IT’S the Australian’s dream, at some point in your life, to have a house by the beach. For Peter and Helen, that dream became a reality when they bought 34 South Esplanade, Glenelg South – one of only six Torrens-titled residences along the iconic boulevard.
The property is listed with Bernard H Booth Real Estate and has an asking price of $6 million to $6.5 million.
“We bought the property in 1994 but back then, we lived in a Hollywood Art-Deco home that used to sit on this site,” Peter says.
“We started renovating the old house but realised it needed a lot of work so we decided to rebuild instead.
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“We found a style we liked and bought the plans from a builder in Western Australia and had it modified to suit the block.
“It took us five years to get council approval and to get it built but the house was finally finished in 2010.”
Today, the home stands proudly as one of Adelaide’s most ideally positioned beachfront properties on a stretch often referred to as “millionaire’s row”.
Set on a 753sqm block, the home boasts panoramic ocean views across Gulf St Vincent and the stunning grassed promenade from a protected outdoor terrace.
Inside, an open-plan and versatile floorplan, serviced by a lift, will impress.
The living and entertaining areas, with gas fireplaces and vaulted ceilings, are light-filled, expansive and flow out to a sweeping outdoor terrace for all-year-round living excitement.
A white-toned kitchen is both modern and spacious, and offers plenty of room to cook up a storm for family and friends.
Meanwhile, a spacious master with a large walk-in robe and ensuite is set on the upper floor – complete with elevated ocean views and the promenade.
Three more bedrooms are found on the lower level, as is a detached, two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment with potential to be utilised as an Airbnb.
“Because we lived in the old house for so long, we knew exactly what we wanted from this home – and that was to maximise the sea views,” Peter says.
“The house sits on an elevated block, so when you’re upstairs, it feels like you’re eight storeys above the water. It’s like being on a cruise ship.
“The home also has good garaging. There are two separate double garages that let you do a three-point turn in the yard so you don’t have to reverse out of the property and onto a busy street.
“Besides that, the home has a movie theatre with surround-sound system and you have to walk over a grass floor to get there. “There is also a wine cellar that is damp proof, a really great entertainer’s deck with outdoor speakers and a little cottage-style courtyard with a little garden.”
After 25 years in the same location, Peter says it is time to downsize and to let a new family enjoy the treasured home.
“We’re selling because we want to retire and downsize, but also to spend more time with the grandkids and travel. It’s a big house for the two of us,” he says.
“We’ve been very lucky to live here. It’s been fantastic but it’s time for new adventures.”