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historic villa smashes suburb record in marden

Written by The ReReport

68 Battams Rd, Marden has sold for $5.3 million.

A 133-year-old villa in Marden can officially claim to be one of Adelaide’s most expensive homes, following its record-breaking sale last month.
According to CoreLogic, the six-bedroom home at 68 Battams Rd sold for $5.3 million – $3.55 million more than its previous sale price just four years ago.
It is the highest residential sale recorded for the Norwood, Payneham & St Peters Council region, eclipsing the previous record holder 1 College St, College Park, by $300,000. The property sold in 2011 for $5 million.
It is unknown whether the property sold privately or through an agency.


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68 Battams Rd, Marden

Real Estate Institute of South Australia president Brett Roenfeldt said the sale marked a new era for Adelaide.
“For it to have moved that much in price, there would have been some significant money invested into the property by way of renovation,” he said.
“It’s a rare price tag to achieve for Adelaide at the moment but one I think we’ll see more of in the future.
“What we are going to see is more properties of this calibre achieving sales results in the $4 million or $5 million or beyond.
“The way I’m seeing it, these type of sales paint a good picture of the Adelaide market and will help us continue to grow.”

68 Battams Rd, Marden

Designed by renowned architects Bayer and Withall – the firm responsible for Estcourt House in Grange and the Largs Bay Pier Hotel – Korra Weera, as the property is more commonly known, was completed in 1885.
A wide variety of fruit, vegetables, nuts and flowers were grown on the then 7ha property and sold at the East End markets.

68 Battams Rd, Marden

During that time, John F Pascoe – the property’s original owner – bought an old ship to salvage for building materials. The roof on the home’s tower is thought to have come from the hull.
Hotelier Thomas Forman and solicitor Bayfield Moulden were the subsequent owners, with Mr Moulden planting citrus and peach trees.

68 Battams Rd, Marden

The land was subdivided numerous times and the house now sits on about 3500sqm of the original grounds.
The expansive house is laden with character features including high ceilings, heritage fireplaces, decorative cornices and etched glass at the main entrance.

68 Battams Rd, Marden

The villa also boasts several large rooms that can be configured to suit any buyer, comfortably housing six or more bedrooms and multiple living areas.
It also features a tower with views to the Adelaide Hills and an inground pool.

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