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Cricket legend Don Bradman’s family retreat hits the market

The family retreat of Australian cricket icon Sir Donald Bradman has hit the market and is already garnering plenty of attention from cricket fans around the world.

Bradman’s Adelaide Hills family retreat has been listed for the first time since 1959 and is expected to fetch between $1.95 million and $2.25 million.

The stunning 22-acre property, located just 15km from the Adelaide CBD, is known as Glenquarry Farm and dates back to the 1830s.

Bradman, commonly known as the ‘The Don’, is arguably Australia’s greatest test batsman whose career spanned two decades from 1928 until 1948.

Bradman is best known for his test batting average of 99.94, which is nearly twice that of any other test batsman.

The former Aussie captain bought the unique acreage with his son, John Bradman, in 1959 and it has been held by the family ever since.

The property includes the original stone three-bedroom, two-bathroom lifestyle cottage, which has been beautifully upgraded over time with a gourmet country kitchen, a formal dining room, a sunlit upstairs family room with dormer-style windows, two large cellars, two crisp and timeless bathrooms, a mudroom, and countless outdoor spaces.

Paul Clifford from Raine & Horne Rural SA said the property’s location alone makes it special on top of its very famous owners.

“Setting the property’s amazing history to one side, this is 22 acres at Crafers West making it one of the biggest estates in this popular part of the Adelaide Hills,” Mr Clifford said.

“Apart from being the family retreat of Australia’s greatest ever cricketer, the original cottage, we believe, is one of the first homes built in the Adelaide Hills.

“It’s claimed the freestone cottage was built by a runaway from a British naval expedition before South Australia’s proclamation in 1836, and then for it to be purchased by arguably Australia’s most famous knight adds to property’s historical narrative.

“Better still, when you’re at home at Glenquarry Farm, you can feel like you’re a million miles from anywhere while being just a quarter of an hour by car from Australia’s fifth biggest city.”

Mr Clifford believes the property will appeal to buyers from around the world as well as those wanting to get out of the city.

“Just like a Sir Donald who was a stockbroker, we expect Glenquarry Farm will attract professionals from the city seeking a peaceful retreat in the Adelaide Hills,” he said.

“The movement of equity-rich buyers out of the city to find a holiday getaway has collected speed since COVID-19, but this property’s proximity to Adelaide also means it could quickly become the buyer’s permanent home.”

The property is for sale via best offer over $1.95 million.

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Rowan Crosby

Rowan Crosby is a freelance journalist specialising in finance and real estate.

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