An Adelaide property that a famous artist and his family have called home for over a century has new owners for the first time since 1917. Here’s what they’ve planned for it.
The ink dried on the multi-million dollar sale of a property of Adelaide, famed Australian artist whom the late John Dowie lived in for most of his life.
The Dulwich Villa at 28 Gurney Rd, which had been owned by the Dowie family since 1917, was purchased earlier in the year, but its $ 2.53 million deal was officially settled in September.
Klemich Real Estate sales agent Penny Riggs said the Sydney buyer was a heritage architect who planned to preserve the house, which includes two murals painted by Dr Dowie when he lived there.
“They are going to move in and renovate it in harmony with the existing house,” she said.
“They loved the murals and they will definitely be preserved.”
Dr Dowie – who was renowned for his paintings and sculptures, many of which are found around Adelaide, including the Three Rivers Fountain in Victoria Square and The Slide in Rundle Mall – inherited the property from his parents.
Other than when he served in WWII and spent a few years abroad honing his artistic skills, he lived in the house from the age of two until his death in 2008. .
His niece Penny Dowie has lived in the house for 13 years and used the studio he created by knocking down a wall that separated two bedrooms to work on his own art.
Mr Riggs said Ms Dowie and the rest of the family were happy the new owners kept the four-bedroom, two-bathroom home, located on a 1,046m² block.
“The sellers are thrilled to let this go to a family that appreciates history,” she said.
While in the market, Mr Riggs said he gained a lot of attention from house hunters.
“We had over 200 people at the door during the two and a half week campaign,” she said.
“They loved the location and the big boulder.
“You could really stretch in the back, there was a lot of width on both sides of the block.”
Originally published as Former Home of Famous Australian Artist, the late John Dowie changes hands in $ 2.53 million deal