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FEATURE LISTING: Balhannah retreat hits the market for $3.1m

On the market this week with a price tag from $3.1 million, this Adelaide Hills retreat and hobby farm has been completely transformed by its current owners to suit comfortable contemporary living.

Mark Ker and his partner Harvey Stanton were on the lookout for a new renovation project when they stumbled across this Balhannah hobby farm.

With the property’s central Hills location, the keen renovators could envisage transforming the home to suit contemporary living.

“The house was very usable before but it was just looking tired and needed uplifting – it needed to come into today’s era,” Mark says.

“We’ve done about four properties in the Hills so far ourselves. We quite often do this. We have them for three or four years, we’ll renovate them, and then we sell them.”

Mark, the retired owner of a horse transport company, and Harvey have been living at 276 Junction Road, Balhannah for the past three and a half years.

During this time, they have carried out an extensive renovation of the entire property.

This includes the installation of a new kitchen with top-of-the-line Miele products, repainting the house inside and out, replacing the floors, windows and air conditioning, fencing the property and constructing a large shed.

Set on a massive 14.18 hectares, this single-storey Balhannah villa includes seven bedrooms, four bathrooms and space for up to 25 cars.

The master bedroom, with a walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite, has access to the wraparound verandah, with its sweeping views of the spectacular natural landscape.

The flexible layout also includes a laundry and a bedroom with the potential to be transformed into a study.

Mark says that the new kitchen was one of his top priorities for the renovation.

“The kitchen and the dining room are the hub of the house and that’s the best part of the house,” says Mark.

“The space is so open. All the appliances are top-of-the-line and great to use.”

Another favourite spot for the couple is the dining table near the tennis court.

“We love sitting there in the afternoon. It’s very nice,” says Mark.

“[The garden] was very well landscaped around the tennis court, but we worked on it, put more plants in and changed it around.”

The couple also enjoy running their hobby farm on the property.

“Harvey runs the cattle – he has a few cows – and then I have the horses on the property,” says Mark.

“I do the show horses with my daughter. So, the property is diversifiable for cattle or horses.”

But after three and a half years, Mark says it is now time for them to move on to their next project.

“We’re going to stay in the Hills but go to another project that we want to do,” says Mark.

“If we don’t get into Balhannah, I’ll probably miss the location the most – the location is key.”

The sale of 276, Junction Road, Balhannah is being handled by Belle Ker and Kim Shorland from Harcourts Adelaide Hills, with expressions of interest starting at $3,100,000.