Friday, February 10th, 2012
Talk about a once in a lifetime opportunity; this spectacular residence eludes sophistication, grandeur and immense character. ‘Benacre’ – a Heritage Listed mansion – has exploded into the real estate market, attracting an abundance of local and national interest.

On rare occasions a true South Australian iconic property becomes available for purchase. Benacre, a mansion in Adelaide's prestigious eastern suburb of Glen Osmond, is one such property. Meticulously restored, Benacre will undoubtedly meet the needs of the most discerning modern buyer. Benacre is without a qualm one of the finest homes to grace South Australia.

This two storey bluestone Italianette Victorian Mansion, with its sweeping verandahs, Corinthian porch, heavy parapet and elaborate urns, is heritage listed as much for its historical importance to the state as for the beautiful building itself.

Built c1870, this historic residence boasts approximately 1,000 sq. metres of luxurious living and is set on a large estate of 6,670 sq. metres, including an impressive five car garage and the original workers' quarters. Its original high Victorian features have been lovingly and authentically restored resulting in impeccable and magnificent grand formal rooms seamlessly integrated with a light filled extension providing a modern living and entertainment area. This, and the adjacent gourmet kitchen look onto a stunning salt water heated pool, pavilions and outdoor entertainment area.

A beautifully proportioned entrance hall with parquetry floors, hand painted friezes, glorious gilt cornices, and an imposing iron and mahogany staircase between tall Corinthian columns leading up to the landing with central arched etched glass window provide a grand entry to Benacre. The chandelier hangs from a ceiling rose believed to be cast from plants from the original farm. Breathtaking original features continue throughout the opulent dining room and breakfast room to the left of the entry. Here the ceilings reach to 4.5m in height, this huge area can be divided by large sliding doors with original hand grained woodwork.

Of equal proportions, to the right of the entry, the drawing and sitting rooms feature a bay window with pelmet finished with gold leaf. Of note is the beautiful marble and a hand painted tile fireplace, one of the many outstanding examples of granite and marble fireplaces which feature throughout the home, one being from a piece of fossilised stone. The home features a library and fully fitted billiard room where old and new are integrated for optimum leisure and entertainment. Upstairs bedrooms are symmetrically balanced and also have attached bathrooms/ensuite. The master bedroom suite is configured as a private wing with ensuite and dressing room.

Passionately renovated with no expense spared, Benacre is a unique generational opportunity for the most discerning buyer to secure not only a South Australian heritage icon, but also one of the finest properties on offer in the State.

For Sale By Tender Closing: Thursday 23rd February 12noon

Inspection by appointment only. Please call Lew Toop on 0419 888 893 or Anthony Toop on 0418 824 188.

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South Australia’s largest independent residential real estate agency and the most highly awarded in the nation was founded by Anthony Toop. It has become a national icon in marketing and selling in the residential real estate industry having won National Real Estate Agency of the Year in 2007 and is the only real estate agency in the industry’s REISA Hall of Fame. Toop&Toop is also the only real estate agency in the Family Business Association Hall of Fame as an iconic business in South Australia. Founded by Anthony in 1985 has won virtually every major state and national business award since 1993 - and has received recognition both nationally and internationally for achievements in business excellence. In April 2009 Anthony was recognized nationally by the Real Estate Institute of Australia by receiving the nations “Community Service Award” for work done with charities and with the Community. He also received the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) Long Life Leadership regional recognition in December 2008 the “Legacy Honour 2008”.

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