As the saying goes, the property game only really has one factor you should always consider before buying: location. While that same factor has seen some relatively mediocre properties sell for big money in Sydney and Melbourne, it also means there are still bargains to be had in cooler markets. Compared to Australia’s other largest cities, Adelaide remains relatively affordable and with palatial homes such as 488-500 Yatala Vale Road, Yatala Vale, with just a $12 million sticker, you can see how much there is on offer.
Now, we can all agree that $12 million isn’t chump change by any stretch of the imagination, however, if you imagine what similar property might sell for in Melbourne or Sydney, it’s hard to argue the value present in 488-500 Yatala Vale Road, Yatala Vale (known as Yatahlia Manor). Last year in Sydney, the most expensive home was a penthouse in ANZ Tower that sold for $60 million, while Melbourne’s 47 Lansell Road, Toorak, hammered for $43.1 million. In contrast, the most expensive property that changed hands in Adelaide last year sold for $6.08 million.
Yatahlia Manor is a 2.6-hectare property in the northeastern suburbs of Adelaide, which has a veritable laundry list of enviable amenities. With no less than six bedrooms and a complementary six bathrooms, the design of the home is inspired by the architecture of Provence, which in turn suggests a lifestyle that is as easy as it is elegant.
After making your way through the impressive array of carefully kept gardens that take up much of the property, you’ll find yourself in a grand entrance hall with a spiral staircase to the upper levels. Moving through the entrance hall, you’ll find yourself in the expansive living and dining space, which is lit partially through a dazzling set of French windows that in turn look out over clipped green lawns.
Flanking the main living and dining areas are the wings of the home, which on one side feature the gym and home cinema complete with tiered seating, as well as the library, music room, and art room. Opposite these more private rooms of the home, you’ll find the formal sitting and dining rooms, bar, games room, billiards room, and also the spacious alfresco entertaining spaces. Finally, there is also a private three-car garage attached to the main dwelling, which is but a fraction of the overall car parking capacity of the property.
Upstairs contains all six bedrooms of the home, established around the central spiral staircase that connects the two levels. The staircase isn’t the only way to the upper level, however, with a full-sized lift also having been installed for when the occasion calls.
Just a few steps from the main house is what’s known as The Hangar – a 45-metre long and 12-metre wide building that presents as the world’s best garage – complete with its own kitchen and toilets. While you aren’t legally required to fill The Hangar with cars, it’s certainly a significant drawcard for those who have collected more than a couple of four-wheeled friends over the years.
The final and arguably most visually impressive element of the entire property is the modestly sized lake on the other side of the property to The Hangar. Filled with lilies and waterfowl, it’s the feather in the cap of an already wonderfully executed garden.
Located just 17 kilometres from Adelaide’s CBD, Yatahlia Manor is one of South Australia’s finest homes, blending the inspiration of French provincial architecture with a stunning local garden. The property of 488-500 Yatala Vale Road, Yatala Vale, has been listed for sale by Giordano & Partners, with an asking price of $12 million.