After selling their refrigerated haulage business and now semi-retired, Anthea and Kelvin Armistead put their gorgeous home at 403 Military Road on the market so they can return to farm life.
The four-bedroom home will go under a hammer on Saturday, January 29.
Completely remodeled just two years ago with striking interiors designed by Judy Fargher, the home combines character features and the latest amenities with a soaring roof extension that’s all about entertainment.
The couple will leave behind fond memories, especially of many parties and gatherings that the couple often organized groups and musicians to play for.
The couple are both from trucker families and Kelvin worked as a truck driver himself.
Together, they started operating a farm near Murray Bridge before moving in 2007 as their refrigerated haulage business grew and moved its headquarters to Adelaide.
“We moved to North Haven with our business and first rented out on the water when one day my husband was walking up Military Road and saw this house – he immediately fell in love with it,” says Anthea.
“It was in a very old condition, but we loved it and bought it around 2009.
“Being set back from the beach means you’re protected from the elements, but it’s close enough that you can still feel like you’re part of the beach.
“Largs Bay is a beautiful area with beautiful old houses full of character and good people around.”
The couple worked closely with image consultant and interior designer Judy Fargher to create a stunning bespoke renovation and extension, respectful of the villa’s heritage character.
Attention to detail and the fluidity between rooms was key, from doorknobs and chandeliers, to modern appliances, furniture and pendant lights.
The cornices and plinths of the new spaces were created to match the existing plasters in the original rooms.
A second decorative arch was created as a mirror of the original and provides a point of transition between the existing house and the new open plan living pavilion.
A sloping roof allows light to filter into the open plan kitchen and living room, with windows and folding doors that set the stage for parties and gatherings.
The master bedroom offers an en-suite bathroom that is more like a private spa room with authentic raw limestone tiles, underfloor heating, heated towel rails, surround speakers, a makeup station and even a TV. connected.
“Everyone who comes here loves the private bathroom – it’s like your own retreat,” says Anthea.
“You can sit there in the spa and watch whatever is on your smart TV and walk away.”
Even the second bedroom is sumptuous enough to be a full master with a Velux skylight, built-in bathrobe, and an en-suite bathroom with heated towel rails, underfloor heating, and sensor lights.
The third bedroom also has an en-suite bathroom and its own private courtyard.
The gourmet kitchen is embellished with carefully thought-out modern comforts, such as a wine fridge integrated into the island bench.
Then there are self-closing drawers, integrated Liebherr fridge and freezer and Neff appliances including oven, steamer, stove, induction hob, integrated coffee machine and cup warmer.
The kitchen is completed with a soft touch Miele dishwasher, filtered water and a stacker service window.
Anthea says that while the house is perfect for the summer, it is a cozy house in the winter when the working fireplaces and underfloor heating take on their full meaning.
“We’re from the countryside, so we love fires and have made great use of them,” she says.
“With the fire lit and a nice dinner around the table, a bottle of red, it’s just wonderful.
“It’s probably a shame that we don’t sell in the winter, because the fires really create such a great atmosphere. “
Separate from the house is a garage and games room – ideal for social occasions when visitors are making the most of the games of pinball and pool.
Then there are solar panels, a connected sound system everywhere, security cameras, pop-up sprinklers, an alarm system and smart TVs in every room.
He made a great family home with Kelvin and Anthea’s two children having previously lived there with them and enjoyed all it had to offer.
“We decided to keep the lawn because nowadays there are so many apartments under construction and we really wanted to keep some green space in case a new owner had a family with children.
The sale is managed by Sophia Pampena of Ray White Real Estate.