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Property Here - Wednesday, July 10, 2013

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Home is a barn fine thing

The home's kitchen was the original barn. Picture: Supplied. Source: Supplied

A HOME that was once a barn needs a new owner to enjoy its rich history.

The historic nature of a 175-year-old property in Fullarton in Adelaide is ideal for someone who loves original features, vendor Jill Francis says.

"We were attracted to the original features, it has got beautiful, deep cedar architraves and window frames, the fireplaces are the original cedar fireplaces,'' she says.

"Also, the aspect was part of the appeal, it has public space on either side so there are no direct neighbours even though it is only five minutes to the city. It is quite rural in its own way, on one side there is a community garden.''

Originally built around 1840, the home has five bedrooms, all double-size and four of them have working fireplaces.

"We have recently renovated it really sensitively to its original appearance,'' Ms Francis says.

"The stonework has been re-pointed, the original tessellated tiles have been re-laid and all of the lacework has been carefully restored.''

The kitchen is towards the back of the home, and it features a brick floor, a gas stove and a ceiling fan.

"The kitchen was the original barn, which is the oldest stone building in the City of Unley,'' she says.

"It was a barn that replaced the first timber building, you can see the original barn windows in that room.

"There is a large cupboard in the room that will stay with the building, it was made by the furniture artist Khai Liew with the wood from the barn loft, as were the rest of the kitchen fittings.'' Adjacent the kitchen is a living room, which also has a fireplace and a paved brick floor. One of the bathrooms, located near the bedrooms, has a shower and a toilet and the second bathroom, at the back of the home, has a bath and a shower.

"The five bedrooms are all of a substantial size and one of the bathrooms is the same size as the bedrooms,'' Ms Francis says.

"It probably would have been one of the bedrooms originally.''

There is also a dining room in the middle of the home with a cellar underneath.

Ms Francis, who is selling the house to move to the country, says the historic nature of the house is one of its real highlights.

Set on 1,239sq m, the property has a number of large trees and a garage with a roller door in the backyard, and is located close to Unley Oval.


Address: 16 Fern Ave.

Agent: Harcourts Magill, ph 8364 6333, Ross Wilson 0418 822 833.

Type: C. 1840 stone cottage.

Bedrooms: Five bedrooms, four feature fireplaces.

Open: 1pm to 1.45pm Saturday and Sunday.

Auction: 11.30am on Saturday, July 13.

Price guide: $1.15 million.

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