Glendalough, North Adelaide

Glendalough, 98 Barnard Street North Adelaide S.A.

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Glendalough, 98 Barnard Street North Adelaide S.A.
Glendalough, 98 Barnard Street North Adelaide S.A.

Glendalough is considered one of the finest examples of Edwardian architecture in North Adelaide.

STATEMENT OF HERITAGE VALUE:


This house is an important example of the type of residences constructed in North Adelaide during the 1890s-1920s, and reflects the design, details and building materials commonly in use at that time. The significant number of stone and brick residences, like this house, constructed between 1890 and 1920 throughout this section of the city, are an important element of the distinctive historic residential character of North Adelaide.


Glendalough is a substantial freestone residence fully renovated to the highest of standards

Historical walking trail through North Adelaide Heritage, #5 on the corner is Glendalough House.
Historical walking trail through North Adelaide Heritage, #5 on the corner is Glendalough House.

 

  • Located in one of Adelaide’s most prestigious locations, this property provides the optimum lifestyle and is situated on an enviable corner allotment of 876 sqm approx.
  • A fixture on the prestigious suburb’s heritage walk, it was built in 1913 for businessman TC Craven at a cost of £1500.
    • TC Craven bought half an acre on the western part of Town Acre 809 and built two houses.
    • This property was built in 1913 by contractor GW Walsh for £1500 and the other house on Hill Street in 1917.
    • This Edwardian period residence displays a full range of typical design elements including a roof clad in Marseilles tiles, rock faced freestone walls with face red brick panels and window/door dressings, window hoods and tall brick chimneys capped with terra cotta chimney pots.
  • But when Theo Maras bought it in 1982, some people considered it an odd choice for a family home.
  • “I saw the house as an opportunity,” says Maras, a high-profile Adelaide property developer and investor.
  • “It had been divided into three units and I thought it was something for me to get my teeth into. I could restore the house in keeping with what was already there.”
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Theo Maras is selling his family home of 35 years in North Adelaide and recalls business chats around the table

  • Keen on the central location but also the stunning jacarandas that were bursting with lavender blooms upon his first visit to Barnard Street, Maras bought the house and set to work on an extension that included a gym, sauna, spa and garage.
  • He insisted it should be in keeping with the original Edwardian architecture, which is characterised by its complex roof form, timber gable details, rock-faced freestone walls with red-brick panels and elaborate window and door dressings.
  • “When we bought the home, people in those days hadn’t really started to get stuck into houses or do them up the way they should be done up… [renovations] weren’t in keeping with the architecture, it just didn’t happen,” says Maras, who is chairman of the Heritage Foundation at the University of Adelaide and whose service to the community has earned him a Member of the Order of Australia.

 

Theo Maras is selling his family home of 35 years in North Adelaide
Theo Maras is selling his family home of 35 years in North Adelaide
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In a bid to preserve the integrity of Glendalough, he sourced original materials such as the imported Marseilles roof tiles and mirrored the original brick work on the extensions. Many visitors have been unable to tell the old from the new in the four-bedroom, three-bathroom home.

  • The landscaped 876sqm corner block sits in a tightly held suburb noted for its central location and long history. The residential area was laid out in 1836 as part of Colonel William Light’s plans for Adelaide, which saw the city centre and North Adelaide grids encircled by parklands.
  • Just up Barnard Street is the green oasis of Wellington Square; Adelaide Oval and the zoo, aquatic centre, golf course and CBD are all within easy access.
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Two years ago, Glendalough’s interiors underwent a nine-month renovation. Neutral colours were introduced to complement the original timber features, leadlight windows and doors of the elegant formal rooms at the front; a state-of the art new kitchen now graces the light-filled informal living and dining area at the rear.

  • “We didn’t want to leave but after 33 years it needed to be refurbished,” says Maras. “After it was done we fell back in love with it and if we weren’t in the house we’re in now we would have moved back. For me it was never a piece of real estate, it was a part of my soul.”
  • Surrounded by parklands, North Adelaide is a tightly held urban precinct with many fine examples of Victorian and Federation homes. Its median house value was $949,438 at the end of June 2017. The City of Adelaide local government area’s median house value was $734,475.
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Business legend sells North Adelaide house, Glendalough
Business legend sells North Adelaide house, Glendalough
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