There’s something decidedly fishy about Carol and Jim Mayger’s kitchen – and it’s a feature that’s been delighting family and friends since the couple moved into their Glandore home a little more than a decade ago.
Among a host of kitchen highlights – such as original 1930s purple retro cupboards, glass benchtops, mirrored splashbacks, European appliances, and a walk-in pantry – the real curiosity is its aquarium-based island bench.
“Everybody who comes in comments on it … and our grandchildren just loved the fish as they were growing up,” Carol says of the unique feature, fitted by the previous owners. “We’ve enjoyed it – it’s been relaxing to sit and watch them. And it’s fairly low-maintenance.”
The aquarium is just one of the quirkier elements of the character-filled Clark Avenue home – which is complete with a glorious garden – the downsizing couple will miss when they leave.
“We moved into the home just over 10 years ago, and we’ve absolutely loved it,” Carol says. “It’s a home with a soul, it’s a house that keeps on giving – there are so many aspects to it.”
The classic Tudor home offers a blend of period charm and modern convenience, with the previous owners undertaking a seamless two-storey extension to the rear of the property.
The front of the home offers two spacious bedrooms, a formal lounge room, dining room and an updated bathroom.
Original features include etched glass windows, glazed brick fireplaces and original art deco light fittings, red pine doors and picture rails.
The home flows from old to new with the rear of the property capturing all the character features. Tasmanian oak flooring stretches past the staircase through to the open-plan living, kitchen and dining zone, which in turn opens to the tranquil rear garden.
An ideal place to relax with family or friends, the garden features the remnants of an old Glandore bakehouse, converted into an outdoor entertaining area.
The luxurious master suite boasts a stunning fireplace, ornate ceiling, oak flooring, walk-in robe and ensuite – complete with a claw-foot bath raised on a platform and framed with a large stained-glass window and dome ceiling.
Upstairs is a versatile light-filled 70sqm open space which could be used as a teenage retreat, guest suite, third living area, fourth bedroom or huge home office.
A huge workable laundry with side access, fully automated blinds and in-floor power points to the open-plan living, enough off street parking for four vehicles, an outdoor sink with hot and cold water, a large shed with power and lighting, and a garden shed are other features.
Carol said the home had immediately appealed when she and Jim were looking to move from the Fleurieu Peninsula a decade ago.
“I have an eclectic mix of older furniture from about three generations and I just felt this house felt right … it had a soul and I knew all my things would just work,” she says.
“We believe it was built as a spec home in 1933. We’re the third owners, and I actually knew the original owners – they were my grandparents’ friends – although we didn’t know that when we bought the home.
“This has been a lovely home to enjoy with our family and young grandchildren while they’ve been growing up, and with our many friends who come here and just love it – they keep telling us how lucky we are.”
She says they have been conscious of maintaining the property “to a very high standard”, while the installation of a 5kWsolar system has significantly reduced power costs.
Life in Glandore – ideally located midway between the city and the beach – is also “a great pleasure”, Carol says. The property is a short stroll to tram, train and bus services and 50m from the beautiful parks, grounds and facilities of the Glandore Community Centre.
“Glandore is very central to everywhere you want to go – it’s just a few minutes to the city and it’s only a few minutes more to Glenelg,” she says.
“It’s a quiet neighbourhood – you just wake up to the birds in the morning and it’s a peaceful, safe environment. Glandore’s been wonderful to live in from that regard.
“We’re very, very sad to leave, but as we’re getting older we definitely need to downsize. It’s a hard decision but we’re now ready for somebody else to enjoy the beautiful home and garden.”
27 Clark Avenue, Glandore
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Agent: Harcourts Packham, Paul Mayger 0428 125 770. Land: 756sqm. Open: Contact agent.