In 2018, Dinah and Jezac Crowe were house-hunting. With three young sons, they had outgrown their Camden Park home and were looking for something to accommodate their active family.
It was not going to be easy to find a replacement – the couple were moving out of their family home that had been in Jezac’s family for five generations.
During a stay in New York, while travelling for work, the couple stumbled across the property at 57 Moseley Street, Glenelg South when checking listings online and knew immediately that they were onto something.
“We were instantly attracted to the size of the land which would be ideal for our boys and were in awe of the home’s character – we know and love art deco, and how timeless and well-built the homes are,” Dinah says.
The family purchased the 1934-built six-bedroom, three-bathroom home and became its fourth custodian.
“With its rich history, you could feel how many memories had been created here,” Dinah says. “It felt like home immediately.”
Although initially looking for a turn-key property, Dinah and Jezac soon realised there were plenty of renovations needed and enlisted the help of the architect Rebecca Ryan.
“We have done everything from the ground up – literally,” Dinah says of the renovations. “From underground services to re-wiring – including three-phase power, solar and new plumbing – to the fun part of restoration and decorating, no stone has been left unturned.”
With three young sons and two staffies running amok and as avid entertainers, Dinah and Jezac wanted to create a home that could be lived in and not fussed over.
“We replaced the bathroom floors with beautiful terrazzo and tiled from floor to ceiling without the use of any glass which is a mum’s delight when it comes to cleaning,” Dinah says.
“Upstairs, we created a parents’ dream retreat consisting of a master suite with an en suite and walk-in robe as well as a study and a lounge room which could also be a sixth bedroom or nursery.
“We also added generous cabinetry and storage to all four downstairs bedrooms and included beautiful, pure wool carpet to every bedroom as well as the upstairs spaces.”
While renovating, Dinah and Jezac were adamant about maintaining as many of the home’s original features as possible.
“It took us two years to complete and we are so proud of what we have achieved,” Dinah says. “I really believe we have given the home the love and restoration it deserves.
“Before, the house had a real old-world charm – almost as though we’d been given the keys to an old, run-down pub.
“Now, it is full of light with a mix of traditional and modern elements to complement the home as it once was.”
The home is a true entertainer’s dream, with modern lounge spaces, an extravagant kitchen, outdoor alfresco and a mineral, heated pool with an accompanying pool house.
On the eastern side of the home, a formal lounge is ideal for drinks on winter nights, whereas on the western side of the home, the connected living, dining and kitchen space is ideal for both everyday family time and for entertaining.
An Australian-made Aurora suspended fireplace graces the area between the dining and living rooms and can spin 360 degrees to face wherever the family is situated.
Dinah says the kitchen is the heart of the home and the space where she, a lover of cooking, and her sons spend most of their time amongst the American Oak cabinetry, granite benchtops, Wolf and SubZero appliances, and industrial ceiling range hood.
Dinah and Jezac say the home has been ideal, but, ready to move onto a new lifestyle, they are eager for another family to come and enjoy the much-loved home.
“We have made some incredible memories here, hosting many parties and always being surrounded by our family and friends, and it is the most incredible home for entertaining.
“We hope the new owners will be able to enjoy the multiple living areas and relish in the incredible Glenelg South lifestyle.”
The sale is being handled by Simon Noakes and Jake Billich of Noakes Nickolas.