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Majestic in Mitcham | Grand designs in Medindie | Arty in Aldgate


In this week’s review of the most premium properties on the market, take a look around a grand house in Mitcham on a huge block, see how a historic former nurses’ home in Medindie has been transformed, and imagine life in an artistic house and garden in Aldgate.

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One of Mitcham’s grandest

Set on more than 3000 square metres of manicured gardens at 5 Carrick Hill Drive is one of Mitcham’s grandest homes.

Owners of the 1926 Tudor, Cathy and Tony Smith, have decided to sell the historic home after enjoying it for four years. Cathy admits they are leaving with mixed feelings but it is time for a change.

“We love living here and in many ways, we don’t want to move,” she says. “We have renovated and modernised the interior of the home and it’s so lovely to live here with views of the magnificent gardens from every room.

“Now that Tony is semi-retired we are planning to travel a lot more. We are looking to downsize and for a change of lifestyle.”

Tony, who was managing partner of Ernst and Young in Adelaide, and Cathy enlisted Sonja Hosking from Hosking Interior to renovate and rejuvenate the home, including extending the master bedroom to include a dressing room and walk-in robe.

The couple has three adult children, two who currently live at home, and Cathy says the four-bedroom home has plenty of room for everyone and would also suit a young family.

“From every room, you can sit and take in the beautiful views of the gardens – it is just so peaceful,” Cathy says. “This place is the best of both worlds because it’s so quiet and private and yet it’s so close to the city.”

The house is being handled by Toop & Toop agents Tim and Megan Thredgold. The sale by tender closes on May 1 at 5pm.


Medindie home nursed to new life

It’s hard to believe this spectacular home in Medindie used to be a nurses’ home, with 20 tiny bedrooms and a line-up of showers.

When Roberta and Geoff Ellershaw bought the property at 1A Willyama Avenue in 1987 they set about the enormous task of transforming the nurses’ home into a family home.

It took four years and three different stages of work but finally they created a luxurious abode with four bedrooms, master with walk-in wardrobe and ensuite, formal sitting and dining rooms, open plan living area and a pool and tranquil gardens.

“Our grandchildren are the most upset that we are selling it because they love to visit and climb the trees,” Roberta says.

The home was build in 1910 and sits on more than 1300 square metres of land.

The couple went to great lengths during the renovation period to maintain as many of the grand design features as possible, such as the leadlight windows and intricate stonework.

The couple, who are very involved in Rotary Australia, has had many refugees stay in the luxurious home over the years, and admit they are sad to say goodbye to the place they have called home for more than 30 years.

“It really is the most beautiful home,” Geoff says. “Just the tranquillity, listening to the birds, the privacy and the security.”

The home is for sale and the price guide for the property is $2-2.2 million. It is being handled by Fox Real Estate agents Andrew Fox and Henry Gower Tillett.


Artistic influence in Aldgate

As an artist, Rebecca Hastings knows all about design, detail and colour. All those things came into play when Rebecca sat down with a building designer 10 years ago to plan her stylish and functional Aldgate home.

Now, Rebecca and husband Neil Spencer and their two children are preparing to say goodbye to their luxurious digs.

“I must admit I had a moment when they hammered in the sign out the front,” says Rebecca, who exhibits at a gallery in Melbourne. “This house has given us such a sense of achievement and to have it all looking so nice, I guess the reality of leaving has just set in.”


The natural, neutral palette of the home is punctuated by Rebecca’s colourful and quirky artworks throughout. Out in the garden, it is Neil’s handywork on show – he runs a gardening business called Red Hedge Gardens and Lawns.

The light, inviting home features polished concrete floors with underfloor heating, hand-cut limestone feature walls and cedar-framed double-glazed windows giving views to the picture-perfect garden.

“It will be sad to say goodbye,” Rebecca says. “My son who is now 13 was three when we moved in and my daughter was just born.

“But we are looking to just simplify and make a change. We want to stay in the area and I’m looking for something with great bones that I can invigorate.”

The home will be auctioned on April 29 at 4pm and is being handled by Harris Real Estate agents Arabella Hooper and Elle Seaman.



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