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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, arguably Adelaide’s most luxurious beach-front property attracts overseas interest, a seachange opens up a designer home in Wayville, and two grand residences of historic interest hit the market.

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Shahin beach house attracting OS attention

A beachfront property at Tennyson owned by the Shahin family, of On The Run fame, is attracting a lot of attention from overseas buyers, according to Sotheby’s agent Grant Giordano.

While he won’t put a price tag on the extravagant home, Giordano says it has passed through 11 agents in four years. It has been listed with other agents in the $5-$6 million bracket.

“Most interest has materialised from overseas Sotheby’s clients who are astounded at the value the home presents in comparison to their local market, especially considering the exchange rate of Australian dollars into their local currency,” he says. “Noting this, we have had significant local inquiry asking somewhat incredulously whether or not we intend to truly auction the residence?

“A few parties have expressed interest at varied levels to which we have responded, ‘the home is going to be sold at auction’. We invite all potential purchasers to come and view the home this Saturday… as we want to show Adelaide how special this property is.”

Features of the OTT abode include seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms, an indoor pool and spa, and a three-storey lift. The home was designed to emulate “a luxury cruise liner”, according to Sotheby’s marketing material.

“We had a similar property in Perth that the local agents had for four years at $15m and we went to auction and were able to attain $17 million,” Giordano says. “As such, we think this strategy will help show people the value of such an incredible property.

“As for what makes the property so incredibly unique, I’ll answer with a simple question: ‘where else can you find a build of such proportions, over 1,200 square metres internally and externally, of such quality, of such awe-inspiring design on absolute beach frontage?”

The property will go to auction on November 17 at 2.30pm.


Black Rabbit creatives of choice

Black Rabbit Architecture and Interiors are the creatives behind a slick renovation at 31 Joslin Street, Wayville, which is now on the market.

Owners Anna and Tony Evangelou, who built the home 18 years ago, rented an apartment by the beach while the renovations were being done three years ago. End result? They discovered they loved the sea change and are now building at Hove, again with Black Rabbit.

“The kids have all finished school now and we just don’t need the space anymore,” Anna says. “But we just love this home and we’re hoping another family with kids can buy it and enjoy it.”

The Tuscan-inspired home features four bedrooms and three bathrooms and plenty of living space. Anna admits it will be a wrench to leave the house and the community they have loved for the past 18 years.

“This location is just amazing. We can walk to King William and Goodwood Road. And everything happens on the streets around here, it is just such a lovely community.”

The house is being sold through Ouwens Casserly agents Michael and Angela Stentiford and will have its first open tomorrow. The house is expected to fetch between $1.785 and $1.875 million.


Belair gem up for grabs

Belair home Willa Willa is on the market and comes complete with a colourful history. It started life as the stables and the coach house for the hills mansion Biralee in 1897 and was then converted into a family home in 1922 by local architect WV Culley, for his wife and six children. Then, in the 1940s, the home was occupied by Scotch College as their campus while US troops requisitioned the Torrens Park site. Classes were held downstairs while the boarders stayed upstairs.

Current owners Sinead Hanley, a radiologist, and husband Michael Shanahan, a rheumatologist, have called Willa Willa home for the past 20 years, but now that their three children have moved out they will downsize to Millswood.

Sinead researched the history of Willa Willa through the Mitcham Historical Society and says she found photos of the Scotch boarders standing on the balcony of the home, which has 14 main rooms, six bedrooms, four bathrooms, a pool and large mature garden. The entire block is 3,290 square metres. There’s also a wrap-around first-floor balcony, and second-floor balcony with views to the hills and city.

“It’s hard to convey the sense of space from just photos,” Sinead says. “I’m from Ireland and we have had lots of visitors to stay and there’s always plenty of room.”

The house is being sold through Klemich agent Matt Smith and offers close on Thursday, November 1.


Music house on market for first time in 50 years

Famous Russian pianist and composer Sergei Rachmaninoff is said to have played at a grand old house that is now for sale in Cumberland Park.

This story is all the more fitting given the current vendor, Malcolm Best, is an accomplished pianist and well-known performer around Adelaide – the home currently has two grand pianos.

“Malcolm has owned the home for 50 years but the owner before him was also a musician and she told him about Rachmaninoff playing there,” says Rebecca Field, Malcolm’s niece, who is handling the sale for the family.

The 52 Avenue Road home is one of the first homesteads of the area and was actually considered a country residence back in the 1880s. The house sits on 2100 square metres and has five bedrooms and two bathrooms. It also boasts lush gardens and an attached guest house.

Many of Malcolm’s valuable antiques may form part of the sale, says Rebecca, who has great memories of visiting the home as a child.

“It was a kid’s paradise,” she says. “I remember running up and down the hallway or hiding out in the garden.”

The home will be auctioned on August 27 through Fox Real Estate.


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