There’s a reason we’re told not to judge a book by its cover.
Case in point is this stunning riverside house in regional South Australia.
The Woods Point property at 1731 Jervois Rd looks like a classic country homestead from the outside but conceals a completely different style within.
A modern interior with natural materials, including wood and brick, and black accents offers a surprising contrast.
Owners Rosco and Mel Higgins lived in a self-contained shed on the acreage property for years while they built the house.
They retained the original two bedrooms and living room of the property’s original homestead and extended its floorplan up and out to create the two-storey house that stands today.
“I’ve always wanted to build a house like that – I always liked the idea of high ceilings and balustrades,” Mr Higgins said.
“It worked with the old home that was on there too, so it kind of built itself in that way.
“It was in good nick, the old house, it was too nice to get rid of really. They built them well back in the old days.”
A move interstate has prompted the couple to sell the property, which is listed with an $849,000 asking price.
“It was a good place to have people over and party,” Mr Higgins said.
“It will be sad to see it go, the other half is a bit devastated.”
The residence has an open floorplan downstairs with a kitchen, dining room and two living areas taking centre stage.
Upstairs is dedicated to the main bedroom with a retreat and covered balcony overlooking the property’s rugged landscape, while the remaining three bedrooms are downstairs.
The 2.43ha property also has two sheds, one of which includes a self-contained granny flat with a veranda.
Raine & Horne agent Michael Cox, who is selling the property with agency director John DeMichele, said it was a “really unique” property.
“They finished everything beautifully and they haven’t taken any shortcuts on anything,” he said.
Mr Cox said its size and proximity to Murray Bridge, local schools, wineries and Tailem Bend Motorsport Park were attracting prospective buyers.
“With the acreage and location, it’s seen some interest early, which is good,” he said.