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football legend sells aldgate home

Written by The ReReport

Former Port Adelaide CEO Brian Cunningham and his wife Annette in the Aldgate home they are selling. Picture: Tricia Watkinson

He’s achieved South Australian football legend status, and now former Port Adelaide Football Club chief executive officer Brian Cunningham is hoping for another win when he sells his Aldgate home.
Mr Cunningham, 66, and his wife Annette, 60, bought the 60 Aldgate Valley Rd, Aldgate home they are selling through Ouwens Casserly Real Estate back in 2000 after previously living just behind Alberton Oval at Cheltenham.

60 Aldgate Valley Road, Aldgate.

“We had been in Cheltenham for 10 years and really loved it there, but because we were so close to the club I became the first point of call for any activity there after hours – if the alarm went off I’d get the call and would go and check it out, and that was fine, but we were looking for a change,” Mr Cunningham said.
“Moving to the Hills was the best decision we ever made, in terms of lifestyle.
“It’s like going to a holiday house – once you get on the freeway and go through the tunnels it’s a different world.

60 Aldgate Valley Road, Aldgate.

The home is set over two levels and features four bedrooms, three bathrooms, soaring cathedral ceilings and quality fixtures and fittings throughout, including a 120-year-old recycled timber staircase and a century-old hand carved beam from the Echuca wharf supporting the roof.
“The architect, designer and builder worked in all these interesting elements,” Mr Cunningham said.

60 Aldgate Valley Road, Aldgate.

“The front door is from a church on the Yorke Peninsula.


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“I’m good in some areas, but credit where credit’s due, the interior style is really Annette’s gift – she’s by far and away the champion of that.
“I can take some credit for the garden.”
The home is set on 1.556ha of landscaped gardens and has ponds, a tennis court, lawn areas, gazebos and a rambling creek.

Former Port Adelaide CEO selling his homeFormer Port Adelaide CEO Brian Cunningham and his wife Annette are selling their Aldgate home. Picture: Tricia Watkinson

“There’s plenty of room to kick a footy, and the kids and the grandchildren – we all get out and have a kick occasionally,” Mr Cunningham said.
“I’m not nearly as good, but it’s like riding a bike, you never forget it.”
Mr Cunningham was the club’s CEO between 1992 and 2004. He played 256 games for Port between 1971 and 1983, is a PAFC and AFL life member, and an SANFL Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Mr Cunningham, who sits on five boards, consults and works as a private coach, said the couple are now looking to downsize to a smaller home they are building about 1km away.
“It will be sad to say goodbye because it’s been a great house and we’ve been very happy here, but at the same time we’re moving on to the next stage of our lives and looking to travel a bit more and to have something smaller just makes sense,” Mr Cunningham said.

60 Aldgate Valley Road, Aldgate.

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