Jaw-dropping renovation transforms rundown Rosewater villa into modern character home

Bright purple walls, patchwork flooring and a bottle green exterior characterised this Rosewater house just two years ago – it’s hard to believe looking at it now.

An extensive renovation has completely transformed the rundown villa at 828 Torrens Road into a contemporary five-bedroom character home.

While its old-world charm has been retained, modern design trends have breathed new life into the 1910-built villa.

Ray White Port Adelaide principal Nick Psarros, who is marketing the property with Nathaniel Kennerdale, sold it to the current owners in February 2019 and was shocked at how much it had changed since then.

“I walked in there and I couldn’t recognise it,” he said.

“It was absolutely putrid when I walked in the first time, it had been let go.”

He said it was tired and dilapidated inside while the backyard was full of rubbish, but that didn’t deter the buyers.


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“They started renovating on day one,” he said.

“They stripped the walls bare and did a massive extension – they’ve gone to another level.”

A lounge room and all five bedrooms are in the front half of the home, while a bathroom and open kitchen, dining and living area are at the back.

A deck offers a perfect spot to entertain in the backyard and has easy access to an outdoor kitchen.

The 507sqm block also has a carport, rainwater tank and manicured gardens, which include fruit trees and a vegetable patch.

Mr Psarros said the owners planned to live in the home for years to come but have discovered it’s too small for their family.

“They did it for themselves to live in but they’ve actually outgrown the home,” she said.

“They’ve got mixed feelings because they worked so hard to do this – they just finished renovating when I walked in there.”

He said it was already attracting a lot of attention from househunters.

The house is being sold via an expressions of interest campaign, which closes on October 19.

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