a stunner perfect as is or ripe for renovation

An Aldgate home offers a peaceful escape from working life just a short walk from the very best the Adelaide Hills has to offer.

Catrina Orr’s mother Betty Melville bought the home in 1981, and has since transformed its surrounds into a tranquil wonderland.


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“Mum’s a very artistic lady and loves its privacy and its ability to be a canvas for her to put so much artwork and floristry in there,” Ms Orr says. “She was a florist herself and really loved the arts. She would have a twig fall from a tree in the garden and make an arrangement around it, because she loved its mossiness or whatever. She really loved that garden, and a lot of it she planted herself.”

The home has three bedrooms, a central kitchen and numerous indoor and outdoor entertainment areas. Perfectly liveable and enjoyable as is, it offers scope for further renovation.

“It’s a big family home, but it was only ever lived in by two people,” Ms Orr says. “It would be perfect for a large family, and, having two distinct ends, it would be perfect for an Airbnb, or if you were to renovate it, you could update one half while you live in the other and vice-versa. Both ends are so disconnected from each other.

The original part of the home is an 1800s cottage – the walls are over a foot thick, and then the rest was added around it.”

Ms Orr says the home is a great entertainer and handles a crowd with ease.

“Where the dry stone wall is, just outside the kitchen, we would put trestle tables all the way down like an Italian alfresco lunch and have 20 people around the table,” she says.

With the home now too much for Mrs Melville to look after, the time has come to sell.

“It will be really sad to say goodbye to it because it’s just been so loved by all of us, but what do you do?” Ms Orr says. “She’s lived in it alone and maintained these big beautiful gardens by herself for many years now. I’d like to see a family in it, it really suits a family. The location is great too. I had a couple of girlfriends that wanted to see what it looked like and we parked there, walked down to Aldgate and then walked to Mylor and back and then had something to eat at Fred’s Eatery – it’s such a lovely location.”

17 Edgeware Rd, Aldgate

Contact agent for price

Agent: Harcourts Adelaide Hills, Sam Oborn 0415 173 133.

Land size: 2030sqm.

Offers: Close Wednesday, September 2 at 5pm.

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