Written by Sam Gohra
Combining the charm of a 20th century Sea Captain’s creation with the convenience provided by recent restorations, this villa is the archetypal grand seaside home.
Sea Captain James Henry Gibbon constructed this perfect slice of seaside luxury circa 1900, and it is now coming onto the market. The property has a storied history, both recent and distant.
This history has imbued it with both rich heritage, and modern furnishings. Former AFL Port Adelaide football coach Matthew Primus purchased the property in the year 2000, restoring and improving the home for the two years of his stay. Lottery-winner Nick Marinis became the next owner in 2012, and has improved the home for a further four years.
Despite this modern influence, it is not difficult to picture Captain James Gibbon climbing the carved wooden staircase, warming his hands by the marble fireplaces or admiring the bluestone facade. All of these are original pieces of the building he constructed a hundred years ago. The villa represents a perfect marriage of old and new.
The positioning of the property is both idyllic and practical. The owner may choose between views of the city of Adelaide, the hills to the east, or the sea to the west. This property affords excellent visibility of the best views Adelaide can offer.
The villa is also situated in an exclusive area, minutes from the beach and the Semaphore Road retail district, should the owner ever be possessed to leave. Which, given the interiors and exteriors, is unlikely.
This building’s interior boasts two stories, containing six bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a huge family room fitted with a built in bar and kitchenette.
With its proximity to the beach, this property is not in need of a lavish exterior, but it has one anyway. The exterior holds a wide expanse of lawn, solar-heated pool, pavilion and pergola. Undercover parking space and a forecourt allow for four cars total to be parked on the property.
The villa is currently on sale for $2 to $2.1 million, and is being represented by Troy Tindall and Penny Riggs of Klemich Real Estate.
Advertising for the home has yet to begin in earnest, but already there is interest in the property, and there is no question as to whether it deserves it.
Images and floor plan can be viewed here.