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Published November 8th 2016
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Mansions in Adelaide at West Lakes


My previous article on Adelaide's Most Unusual Houses attracted a lot of interest, so I have been busily hunting even more quirky, strange and weird houses in Adelaide.

They aren't necessarily expensive homes - just strange houses or in unusual locations. I have aimed for variety, but am sure there must be a load more weird and wonderful buildings yet to be found in South Australia.

If you think you know of some better examples, be sure to let me know in the comments.

I'd like to thank Tim Simpson, an architectural restoration consultant for suggesting three of the unusual houses on the list. You can find his blog here.

Eastern Exotica

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The David and Goliath of Houses in Adelaide


One of my favourites is the cute but lilliputian residence pictured above in the eastern suburbs. Dwarfed by the two storey residence next door, this house struggles to assert itself over the garage on the other side.

If it was positioned next to one of these mansions in Adelaide this cute house might be mistaken as an outside toilet.

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A Virtual House in the Eastern Suburbs Disguises an Electricity Substation


Not far away you can find a rather unusual virtual house. It's a building that has been designed to look like a house in the street, but it isn't a house at all, in fact an electricity substation.

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An Electricity Substation South of Adelaide


By contrast residents south of Adelaide get a rather more prosaic view of an electricity substation. Even seen at sunset in perhaps the most romantic lighting, this substation will never be a place of beauty.

Strange Residences in the South

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Monarch of the Glen: Former Tree House in Brownhill Creek


There can be few more primitive places to live than a tree house within a tree trunk. But that is exactly what some families did in the early days of the colony.

Brown Hill Creek is home to the Monarch of the Glen, once a tree house and home to several generations of settlers according to this site. Another tree house in Adelaide's north is the Herbig Family Tree at Springton.

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Strange Houses: Octagonal Amphi Cosma Built by Walter Torode


Amphi Cosma is one of the strange houses in Adelaide by builder Walter Torode, an octagonal design built in 1914 and inspired by the work of American architect Orson Fowler. It was made from reinforced concrete, way ahead of its time.

Torode used the house as a display house before living in it. It is not recorded whether the house originally had the "pebbledash" style of exterior, but it is one of our prized heritage buildings.

Weird Houses in Adelaide West

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Unconventional Houses in Adelaide: French Canadian Art Nouveau


Just down the road from Cafe Latino, this unconventional house in the west is apparently a French Canadian influenced Art Nouveau design built in 1908. Its style is so unconventional and rare that I have not been able to discover much about it.

Named Wellfield, the house has unique keyhole style windows, and you can see some of the interior here.

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Cape Cod Houses in Adelaide Were Once More Common


This Cape Cod style house was quite popular in the sixties in Adelaide, but Cape Cod houses are rather uncommon now. It appears to be of recent construction, but may just be in very good condition.

Beachside Beauties

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Heritage Buildings: Old Habourmaster's Cottage at Outer Habor


Situated metres from the recently refurbished Lady Ruthven Reserve the Old Harbourmaster's House at Outer Harbor has a purpose built elevated viewing room. This arrangement has now been superseded by the specially designed viewing tower. The house itself has Art Deco influences, and is one of the heritage buildings in the area.

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Weird Houses: Perhaps They Should Be Blue Poles?


The next offering is a somewhat weird house that appears to defy logic. I cannot think of a purpose for the erections atop the roof unless they have a Freudian significance. Nor would I want to sleep upstairs after a few drinks and forget which door to use.

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Heritage Buildings: West Adelaide Apartments


These Adelaide apartments are heritage buildings - a former Navy base put to a new use. It is good to see historical buildings re-used, although to my eye this one is a little unprepossessing externally. Photos of the interior do look far more attractive though.

For even more unusual properties, be sure to check out these unusual buildings in Semaphore.
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Great to see you taking such delight in your surroundings.
by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (score: 3|5360) 2130 days ago
Your "warehouse" apartments that are pictured have a MUCH more interesting history. That is in fact the old major portion of the HMAS Birkenhead navy depot. I spent many a Saturday morning there or playing in the park across the road when my father was the commanding officer.
The derelict building that as, until recent, right next door, was the officers mess. Sadly, I think that building has now been demolished.
by Caroline Lloyd (score: 1|75) 2130 days ago
Dave, I was amazed at the 'virtual house' picture on More Unusual Houses of Adelaide. Where is it located, or are you having a lend of us?:) Love all 'your houses' - great work.

Have you thought of featuring houses that used to be corner shops? Some of them are brilliant. There is a lovely one not far from Unley Rd if I remember the suburb correctly.
by cuthb (score: 0|5) 2085 days ago
My guess is that your freudian pole house is one of the more obvious examples of the confllict between council planning decisions and builder's plans... Did the third floor get cancelled/councilled?
by koj77 (score: 2|152) 2139 days ago
You are building quite a collection of houses Dave. I bet you will be making another sequel to this series :)
by Yin-Yin Ow (score: 3|1596) 2139 days ago
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