A slice of Port Elliot history is ripe for the taking with the former summer residence of Sir William Jervois offered to the market for the first time in 21 years.
Built in 1864, the 3.5ha estate at 14-30 Waterport Rd was occupied by the former governor of South Australia between 1878 and 1879, after which it was privately owned up until the mid-’90s.
Today, Heathfield House is owned by Gregory Damaskos who bought the property to run as a business, Authenticity Health and Wellness Retreat.
The coastal estate is now for sale with a price guide of $2.3 million to $2.5 million through South Australia Sotheby’s International Realty Adelaide.
The 780sqm, two-storey main residence is entered via a grand neoclassical hallway, and features a large ballroom with open marble fireplace, seven bedrooms with ensuites, a vine-covered courtyard, a commercial grade kitchen, and a resort-style pool with separate pool house.
Sotherby’s Adelaide director Grant Giordano said the estate, which went on the market just before Christmas, had already sparked the interest of a mixed group of buyers.
“Most surprisingly, interest has predominantly developed from retirees looking to retire in a wonderful seaside location,” he said.
“But we expect to see more interest from interstate buyers in the next couple of weeks and already had a number of inquiries.
“We’ve also had varied responses from buyers looking at it to run as a hotel or privately as a holiday home.”
Mr Giordano said properties such as Heathfield House were rare to come by and as such were often regarded as hot property.
“Typically, properties of this magnitude in this area tend to be passed down each generation,” he said. “Therefore, not many estates exist of this proportion.
“Normally, these older period estates have already been converted into some sort of commercial operation or have remained in the one owners hands since the early 1900s.
“So these type of estates are quite rare on the market which is why we had varied interest form buyers.”