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Property Here - Monday, September 30, 2013

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 Carramar House on Greenhill Rd has been sold.

Carramar House on Greenhill Rd has been sold.

AN UNLEY heritage group is delighted historic Greenhill Rd mansion Carramar House is set to return to being used as a private residence.

The heritage-listed Federation-era home, which had been used as a mental health clinic until the government decided it was surplus to its needs, sold recently to a private investor following more than a year on the market.

Renewal SA, the government body charged with selling the 4174sq m property on the corner of George St, Parkside, told the Eastern Courier Messenger it understood the buyer intended to restore the building and use it as a home.

Friends of the City of Unley Society (FOCUS) president Ros Islip was pleased the house, named the most “at risk” heritage building in the state by the National Trust last year, would be used as a home.

“FOCUS is thrilled Carramar is going to be restored as a family home, which is what its original use was,” Mrs Islip (pictured) told the Eastern Courier Messenger.

“Carramar’s of historical interest for several reasons.

“It appears to be the last remaining grand residential building on Greenhill Rd opposite the parklands – once there were lots of beautiful homes along there.”

Mrs Islip said the home had social significance as it was owned for a long time by prominent solicitor Sir James Gosse and was the birthplace of Lady Mary Downer, his daughter, who was the mother of former Australian foreign minister Alexander Downer.

Unley state Liberal MP David Pisoni, who has been vocal on the need to preserve the house, said the sale was great news.

“Hopefully it will be restored to its former glory,” Mr Pisoni said.

“Streetscapes, character and heritage are important issues to the vast majority of people living in Unley.”

The proceeds of the sale, believed to be about $3 million, will go to the Health Department.