Spanish mansions from the 1970s sit just up the road from colonial-style brick beauties.
Then there are house and land packages, a few units, conventional 1960s three-bedroomers and the occasional multimillion-dollar showstopper thrown in.
Welcome to Rostrevor – arguably Adelaide’s most diverse area for housing stock.
Take a look at the suburb on realestate.com.au and you will find everything from a two-bedroom brick unit on Montacute Rd priced from $290,000, to one of Adelaide’s most glamorous homes currently on the market – a $3.15 million luxury property at 10 Liapis Court.
It comes complete with a home theatre, a wine room, a gym, a spa, a sauna and a special feature inground pool.
Nathan Gherghetta of Scarce Real Estate, is selling a five-bedroom 1970s-style mansion on 1500sqm, at 25 Weemala Cres, complete with raked and beamed straw-look ceilings, ceramic tiles, exposed brick walls and window arches.
He says the diversity of housing stock in Rostrevor can largely be explained by the fact the suburb is undergoing a generational change.
A lot of buyers are attracted by the area’s block sizes, which can be significantly larger and cheaper than those found 5km further south, in the prestigious Burnside council area.
Mr Gherghetta says Rostrevor is attracting families, many of whom are keen to knock down older style homes and rebuild, or to undertake renovation projects.
Its geographical location also lends itself to housing diversity, with part of the suburb in the typically suburban-style Campbelltown Council area, and more of it set in an elevated position in the Adelaide Hills council zone, he says.
Mr Gherghetta describes Rostrevor as being on the fringe of the prestigious eastern suburbs and says it offers savvy buyers relative bargains.
Priced at $800,000 to $880,000 the Weemala Cres home he is selling would be worth $1.5 to $1.6 million if it was located 6-odd km further south, in Stonyfell or Wattle Park, he says.
Mark Bressington of Ouwens Casserly Real Estate, who is selling a near-new, ultra-modern luxury home at 4 Bonvue Rd, agrees the foothills suburb offers both diversity and “bang for your buck”.
“You get a lot of people coming over from the eastern suburbs – from areas like Rosslyn Park – because of the change in price for the difference of 5km – not even that,” Mr Bressington says.
“It’s eastern suburbs spread.”
The high-end property he is selling is set on 697sqm and comes with a $1.149 million to $1.249 million price-tag. It offers five bedrooms including a master suite with a standout ensuite and its own retreat. Other luxury touches include a stylish alfresco with a gas fire and outdoor kitchen, and a tiled entrance space with a feature staircase.
“It’s actually gorgeous. You couldn’t buy the basics to replace it (for the price). It’s very tastefully done. I’ve had a lot of expats looking at it,” he says.
Mr Bressington says Rostrevor is still home to a number of older residents who built in the area decades ago.
“It’s a very nice community area,” he says.
“You’re close to parks and shops and restaurants.
“Noone goes there unless they live there (but) people are spending a lot of money on building up there- it’s very much a sign that the area is up and coming.”