An Aldgate home offers the perfect escape from city life and is a sanctuary in the heart of the Adelaide Hills.
Bill Gent and Shirley Mathers bought the home 30 years ago, with Mr Gent saying it really was a case of love at first sight.
“We went up to the Hills for a coffee and in the window of the real estate agency up here was an ad for a property that said ‘To the manor born’,” Mr Gent says.
“We thought it looked nice but were told it had been withdrawn an hour before we inquired. The vendor didn’t want to sell it but I wanted to buy it. There was no address on the advertisement, so we drove around until we found it. They didn’t want to sell and wouldn’t talk to me, but I persisted over several weeks and eventually they said “yes” and we’ve loved it ever since.”
Mr Gent says the home’s stately appearance and leafy surroundings proved a large part of its appeal.
“We used to go back to the UK every year and spend three weeks driving around villages in England and Scotland and this one would fit in there perfectly, and that’s really what hooked us and made us fall in love with it,” he says.
“It’s a gorgeous location, and unlike most of the other blocks in the area, this one is largely flat.
“There was nothing here when we bought it, so we’ve done all the gardens, planted every tree on the property and have been constantly decorating it since we bought it.”
The home has four bedrooms – three of these and a rumpus room sit on the upper level – and light-filled living and entertainment areas, including a living room with a bay window, an open-plan family and dining room, and a sunroom sit on the lower level.
Two of the bedrooms upstairs have been set up as offices, making the home ideal for a family, Mr Gent says, with the lower level ideal for entertaining perfect family and friends.
“It’s wonderful – we have lots of parties and had one here where we had 70 people, and kids love exploring the gardens,” he says.
“We’ve lived in some incredible homes throughout our lives and they have all been easy to leave, but none of them have been this place.”
3 Sharon Court, Aldgate
Price: Contact agent.
Agent: Harris Real Estate, Josh Biggs 0407 604 041, Jack Hodgson 0423 029 621.
Land size: 1996sqm.
Features: Landscaped gardens, indoor and outdoor entertainment spaces, flat block, two home offices.