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As seen in the Source link, written by realestate.com.au on 2019-12-01 19:30:00

Caleb and Brooke Wheatley with sons Oakley, 4, and Arlo, 3, purchased Hamilton Lodge which has been in the same family for 127 years. Picture: Brad Fleet.

Constructed in the late 1890s by pioneering South Australian colonist Edward Bates Scott, Hamilton Lodge boasts a rich history within the township of Currency Creek.

A renowned explorer, Mr Scott was known for his expeditions and surveys along the Murray and Murrumbidgee – sharing journeys with the likes of George Hamilton and John Eyre.

As part of his retirement plan, Mr Scott built the stone homestead and named it ‘Hamilton Lodge’ as an ode to his friendship with George Hamilton.

After 127 years of being passed down four generations of Scott family lineage, 41 O’Halloran St sold for $385,000 to its second owners last month, in a circumstance that can only be described as fate.

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41 O’Halloran St, Currency Creek

41 O’Halloran St, Currency Creek

After spending the past year travelling around Australia with their two sons in a caravan, Brooke and Caleb Wheatley hadn’t planned on buying a property.

However, the couple fell head over heels for the unique four-bedroom listing, located just over an hour’s drive from Adelaide.

“I had a small building business that I shut down so we could travel around Australia,” Mr Wheatley said.

“We came back for a friend’s wedding and didn’t expect to purchase a property.

“But, my wife is pregnant so we looked at some while we were here and this one just captured our hearts – it just reached out and grabbed us.”

41 O’Halloran St, Currency Creek

127 year old property sells to second owner

Caleb and Brooke Wheatley, with sons Oakley, 4, and Arlo, 3. Picture: Brad Fleet

Mr Wheatley said it had always been his dream to renovate an old cottage and they planned to restore it themselves, living in their caravan through the major renovations.

“It’s all a bit surreal,” he said.

“I’ve done a lot of renovations to old homes, so I’m excited that it’s our chance to do something to a property that’s so old.

“But at the same time we’re also a bit scared thinking ‘what have we done.”

Selling agent Nathan Fry said Hamilton Lodge attracted a huge amount of interest, however it was clear the Wheatley family were the perfect fit.

“We had 80 inquiries and 40 groups attend the property,” he said.

“Multiple offers were received, however the owners met Brooke and Caleb at an inspection and we could tell that we’d found the next family to take over the property.”

Mr Fry said although the market was relatively small in Currency Creek, there was a strong demand for character homes among buyers.

“It’s a really good lifestyle opportunity,” he said.

“It’s definitely an affordable option for someone and if you can do the work yourself, you’ll reap the rewards for it.”

Vendors Josie and Peter Scott said it was a sad goodbye, but were thrilled to see a young family take over the reigns.

41 O’Halloran St, Currency Creek

41 O’Halloran St, Currency Creek

“It is sad to see the end of an era,” Mrs Scott said.

“However, we’re thrilled that the people who have bought it are really excited and looking at making their own tradition there.

“A home is always ever a home when there’s a family in it.”

The home featured four bedrooms, a lounge room, a kitchen and dining room, two store rooms and two external sheds.

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