A colonial cottage with an award-winning architectural surprise

A colonial cottage with an award-winning architectural surprise

It might look like a quaint cottage from the outside, but this North Adelaide property is hiding away an award-winning modern extension.

Listed on The National Trust and State Heritage register the four-bedroom home, at 88 Finniss St, is a well-executed fusion of old world charm and cutting edge architecture.

Fox Real Estate agent Paul Casey said the character facade of the home was an important part of South Australia’s history.

“It was built around 1842 by pioneer George Stevenson, who arrived on the HMS Buffalo with Governor Hindmarsh,” Mr Casey said.

“Originally it had a couple acres with established gardens, it was just a cottage around that time and, in about 1860, another part was built.”





Updated throughout the years by previous owners, Mr Casey said the current vendors added an extension to increase the amount of family living space.

It includes a high raked ceiling, a wall of glass and a luxurious kitchen with a full walk-in pantry, as well as a veranda overlooking the rear gardens.

“It’s now double in size to what it used to be, the extension of the kitchen was done by award-winning architect Max Pritchard,” he said.

Set on 908sqm, Mr Casey said the size of the block was unusual for the location and made the property feel private and like it was set in the countryside.

“For North Adelaide it’s a large block, the gardens are lovely and complement the home,” he said.

“The property also has a lap-style solar heated pool, which not many properties in the area have because most aren’t on enough land. It’s unusual to be able to buy a house (in this area) which has got such a large pool.”

Holding the first open inspection last weekend, Mr Casey said the property attracted a wide range of buyers, with many finding the feel and location of the home a real stand out.

“They loved the lovely cottage feeling that the home offers and particularly the fact it has that feel throughout, but then it’s been modernised as well,” he said.

“You can hear the lions roaring at the Adelaide Zoo, it’s that close you can walk to the city and you could easily live without a car.”

The home features a large master suite with a walk-in robe and ensuite, plus three large bedrooms. It also has a private office, a living room with a gas heater, a media/playroom and an open dining and living area that extends out to the backyard.

The property also features a two-room wine cellar, a security system, gas ducted heating, evaporative ducted airconditioning and secure off-street parking for three cars.

The property has a price guide of $1.6 million and will go to auction on Saturday, February 23 at 11am.

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