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Take a peek inside South Australia’s most luxurious sales

If you’ve got a bit of spare time this weekend and want to see how the other half live then check out this list of 10 luxury South Australian homes that sold over the past 12 months.

Not surprisingly there are quite a few beachfront, esplanade homes that make the list, as well as a truly stunning country home in Stirling where it’s easy to picture yourself playing a round of croquet before enjoying cucumber sandwiches and a spot of tea.

Pristine views, lavish outdoor entertaining areas and deluxe inclusions are aplenty, as are in-ground pools, wine cellars, games rooms, and one property even has a ballroom.

Henley Beach and Millswood are among the most popular suburbs to find a high-end property sale, but North Adelaide and Medindie make an appearance too.

When compared with top sales in NSW, Victoria and Queensland it seems you get a lot more house for far fewer dollars in South Australia.

34 South Esplanade, Glenelg South

Sale price: $5.1 million

Sold on: 9 April 2021

Key features: 5 bed, 4 bath, 4 car

What makes it special: You can’t get much closer to the beach than this. You can literally wake up, step out the front door and onto the sand at Glenelg Beach. You’ll also return to a contemporary masterpiece spread over three levels – with a lift, of course! Designed to maximise the sweeping water views, picture windows are the name of the game at this home, as are soaring, vaulted ceilings and multiple outdoor entertaining areas. There are also five luxurious bedrooms, including one that’s more akin to a hotel suite, complete with a kitchenette and a spa.

4 Palm St, Medindie

Sale price: $5 million

Sold on: 1 July 2021

Key features: 5 bed, 4 bath, 2 car

What makes it special: This Georgian-style mansion is impressive from the moment you lay eyes on it, with an air of grandeur that just spells luxury. Spread over two levels, a highlight of the design is it’s floor to ceiling arch windows that invite the lush gardens surrounding the home indoors. There’s both formal and informal living spaces and elegant open fires and chandelier lighting.

146 Molesworth St, North Adelaide

Sale price: $4.45 million

Sold on: 5 May 2021

Key features: 4 bed, 3 bath, 2 car

What makes it special: Zephyrside is a landmark residence, steeped in history that transports you back to a bygone era. Host a ball in your very own ballroom, retire to read in the library with its fireplace and floor-to-ceiling bookcases and enjoy your breakfast in the sun-drenched conservatory. There’s also a solar heated pool, a gym, a suna and a dry wine cellar.

393 Esplanade, Henley Beach

Sale price: $4.42 million

Sold on: 18 January 2021

Key features: 4 bed, 3 bath, 3 car

What makes it special: Another beachfront stunner, you can step from your front garden onto the sand dunes at this modern home. Nestled between the cosmopolitan centres of Henley Square and Grange, the location of this property is on point and the modern interiors feature luxurious fittings and fixtures. There are multiple living spaces to choose from, a games rooms and plenty of entertaining space overlooking the beach or in the Tuscan-inspired, vine-covered pergola.

40 Milan Terrace, Stirling

Sale price: $4.4 million

Sold on: 30 June 2021

Key features: 5 bed, 3 bath, 3 car

What makes it special: A traditional country house in the truest sense of the word, this grand 1890s home makes you wish you were playing croquet and eating cucumber sandwiches. It’s also been stunningly renovated to meld the old with the new, including black steel frame windows, vintage lighting, open-fireplaces, oak floors and tumbled marble. The master bedroom is its own wing on the lower floor overlooking the Virginia Kennett landscaped gardens and solar heated mineral pool.

225 Esplanade, Henley Beach

Sale price: $4.125 million

Sold on: 18 October 2021

Key features: 4 bed, 3 bath, 2 car

What makes it special: The tired bones of this Henley Beach home have been rejuvenated into a funky, modern home with a distinct industrial vibe. Pendant lighting, black accents and steel framed doorways combine with original archways and ocean views to create a unique home. There are all the big ticket items you’d expect in a home at this price point too, including Smeg, Gaggenau, Ilve, and Miele, appliances and a solar heated lap pool with swim jets.

17 Andrew Ave, Millswood

Sale price: $4.05 million

Sold on: 29 October 2021

Key features: 4 bed, 3 bath, 4 car

What makes it special: This stunning stone home on 2314sq m of lush gardens is one of Millswood’s finest homes. The grand property offers formal in informal living and dining spaces that take you back to yesteryear or transport you to today. There’s plenty of timber floors, fireplaces, chandeliers and decorative ceilings, while outdoors you’ll find a stunning inground pool with a cabana. There’s also a guesthouse.

383 Esplanade, Henley Beach

Sale price: $4 million

Sold on: 9 March, 2021

Key features: 3 bed, 2 bath, 5 car

What makes it special: Another absolute beachfront home, this time in the form of a 1970s build with a traditional split-level floor plan. Floor to ceiling glazing runs along the length of the living and dining space to maximise the water views, with a covered deck getting you even closer to the waves. On the lower level of the home is a rustic, kitchen, dining and living area with exposed timber beams, slate tiled flooring and doors opening out to a Japanese-style garden.

9-11 Avenue St, Millswood

Sale price: $4 million

Sold on: 7 December 2020

Key features: 4 bed, 3 bath, 2 car

What makes it special: Built by Medallion Homes, this contemporary beauty is set on 1811sq m of manicured gardens, including a tennis court. Wine enthusiasts will love the wine cellar, while a plush formal living at the front of the home has hardwood floors, fireplace and chandeliers. Other luxurious inclusions are a grand master suite, a separate teenager’s wing and multiple outdoor entertaining areas.

11 Victoria Avenue, Unley Park

Sale price: $4 million

Sold on: 24 February 2021

Key features: 4 bed, 5 bath, 3 car

What makes it special: Circa 1920 but luxuriously renovated, extended and recreated in 2015 by architects Beach DC, this home is set on 1338sq m of land in highly-sought Victoria Ave. Period features such as soaring ceilings and decorative fireplaces have been retained, while the modern section of the home is a lesson in light-filled, open plan living. An opulent kitchen, living and dining space is the highlight of the home and flows out to an extensive undercover outdoor entertaining area, which overlooks the large inground pool.

CoreLogic data and listing information/images from realestate.com.au were used to compile this list of some of the top-selling homes over the past 12 months. There may be more expensive sales with undisclosed prices that sold during the same time period.

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Kylie Dulhunty

Kylie Dulhunty is the Editor at Elite Agent.