A meticulously built and lovingly maintained Thorngate home has been the site of many happy family gatherings and offers a world of opportunity in the state’s smallest suburb.
Elenitsa Michael bought the Gentleman’s Bungalow in 2003, attracted by its character and location, says son Garry Michael, who is selling the home on her behalf.
“It was a gorgeous character house in a great location and they loved the potential to expand it, which they did,” Mr Michael says.
“This was a complete change of scenery for them. They were living further north and knew the area because we were living in Prospect.
“It’s really tightly held and it only has a few streets lined with character bungalows, villas and Art Deco homes. They weren’t really looking, but when this one came up they went along and inspected it and fell in love with it.
“The bungalow was already huge, and with my father a builder, they made it even more substantial. It’s got quality materials throughout because it was built by a builder who lived in it, so there were no shortcuts anywhere.
“They made sure that all the character features followed through from old to new, but at the same time included all the modern technology they needed and made sure the home was practical and worked for their family.”
The home features four bedrooms and a study – the master suite with a walk-in robe and an ensuite with a shower, a toilet and a vanity unit. One of the minor bedrooms has a built-in robe and another has french doors opening to the rear yard. They are all serviced by a family bathroom with a separate shower and spa, a powder room with toilet, and a laundry which opens to the side yard. A formal lounge sits at the front of the home, opening to a formal dining room via french doors. Both these rooms have fireplaces.
An open-plan kitchen, meals and family area with a feature skylight is the heart of the home – the kitchen complete with a large island bench, quality timber cabinetry, stone benchtops, stainless steel appliances and a walk-in pantry.
Two sets of french doors open from here out to a veranda which leads to a pergola, and two more pergolas sit towards the rear of the yard, overlooking a water feature with fountains, a lawn, an established garden and an aviary.
Mr Michael says the home has been the site of many family get-togethers.
“You could easily host more than 60 people, and that’s just inside – there’s so much space,” he says.
“Being a big Greek family we would have big Easter, Christmas and birthday gatherings. Mum and Dad actually hosted their grandkids there while they were studying and it worked really well.”
The home also has a 4.1m x 9m garage and workshop, a double garage, a single car carport at the front and is surrounded by established gardens.
Mr Michael says the home, while ideal for a family, could also be used as offices or developed into a mixed-use 24-apartment complex, subject to council consents.
“It’s a sanctuary and a resort and even though it’s off the main road, because it’s got double-glazed windows, you don’t hear any noise at all,” he says. “It’s also brilliantly located – you’ve got access to not only Prospect’s shops, cafes, and cinema, but also North Adelaide as well. The schools here are fantastic as well, and it’s zoned for the Adelaide Botanic High School, which is a huge drawcard.”
18 Main North Rd, Thorngate
Contact agent for price
Agent: Ray White Semaphore, Peter Kikianis 0417 834 648 and Nella Kikianis 0408 832 469. Land size: 975sqm. Expressions of interest: Close Friday, July 26 at 11am.