Past presence popular with SA homebuyers


THE Hills are alive, real estate agents say, as some of the state’s most spectacular character homes hit the market.

According to, there are a number of grand Hills homes on the market, many with rich histories and strong connections to our state’s early settlers.

Harcourts Williams agent Dee-Anne Hunt says Hills character homes were always popular, with a range of buyers.

“Who doesn’t fall in love with character – I think we all admire the quality of the old workmanship and the craftsmanship that went into building them,” she said.

“Often they’re on beautiful pieces of land with established gardens and you just don’t get that in a modern home.

“They’re enormously popular with interstate buyers, overseas househunters and expats who have that desire to come back to South Australia.

Mrs Hunt said historic Hills homes were tightly held and sell well at any time of the year.

“Many of these homes are held for a long time, and that reflects how much people love living in them – one I’ve got for sale now was owned by the one family for four generations and it’s only the second time it’s come on the market,” she said.

“A good house will sell no matter what the season – there’s never a bad time to put a historic home on the market.”

Ouwens Casserly Real Estate agent Dale Gray said Hills character homes offered great value for money and carried a strong sense of prestige.

“All of the old historic homes always attract good attention, as they do on the plains, but you get a much better bang for your buck up here,” Mrs Gray said.

“Back in the early days of the state the English aristocracy built their summer houses up here because it was too oppressively hot down on the plains for them, and they built some incredible homes.


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“Any home with a sense of history, being such a young country, it does carry an element of prestige with it and it’s rare to find homes like that, especially ones in as good a condition as the ones hitting the market at the moment.”

Dr Anne Howles is selling the 1890-built former Aldgate Boarding House ‘Coolooli’ at 14 Fenchurch Rd she bought in 1992, and said living in an older home was a special experience.

“You sort of feel the history in the walls, I think,” she said.

“It’s been interesting learning the history of the home, and the Hills are very special.”

A taste of grandeur:

“Warrakilla”, 762 Strathalbyn Rd, Mylor: 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, shed with room for 64 cars, 18.62ha. Built in 1842, it was owned by former surveyor-general George Goyder.

“Coolooli”, 14 Fenchurch Rd, Aldgate: 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 parking spaces, 1283sqm. Built in 1880, it is the original Aldgate Boarding House. Has been given an extension by renowned architect Pauline Hurren.

“Wairoa”, 160 Mount Barker Rd, Aldgate: 10 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 4.52ha. Built in the late 1880s for pastoralist and miner William Austin Horn, the Victorian estate was also owned by the Barr-Smith family and later used as progressive school Marbury from 1972 to 2004.

16 The Crescent, Crafers: 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 5 parking spaces. A grand bluestone home on a 10,096sqm allotment with a pool, a tennis court, a lake and surrounded by botanic gardens-like grounds.

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