It boasts unique mid-century architecture and a rich family history, but now Beaumont’s iconic Symons House could be yours.
Originally built in the late 1970s, 14 Bonython Ave has been lovingly maintained by the one family for almost 50 years.
Vendor Geraldine Symons said the one-of-a-kind residence had been inspired by overseas travels and was designed by prominent architect Brent Blanks, of firm Caradoc Ashton, Fisher, Woodhead and Partners.
“When my husband and I were living in London, we’d seen all the churches, farmhouses and barns, and thought wouldn’t it be lovely to build something similar when we return to Adelaide,” she said.
“It’s something we’d always loved, but back then it was more economical to build than renovate.
“We were fortunate enough to have an architect friend that could design a residence for us.”
Ms Symons said the open-plan living area was “essentially three stories high” and was a treasured space for family festivities.
“I’ve never seen such height in an open-plan house,” she said.
“A lot of the neighbours referred to it as the grand hall when it was being built.
“Christmas was very special. Being in such a tall, lofty area we could always get the biggest tree and the children loved decorating it – it looked spectacular.”
The three level home features a library on the ground level, leading up to a living area and a master suite on the lower level – with external access to two cellars.
The third level of the home has a dining room, a meticulous kitchen, a living room, two bedrooms, a family bathroom, a laundry and access to an outdoor entertaining area.
Ms Symon’s son, Stuart Symons, has many fond memories in the family residence.
“My sister and I grew up there, there’s a really fantastic cellar that started off small and over the years dad and I dug it out and extended it further,” he said.
“It’s almost another entertaining area down there, with a large wine cellar and locked storage.”
Mr Symons, founder and historian of Modernist Adelaide tours and events, said mid-century homes were becoming increasingly popular with buyers seeking quality time capsules.
“The interest in it is definitely only increasing,” he said.
“Mid-century homes are from an era of good design. (These) houses have fantastic natural light and ventilation, a lot of them don’t have airconditioning because of the gully breezes.
“So you end up with these very liveable spaces that are really lovely to be in and respond well to the environment.”
Located near Waterfall Gully, Mr Symons said Beaumont was a hotspot for modernist residences and had been a much loved setting during his childhood.
“It was a fantastic place to grow up,” he said.
“Dad made me a billy kart, so we used to go down the hill – it was great as a young person.”
Beaumont has a median house price of $872,500, experiencing a 16.3 per cent growth over the past five years, according to CoreLogic.