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FEATURE LISTING: Rosslyn Park bluestone villa to fetch $4 million

A vibrant subtropical oasis surrounds this 1890s return-verandah bluestone villa in Adelaide’s eastern suburbs, which has hit the market this week for $4 million.

Current owner Robert Middleton, who is retired, has called “Midway Park” home for the past 19 years.

Robert tells SALIFE that when he purchased the property, it was his intention to redecorate. However, this soon led to a much more extensive renovation.

“I started off repointing the bluestone and it just took off from there,” he says.

“I completely re-floored the property, including all the jarrah flooring … I put skylights in to open the property up, I redid all of the timber work externally and installed new bullnose verandahs together with skylights.”

Robert says that respecting the heritage of the home, which was once owned by a surgeon, Dr Roger Angove, was very important.

“There’s a plaque adjacent to the pedestrian entry to the property, which reflects a little of the heritage of the property,” he says.

The home at 2 Angove Court, Rosslyn Park sits on an allotment of over 2700sqm. It includes five bedrooms, the master suite with a spacious walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite.

The house also has a formal sitting room, a formal dining room, a separate bathroom, a well-equipped kitchen, a casual living and dining area, a large laundry, a private theatre and a garage with enough space for four cars.

While the gorgeous villa is guaranteed to impress, it is the subtropical garden that makes Midway Park truly unique.

Robert enlisted the help of Chris Day from Every Day Sustainable Living to create the impressive subtropical ecosystem in the garden.

This includes several types of bananas, 25 different citrus trees and various subtropical plants.

Robert says the garden has been opened to the public and was even featured on ABC television’s Gardening Australia.

“The garden was opened four times to raise money for charity and to share the garden,” says Robert.

Robert, who is now in his 80s, plans to downsize and is looking for new owners to cherish his Rosslyn Park paradise.

“In the end, it was far too big for me alone, together with the overall cost of maintaining it,” he says.

In moving out of the home, Robert says it’s his neighbours that he’ll miss most.

“I walked morning and night down to Kensington Gardens Reserve and I met and engaged with so many different people,” he says.

“It’s a secure property … it’s very serene living there. When one’s in the house, one hardly hears anything because it’s in a cul-de-sac and it’s not anywhere near the main road.”

The sale is being handled by Jamie Brown of Booth Real Estate and will go to auction on Saturday, May 18.