299 Strathalbyn Road, or ‘Nanto,’ is a resplendent symmetrical cottage constructed in 1900. It has served as Mylor Riding School, its fields oft thundered by hooves, and housed aircraft in its hangar, though the structure has more grounded uses now. This grand property will make a fantastic home for someone.
An Agapanthus-lined bitumen driveway leads up to this relic of aviation and equestrian. From afar, a prospective owner can see the resplendent building, its ochre frontage hugged by lush greenery. The exterior promises a warmth and luxury that the interior fully realises.
The traditional melds seamlessly with the modern inside the home. In the kitchen, exposed timber beams and recycled jarrah wood are alongside high quality stainless steel appliances. In the living areas, the ornate fireplace warms both authentic mantle and modern furnishings. Traditional architraves and skirting boards line the rooms with an historic element, even in the case of the largely modern spaces, such as the four bedrooms and two bathrooms.
To step back outside, the idyllic setting of Nanto can be appreciated. For the agriculturally-inclined, outstanding facilities support rich pastures hemmed by solid fencing. Nanto still has the space and requirements for horse-riding, and it is not difficult to imagine horses galloping about the grounds once more.
The hangar, no longer home to aircraft, has instead recently been used as a grand, spacious entertaining area. Many parties, and even a wedding, have been hosted in this space. The hanger also has the happy side-effect of acting as a small car park, if need be, bringing Nanto’s total parking capacity to twenty cars.
The property’s strengths extended beyond domestic and social affairs – there are outlets for both expansion and escape. Outbuildings provide opportunities not just for additional storage and accommodation, but further extension, the possibilities including a gym room, workshop areas, and countless others. The Heysen Trail runs along the Eastern boundary of the property, providing an avenue for an owner to immerse themselves in nature at any time they wish.
Nanto, with its connections to the traversal of land and sky, is a significant and historic property, considered a landmark by locals. Whoever comes to own this slice of Mylor will be a very lucky homeowner indeed.
This property is currently on sale for $1.35 to $1.45 million, and is being represented by Josh Biggs and Deborah Wood of of LJ Hooker Stirling.
Images and floor plan can be viewed here.