Old estates for sale

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Category: South Australia


Broadlees, Adelaide Hills
Sold for $2.85 million

Broadlees is a grand 2-storey home located in the Adelaide Hills. The Georgian-style residence with Italian Renaissance influences was designed by architect Walter Bagot and built as the residence of of Eva and Lily Waite.

Eva and Lily were daughters of Peter Waite – the first chairman of Elder, Smith and Co (now agribusiness company Elders). The Waite family previously resided at Urrbrae House (c1891) until Peter’s death in 1922. The sisters donated the house to the University of Adelaide and built Broadlees. Many homes built in the Mount Lofty area at the time were used as summer residences, but the sisters decided to live there all year round. Read the rest of this entry »


Carramar Clinic

Carramar Clinic, Adelaide

SA Health are selling the Carramar Clinic in Parkside, Adelaide. The former Federation home / medical clinic is one of the few remaining grand residences that lined Greenhill Road.

Dating from the 1910s, it was formerly known as St Margaret’s and occupied by James Hay Gosse and his family. Mr. Gosse was the managing director of G&R Wills and Co and was on the board of the Adelaide Steamship Company. He was knighted in 1947. Read the rest of this entry »

Marines Terrace for Sale

The Marines Terraces, Adelaide

A terrace in The Marines – a block of absolute beachfront terrace homes in Adelaide – is for sale by negotiation.

The terraces were designed by architects Bayer and Withall and developed by the Marines Residences Company in 1882-1883. Initially there were plans to build 24 residences, but at a shareholder meeting in 1883 it was decided to limit the number to 8.

The terraces were designed in the grand style of similar terraces found at English seaside resorts, such as Brighton, and were relatively affordable when compared to other marine residences in other marine townships. They were built of coursed random stone, iron roof, and balconies with cast iron balustrades and columns. Each terrace contained eleven rooms, bathroom and a large cellar. Read the rest of this entry »


Benacre, Adelaide

Benacre is a 2-storey bluestone Italianate Victorian mansion in Adelaide. The house was originally a single storey bluestone home built in 1844 by William Bickford. The house was stood proudly on a 16 acre allotment which was purchased from G.F. Shipster’s original estate of 134 acres.

Thomas Graves, a founder of the Glenelg Railway Company, purchased the property in the 1870s and created the home we see today. He added a second story and ornate features, spending eight years completing his dream home.  Read the rest of this entry »

Georgian manor outside Adelaide

The Valleys Estate
$1,800,000 ~ $1,960,000

“The Valleys” is a Georgian manor estate on 36 hectares just east of Adelaide. The two storey stone mansion was built in 1844 for Matthew Smillie.  Mr. Smillie was a legal prosecutor who arrived in 1839 aboard the Indus from Edinburgh, Scotland. He had a grant of 4,000 acres, and donated part of the land to start the town of Nairne, named after his wife Elizabeth’s maiden name. He was not a farmer himself, so he decided to lease tracts of land to farmers. Read the rest of this entry »