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Ahead of its time when it was built 50 years ago, a striking Burnside property still has the wow factor.

The commanding house at 2 Hubbe Court was inspired by the designs of renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and when it was commissioned by prominent Adelaide businessman Jack Weinert in 1970, no expense was spared.

The result was an ultra-luxe, spacious, three-bedroom home with multiple living areas and a commanding facade crafted from Wistow stone, that has stood the test of time.

For the past 40 years, the home, which is set on a 1750sqm block in a quiet, leafy, cul-de-sac with a creek, has been enjoyed by artist Lauri Tuominen and his wife Christine, who raised their three, now-adult, children in it.

“At the time I was looking for a place that had a decent garage for a studio,” Mr Tuominen says.

“The stonework, the superb craftsmanship of the Wistow stone and the botanical setting stood out to us. The open space inside and out has been the key factor.”

Mr Tuominen, who is making a river-change with his wife, says he is “very sad” to be selling the home, which is prominent in the area.

“It’s been an influential home,” he says.

“The stonework I doubt very much could be repeated because you’d have to find a stonemason with incredible experience. It’s a unique home, there’s nothing like it anywhere and I’ve never seen a house with the enormous amount of stonework in there. It would be cost prohibitive to do it again.”


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So ahead of its time was the design that Mr Tuominen hasn’t had to change the layout of the floorplan, which still suits a modern-day family, but rather only renovated the home’s decor to bring it to current standards.

“The inside has been updated, we changed all the old-fashioned features, it had dark timber features, which we lightened, replaced the kitchen,” he says.

“But we haven’t touched the layout, only removed some louvre doors we thought were interfering with the space and in doing so we just opened it up further.”

The home has three bedrooms, all of which have ensuites. The master also has a large walk-in robe while the others have built-ins.

There are formal lounge and dining rooms, a family room with a built-in bar and large glass doors leading to a huge alfresco entertainment space, a living room, a study, and a large eat-in kitchen with stone benchtops and stainless steel Miele appliances.

“The view from our family room, it’s like being in the Botanic Gardens, in fact the trees are as old as those in the Botanic Gardens,” Mr Tuominen says.

Outside are expansive lawned areas, a sports court and a three-car garage.

“It’s been a wonderful family home,” Mr Tuominen says.

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