14 years, have kept the original Yearbook with images of the house, including red and white polkadot bathroom walls.

The coffee table book has been handed down to each of the owners over the years.

The home has been updated and renovated several times and is designed over three levels including a granny flat downstairs which Dr Mitchell has used as his consulting rooms. However, with retirement looming, the couple is looking to downsize, but are keen to stay in the hills.

The house also features a four-person lift, sunken spa room, multiple living areas and beautiful views out to the lush garden.

The block is 1096 square metres and the home is selling in the $1.15-$1.25 million price range through Harcourts.

Go here for a gallery of photographs. Scroll down to see the home as it was in 1981.

The home, owned at the time by Robert and Polly Locke, featured in the House & Garden Yearbook 1981.

The children’s bathroom. Polly, an interior designer, told House & Garden: “I appreciate good period design, but I like to live with simple pure design lines.”


According to House & Garden: “Robert and Polly’s home makes a definite statement. Its simple, functional lines, pleasing sense of balance and proportion and dramatic use of colour are a personal reflection of taste and preference.”

The home’s funky bar, praised by House & Garden for taking advantage of what could have been a wasted space.

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