The family behind an Adelaide Hills housing estate and real estate company is this week selling a final piece of a family legacy: a five-bedroom country homestead with a renovated two-storey barn on more than 6400sqm of idyllic landscaped grounds.
Siblings Michael, Maddy and Sam Nitschke grew up at 10 Spring Park Drive, Littlehampton, which has been in their family’s name since it was built in 1895.
The siblings have decided to sell the home, three years after their father David Nitschke died at just 57 after living with bowel cancer for three years.
David and his father Keith Nitschke were farmers who began subdividing Spring Park Farm from the mid-1990s, while Keith continued to live in the farm’s homestead.
David was well-known by local residents for driving his tractor around the subdivision as he and Keith hand-planted many of the trees in the neighbourhood.
In 2000, David and his wife Karen founded Nitschke Real Estate — of which Michael is today managing director.
Michael, 33, says the sale is bittersweet for the three siblings who have fond childhood memories of growing up on the property.
“My earliest memories are from when my grandfather Keith was living at the property,” says Michael.
“Keith was a farmer. When the zoning changed he looked to develop the land as a joint venture with other family members including my late father.
“After Keith passed away, we moved into the property and I remember helping renovate the homestead with my parents, particularly helping my mum peel the old wallpaper off the walls.
“The property had lots of established trees so my brother Sam and I were often building cubby houses and tree houses. As young kids, we camped with Dad in the paddocks surrounding the property.
“My sister Maddy would rear cows with Dad and we’d ride around on the tractor and dirt bikes.”
David was a car enthusiast and a former president of the Corvette Club of South Australia. He would often spend his nights working on his classic cars in the large workshop and mechanic’s pit.
While most of the property is beautifully landscaped, the rear third still has the feel of the old farm, with a rainwater tank, the original shearing shed and plenty of open space.
The property also features a floodlit basketball and tennis court, underground cellar, wrap-around verandahs, paved al fresco area and stone walls with exposed timber beams.
The gorgeous two-storey stone barn has been transformed into self-contained accommodation, which Michael lived in for several years during his 20s.
Michael, his wife Kat and their first daughter continued to live in the barn while they built a new home in the nearby Spring Park Farm estate.
“The property was very dear to our dad,” says Michael.
“After he and mum separated, he continued to completely renovate the whole house and it’s never looked so good.
“There’s a beautiful lawn and landscaped garden that he had professionally designed.
“His vision was to be able to sit on the chair under the front verandah and watch his grandchildren play as they grew up; enjoying life and watching the kids run around.
“Unfortunately, he lost a three-year battle with bowel cancer three years ago.
“We didn’t want to rush into a decision to sell. You can’t unsell a house once it’s sold, so we wanted to be really, really sure that that this the right decision for us.
“In some ways, we feel like there’s an obligation to continue the legacy of our family but, at the same time, the house has never looked as good as it does today which is a great credit to Dad.
“We love the house dearly, but we feel that we’re going in a different direction with where we’re living, so it’s the right time to sell up.
“It’s the right time for a new owner to start a new chapter and create a new legacy.”
The sale is being handled by Michael Nitschke of Nitschke Real Estate.