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360-degree views in Tennyson | New agent in town | Medindie treasure


In this week’s look at South Australia’s most premium properties, a new agent opens her doors and gives us a peak at her spectacular home, a rare chance to buy a Tennyson property with 360-degree views from the beach to the hills, and a treasured Medindie home hits the market.

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360-degree views in Tennyson

The owners of a standout Tennyson property say it would suit anyone who works from home, given they have converted part of the four-car garage into a modern office space, including powder room.

“When we purchased the home as new in 2010 the garage was designed for four cars and four motorbikes,” says vendor Casey Tanner. “Having converted 30 square metres of the garage into an office, we still have 45 square metres of undercover car parking with an additional two external car parks in the driveway.”

Casey and wife Alex run their company Chief Fire Design from the spectacular home. The fire protection consultants specialise in commercial and industrial projects and the home at 70A Seaview Road has been a great base for work and play. The property has access from both Military Road and Seaview Road and the couple utilise the Seaview Road access for home and personal use and Military Road for business.

Sea views from the Tennyson home.

And Hills views from the Tennyson property.

Their light-filled modern home is designed over four floors. The ground floor is laid out for adults with master bedroom, ensuite and walk-in wardrobe, while the first floor suits the kids. The levels are connected with a jarrah floating stair and a four-person lift. There is also a theatre room and open plan living area. A fun feature is the rooftop sky deck – a great spot for entertaining as the sun sets to the west.

“We have 360-degree views from the rooftop plus multiple entertaining areas with views over the ocean and across to the hills and city. Not many properties in Tennyson have this,” Casey says.

“No part of Tennyson is greater than 400m from the beach and it’s very private with minimal road access and just a short walk to Grange and Henley beaches.

“We love Tennyson and we are staying in the area but just looking to downsize.”

The property is being handled by Ouwens Casserley agents Dianne and Darren Ladhams and offers close by 2pm on April 9.


Precious memories in Medindie

Mark Wiggins has lived in his Medindie home for 25 years and he admits it will be emotional to say goodbye to the place.

Mark’s late wife Susan Brown was a well-known Adelaide interior designer and the home is “full of her touch”, Mark says.

Susan passed away 20 years ago and Mark has raised his two now-adult children in the home.

“Susan designed the kitchen, chose all the whitegoods and insisted on the bevelled parquetry floor in the back room that still looks fantastic,” Mark says.

“It will be sad to walk out and say goodbye. This has been a great family home but it’s time for a new chapter now that the kids are young adults.”

The home at 2 Avenel Gardens Road sits on 943 square metres and boasts manicured extensive gardens with automated irrigation.

Features include four to five bedrooms, large, open plan kitchen/living area, a study with French doors leading out to the alfresco dining area, and carport and garage with back lane access from Medindie Lane.

“When we bought it we did an extensive renovation,” Mark says. “We basically gutted it and put in new wiring, plumbing, drainage, did the salt damp and we added the big extension. It has really stood the test of time.”

Mark , who is currently winding down his tree business Zebra Australia, is looking forward to fulfilling a lifelong dream – to become a farmer. He has bought a 30-hectare property in Mt Pleasant.

“It’s taken me the best part of a year to get used to the fact that I could leave this place. It is just a fabulous home in a fabulous location but it’s time for another family to enjoy it.”

The sale is being handled by Fox Real Estate Agents Andrew Fox and Candy Bennett and offers close by 12pm on April 10.


New agent on the block

Ros Herbert has had a long career in business and marketing, including running her own executive recruitment business, Safari Recruitment, in the late 1990s.

But all the while Ros’s driving passion has been real estate. Over the years, she has bought and renovated several homes and also advised clients and friends on how to redesign and style their abodes.

So, when she was wondering what would come next last year, all roads eventually led Ros to launch her own real estate business, Fasari Property.

 “I do love property hence real estate seemed like a natural fit,” she says. “I’d been a buyer and vendor so many time so I sort of knew the ropes.

“In 2006, we were living in Melbourne and we purchased a small house in Grange which required some work. After renting it out for a year, I renovated it and we used it as our Adelaide base. Around the same time I undertook building us a new home in Melbourne, so by now, I had the building/renovation bug.

“So, I studied for and obtained a Victorian Domestic Building Manager’s Licence, with the intention of only building/renovating homes for ourselves. Since then I’ve renovated five homes in Adelaide beachside suburbs and a couple in Melbourne and I have also consulted to a small number of clients on renovation ideas.”

Ros obtained her South Australian real estate agent license last year and worked for one of the major companies before stepping out on her own five months ago.

She plans to focus on the Adelaide beachside suburbs.

Ros Herbert plans to focus on beachside suburbs. Photo: Tony Lewis

Ros’s husband Bob is a director of the umbrella company Safari Biz, but he will not be hands-on with the real estate business. Bob is currently chairman of the Australasian Rail Association and Chairman of TrackSafe, a not-for-profit organization.

But Ros says she regularly bounces ideas off Bob.

She is pitching her business as “new, independent and boutique”.

“So far I’ve only had charming happy clients and I’m loving it… It’s just great to be working in an area that I am genuinely passionate about.”

To get a close-up look at Ros’s renovating style pick up a copy of the April issue of SALIFE magazine with a feature story on her luxurious beachside home.


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