A northern suburbs jaw dropper inspired by Canadian chalets

A northern suburbs jaw dropper inspired by Canadian chalets

Built on a former goldmine… yes… a gold mine, from trees that transported in, then milled on-site, this chalet-style home in Adelaide’s north is an absolute jaw-dropper.

You will find it about an hour north of Adelaide’s CBD at 214 Stars Gully Rd Yattalunga — close to Blakeview and Uleybury.

Located on 27.11ha of land, the four-bedroom home has been a labour of love for vendors Rick and Gail Langley, who built it with Paul Guy Builders.

“We built it about 12 years ago and it took five years to complete,” Mr Langley said.

“It took a long time to build because it’s on a hillside, so all the brickwork is underneath to hold it there — it took more bricks than a normal house and yet you can’t see any bricks because they’re all underneath.”





The interior of the home is a classic chalet-style mix of raw materials and rich mahogany, which Mr Langley transported from interstate.

“We sourced 12 full trees of southern mahogany from northern New South Wales and that came with the bark on it and everything,” Mr Langley said.

“We milled them down on-site and made the structural timber for the house. All the staircasing is made of southern mahogany, that’s why it’s that beautiful cherry colour.

“Then along the inside, the internal poles are cypress pine and came from Queensland, they came as full trees and all the bark came off of those and they all went in.”

Inspired by trips to Canada and staying in chalets, Mr Langley said the site just begged for a unique home to make the most of the hilltop views.

“It had to look a bit different — it’s a beautiful valley and when you look through all the windows you can’t see any other structure,” he said.

“You get a lot of wildlife coming over from the national parks, we’re only one block over really, you get all the deer and kangaroos.”

Mr Langley said the property would suit a variety of buyers, especially given the established shearing sheds and original miner cottage in the valley.

“It might go to someone that wants to put vines in, because there’s a lot of people that want to put cellar doors in,” he said.

“It looks like there’s a lot of maintenance but there’s not, it’s reasonably maintenance free and it’s just a nice place to live, waking up there is beautiful.”

LJ Hooker Real Estate agent Harvey Bloomfield said he’d never sold a property with “so much attention to detail”.

“It really is a house you’re not going to see anywhere else,” he said.

“It’s quite smartly designed, its almost ergonomic, with air flow and heating/cooling and the use of timber and stone.”

Mr Bloomfield said the unique design was a particular stand out, along with the history of the land and the old miner’s cottage located on the property.

“It’s on Tenafeate Creek which was an original gold mine, there’s still gold found there to this day,” he said.

“But the original stone cottage called Sunnybrae is still intact on the property, it’s been redone inside but the outside is still the same — its got so much history but there is so much on offer.”

Mr Bloomfield said the property had plenty to offer, especially for buyers looking for a change of lifestyle.

“It has all the bells and whistles, the scenery is ever-changing and you’ve got beautiful wildlife,” he said.

“But I think the main thing is as soon as you drive to this property you just realise how incredible the house is.”

The property has a price guide of $1.69 million to $1.79 million and is available for inspection by private appointment.

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