The couple, who had relocated from Adelaide from Melbourne, hadn’t been looking for anything specific, but one glance at “The Coach House of Carrick Hill Drive” was enough to make them the highest bidder at the property’s auction in 1987.
“It was not like we were hunting for anything special, we were just hunting for something suitable for us at the time,” Mrs Butler recalls. “But when we saw the coach house, we instantly fell in love ... and were lucky enough to buy it at auction.
“We’ve been here ever since and I just loved living here. It’s such a magical place.”
Originally built in 1880 as the coach house to a landmark home, the bluestone property was restored and converted to a dwelling in 1979.
Forty years later, the home remains in much of the same condition, with the Butlers reluctant to change the property’s historic feel.
“Because the home was renovated when we came in, we mainly just loved it over the years, although the garden has certainly evolved,” Mrs Butler says.
“We felt, from our knowledge, that this very South Australian house could also have the ambience of similar country conversions found in Provence, in the south of France, and the Eastern Cape of South Africa.
“So in the garden, there are many Mediterranean, South Australian and South African plants – as well as a large bluebell patch, at the bottom of the garden, just for me – because I’m originally from England.”
As for the home itself, Mrs Butler says it has been perfect for hosting family and friends, including many guests from overseas.
Set across two levels, the home has three bedrooms, including a large master with a walk-in robe and private bathroom access.
Multiple living areas, meanwhile, feature on the ground floor, including a central dining room with a cosy fireplace, and a separate lounge plus study.
Outside, a pergola overlooks the beautiful tranquil gardens, which can be managed via a Hydrawise watering system app on your smartphone or iPad.
Other features include quality wool carpets throughout, ducted reverse-cycle airconditioning, a large storage shed plus wood store, and a spacious double carport.
It is also close to some of Adelaide’s best colleges and schools, including Mercedes, Scotch College, Walford, Unley High, Mitcham and Highgate Primary. Mrs Butler says the home’s location meant being able to enjoy the best of both worlds – any day, any time.
“From here, within minutes you’re in the country and you’re on your way to Stirling or to Lake Alexandrina,” she said.
“Or, if you head the other direction, and you feel like going to the Central Market, that’s just 15 minutes away.”
Mrs Butler says she would be sad to leave the family home but it was time for a change.
“I’m selling because I’m downsizing, but I do hope the home will go to someone who likes a big country kitchen, where their family and friends can come for supper – as it’s that sort of place. It’s a friendly place,” she says.
“Just somebody else who thinks: ‘What a magical place. I’d like to live here’.”
The property is on the market with Klemich Real Estate. Offers are due by Wednesday, July 31, at 11am.