It may not quite qualify as the worst house on Adelaide’s best street, but this renovator in an exclusive North Adelaide enclave certainly comes close.
You will find the heritage-listed circa 1890 home at 13 Brougham Court, surrounded by other historic and grand buildings right on the City fringe.
Selling agent Richard Hayward, of Klemich Real Estate, says you can see the spires of St Peters Cathedral from the front veranda and the home is within easy walking distance of North Tce in the CBD.
“It’s one of Adelaide’s premier addresses, especially given the location, which has direct access to the Adelaide Oval — there’s a little pedestrian Ave direct to the oval,” Mr Hayward says.
“It’s also within the cathedral precinct, which is regarded as North Adelaide’s best address. It’s absolutely A1.”
The four-bedroom villa is set on 433sqm and Mr Hayward says it has heritage listing with the local council but that need not stop it from being updated, subject to council consent.
“The rule of thumb (with this listing) is that the facade and side walls have to remain,” he says.
Mr Hayward says the home could be lived in as it is or rented out, but describes it as “tired”.
“It’s liveable and functional — it’s not derelict,” he says.
Several of the walls are painted blue, the kitchen is dated and the Tuscan-style rear extension has something of an early 1990s feel about it.
And yet it has retained much of its original charm, including high ceilings, leadlight detail around the front door, ceiling roses and ornate fireplaces.
One of the rooms has also been given elegant wood panelling, a detail Mr Hayward sees as having particular potential.
“The previous owners did that — I love it,” he says. “You could polish it in mahogany style and have that clubby feel.”
The property — a deceased estate — is being advertised with a $1.1 million price guide and is set to go to auction on Saturday, October 12.
Mr Hayward says it has so far attracted interest from young professionals and people looking to downsize from larger family homes.
“It’s unique in terms of location and potential,” he says. “That’s why we’re taking it to auction — to determine its market value.
“The executers have instructed us to sell it subject to a reserve.”