HE’S written many stories over the years, and now legendary SA journalist Rex Jory is hoping to write a happy ending when he auctions his Port Willunga beach house next month.
Jory, who started in journalism as a copy boy for The News in 1960, and his partner, Liz McGrice, bought the 12 Esplanade home 20 years ago, attracted by its clifftop location and view.
“I heard about this place and asked the agent how much he thought it would go for at auction,” Jory said.
“He said they were expecting about $160,000 to $175,000, and I said ‘I’ll give you $200,000’ and he looked at me like I’d hit him with a hammer.
“I’m of the view if you want something, someone else is bound to as well, so you’ve got to pay a bit more than the market price.
“It turns out that it was a good decision.”
The airconditioned home has a double garage, three bedrooms, open-plan living and a large deck for outdoor entertaining and stunning views along the coastline. Jory, who will turn 75 on the day of the auction – Sunday, February 3 – and Ms McGrice currently live in the CBD and use the property as a beach house.
“It’s been a real friend to us, this house, we’ve enjoyed every minute of it,” Jory said.
“It’s a delight to sit outside in summer and watch the water, and in winter you can watch the storms blow in.
“It’s a real 365 days-a-year holiday house, not just a summer-only place.
“We just don’t use it as much as we’d like and so we hope someone else loves it like we have.”
Jory was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the 2014 Australia Day Honours for “service to journalism, and to the community of South Australia”.
While he writes his columns for The Advertiser from his city apartment, he said the property, on the market with a price guide of $900,000, had been a relaxing space where he dabbled in fiction writing.
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