If you’re in the market for historic charm and sensational oceanfront views, this restored stone Victor Harbor home will be hard to go past.
It’s a winning combination that first attracted Michael and Susie Foutoulis to the cottage six years ago – and they’ve loved waking up to the ever-changing vistas just outside their front door ever since.
Built on the picturesque stretch of Encounter Bay for a well-known fishing family, the home has been comprehensively renovated by the couple in recent years to enhance its original charm while adding modern convenience.
“The original house was built in the 1850s out of reef stone that was sourced across the road,” Mr Foutoulis says. “They blew up a channel to drag the whales in through the reef and a lot of that stone was used in houses around here then. Ours is one of the last surviving ones.”
Offering wonderful sea views – taking in Wright Island, Granite Island and The Bluff – from most rooms, the home boasts a host of original features including red brick quoinwork and archways, old timber beams and timber door lintels, re-pointed stonework, pine floorboards, and fireplaces. The house also has new electrical wiring and plumbing.
Mr Foutoulis says the property will appeal to people who appreciate history and quality workmanship.
“It will also attract those people who just want to live near the beach, and it’s close to the boat ramp, too, so that’s another bonus for fishing folk.
“It would also be a great place for kids to grow up … our grandson stays over frequently and he loves fishing and running around the place.”
57 Franklin Parade, Encounter Bay
Agent: Ray White Goolwa/Victor Harbor, Nathan Fry 0438 867 017, Nici Goodwin 0435 556 237. Offers: Close Tuesday, April 7 at 2pm.