• Jon Ruwolt

Fancy a Queen Anne renovation?

Updated: Aug 12, 2019

In both Victoria and South Australia two desirable double-storey properties have been listed for sale. Four bedrooms on a large block in Malvern, Victoria, and a ten bedroom mansion in Aldgate, South Australia.

92 Finch Street  Malvern East, Vic 3145

Above: Werai, 92 Finch Street Malvern East, Vic 3145

Below: Wairoa, 160 Mount Barker RoadAldgate SA 5154

Wairoa, 160 Mount Barker Road Aldgate SA 5154

Hannah Scholte in the Community Leader of 02 NOV 2018 reports that the 1890 Malvern East property Werai was transformed from a near-derelict house to a grand "mansion" (although it has only four bedrooms) and has been languishing in the market this year until a change of sales agents.

The extensively restored circa-1890 house at 92 Finch St is on the market with a price guide of $9.1 million-$10 million although propertyvalue.com.au estimates the range as $6,775,000 - $9,249,999.

Kay & Burton managing director Ross Savas said the “landmark property” known as Werai was previously “borderline derelict, with few original features remaining”.

The property was revived through a five-year restoration and extension to reinstate its period grandeur, which has been awarded by the Building Designers Association of Victoria (BDAV).

This property is in the Gascoigne Estate and has a local heritage overlay. Buyers who have not heard of the Gascoigne Estate, and are in the market for a trophy home, should take note. It’s a pocket of Malvern East that is coveted for its trademark grand real estate, mostly of Federation era.

At Aldgate, in the Adelaide Hills, sits Wairoa. This heritage-listed Aldgate mansion surrounded by historic gardens is on the market for the first time since 1972. Once the Barr Smith family’s “summer home”, the grand property at 160 Mt Barker Road later became the site of the Marbury School. up until 2004.

The property is currently owned by two couples, Richard and Wendy Bray, and Ian and Kirsty Dodd, who live in other adjacent houses – there are seven houses all up, one of which was sold off to the current Montessori school.