Have you got what it takes to restore this Millswood character home?

Have you got what it takes to restore this Millswood character home?

It was the family home of acclaimed SA botanist and OAM recipient Darrell Kraehenbuehl for more than 50 years. But now, this Millswood character home is crying out to be restored and could offer one lucky buyer the opportunity to enter a sought-after city-fringe locale on a budget.

The renovator’s delight at 8 Ravensthorpe Ave will be auctioned on Saturday, February 2 through Ouwens Casserly with a price guide of $760,000.

Kraehenbuehl’s daughter Raelene Murphy, said the home held many fond memories and was only being sold to settle her father’s deceased estate.


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Kraehenbuehl died in August last year, age 84 after spending almost a lifetime campaigning for native flora (read more here).

“My parents bought the home over 50 years ago and I was still a baby – literally under one year old – when we moved in,” Ms Murphy said.

“I’m one of four children who grew up in the home which is set on one of the most wonderful streets.

“We really loved growing up in the area and would play in the streets with the neighbour’s kids.

“Back then, in its hay days, it was a beautiful home and dad actually had a mini golf course in the backyard … and even built us a sandpit in the shape of Australia.”

Set on a 828sqm block, the home currently features three bedrooms, one bathroom, a kitchen, a formal living room with a fireplace, a second family room, and a rear sleep-out or study.

Outside, a separate studio could be updated to create an appealing retreat, while a large backyard offers scope for an extension.

Ms Murphy said she would be sad to see the property sold but hoped it would be snatched up by a family with a love for renovation.

“My parents are both deceased now but would have loved to see the home brought back to its original glory,” she said.

“I know new developments is what happens these days but this is a quiet street and not a lot of houses come up for sale, so it would be nice to see the character of the area preserved.”

Millwood is located 4km from Adelaide’s CBD and has a median house price of $1.097 million.

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