December 12, 2019

Premium SAHOMES: David Cheney entertainer with tennis court and swimming pool

This sophisticated six-bedroom home at Netherby was crafted by South Australian master builder David Cheney, combining modern design and classic charm.

Almost a decade ago, Tony and Lisa Thoo purchased a block of land to build a home for their large family. The plans were drawn up to include a swimming pool and tennis court, and plenty of living space for their six children. But that all changed when they came across Claremont at Netherby.

“We went to look at Claremont and were sold on the home straight away,” Lisa says. “We made an offer that afternoon. We had both looked at each other and thought it was exactly the type of property we were going to build, what would be the point of going through all that stress?”

The home at 3 Claremont Avenue was built by the late David Cheney, one of South Australia’s most renowned builders and architects. The property is an example of David’s legacy of high-end Adelaide homes that were built to last a century.

“We love the features of a David Cheney home. You notice his touches as soon as you walk through the entrance. The attention to detail is beautiful and the lead lighting is stunning.”

“Claremont is traditional at the front and modern at the back, so you’ve got both worlds. It’s lovely to have a traditional home, but with the modern elements to make it functional, particularly with a large family.”

Since their children have now moved out, the couple are selling Claremont to downsize.

Lisa, a former nurse, met Tony soon after university while working in occupational medicine. Tony is a medical specialist in occupational medicine, toxicology and medicolegal.

Since retiring from nursing, Lisa has furthered her interest in quilting and is having success by way of commissioned work.

“Part of the reason for moving is that I want to have my own studio and we don’t need so many bedrooms anymore. It’s time to let another family move in and enjoy it,” she says.

Since moving in nine years ago, they have updated a number of features, including a kitchen renovation with stunning granite countertops and Gaggenau appliances. They also added a butler’s pantry and extended the rear verandah, which caters for large family gatherings.

The property sits on 1412 square metres, including a floodlight north-south tennis court and swimming pool. The grounds are low-maintenance and there are rainwater tanks and a five-kilowatt solar system. Having Waite Oval next door provides a green outlook and convenience for children’s sport.

The property features secure side-by-side garaging for two cars, with plenty of storage, automatic doors and an electric gate.

Upstairs, the home features three bedrooms, a home theatre or games room, guest’s retreat, bathroom and kitchen. These spaces were particularly handy for young adults during their school and university years.

Since their children have moved out, Tony and Lisa have used upstairs rooms for visiting guests, with the luxury of having their own separate living space.

Tony has been hosting tennis matches with his friends for a number of years with the wine cellar serving as a post-game bar for a glass of wine or scotch.

“The tennis court was an absolute must for us, as was the pool because the children all love swimming,” Lisa says. “It has ticked lots of boxes.”

The sale is being handled by John and Stephanie Williams of Harcourts Williams.



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