Christopher Pyne’s Wattle Park home sells after first open

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Former Defence Minister Christopher Pyne has been given a million dollar send-off from his treasured eastern suburbs stomping ground, following the sale of his Wattle Park family home.

The five-bedroom property at 16 Ilfracombe Drive, which Mr Pyne shared with wife Carolyn and their two kids, has sold for $1.1 million – $237,250 above the suburb median house price of $862,750.

The property has been a political stomping ground for the past six years, with the family inviting prime ministers, premiers, cabinet members and even leaders of the opposition through its doors.

Selling agent Marina Ormsby of Klemich Real Estate said the property had a reasonable campaign, selling after its first open inspection.

“It sold to a local buyer, someone who really loved the home and the gardens,” she said.

“It sold really well and both the vendor and buyers are very happy. It was a very well received property.”

Mr Pyne – who ended his 26-year political career in the eastern Adelaide seat of Sturt at the May federal election – told the Advertiser he was sad to leave his treasured Burnside council area, where he had lived for the past 51 years.

“We’re selling because Carolyn and the children always wanted to live in the Adelaide Hills and now that I’m not the member of Sturt anymore, they get to live in the Hills,” he said.

“I don’t really like change, so I am sad to be leaving. But being married and in a family, it’s a partnership and sometimes other people have to have their place in the sun. So it’s time for me to move on.

“The good thing is that I’ll be home at lot more and I’m looking forward to that and being my own boss for the rest of my working career.

“I also love gardening and we got about an acre in the Hills, so I’ll be able to throw myself into the garden a bit more, as well as my new phase in life.”

Serene and secure behind a tall fence and surrounded by a well-established garden, Mr Pyne said the Wattle Park home had been ideal for raising a young family.

It featured five bedrooms – two of which were added by the Pynes after their purchase of the property in 2010.

There were also two bathrooms, a study, a central kitchen, and two formal living and dining spaces.

A pool, an alfresco zone and manicured gardens completed the picture.

“It was a good home for our family, close to parks and tennis courts … and the neighbours have been fantastic during all this time – very protective and supportive, and looked after Carolyn and the children a lot when I was away,” he said.

“I always felt very comfortable knowing that the neighbours were keeping an eye out for my family.

“But it’s also been a very active, political little household.

“We had visitors there from prime ministers, cabinet colleagues, premiers and leaders of the opposition and so forth … a lot happened in the Cabinet over the six years living in that house.”



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