Sunday Selections # 247

Welcome back to Sunday Selections!

This once-a- week-meme was originally begun by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock, as a way to showcase some of the many photos we all take, but don't get around to showing on our blogs.

The rules are very simple:-
1. post photos of your choice, old or new, under the Sunday Selections title
2. link back to me, River, somewhere in your post
3. leave me a comment so that I know you've joined in and can come over and see what you've posted.
4. hop on over to Elephant’s Child to see more of her wonderful photos.
  Andrew often joins in too.

I usually go with a theme for my Sunday Selections and this week, as promised, the Terrace Houses on the beachfront at Grange. 

you all remember these?

there's a noticeboard nearby telling us the history of some of the Grange beachfront area, the Terraces are right there in the centre.

the picture, an original photo.

the information:

"The Marines" Grange
Completed in 1884, only 8 of the planned 24 apartments were ever built. These buildings remain unique as the only Victorian three-storey terraces on the sea-front in Australia. Originally the stone used in the building was rumoured to be from ships' ballast, but is now thought to be from around Dry Creek. 
(Photo by permission State Library of SA)

imagine having your breakfast coffee on that top balcony overlooking the ocean.

Quite stately aren't they?

renovations going on to two of the homes.

the front fence design matches the balcony railings, I think it's pretty.

long, lazy days watching the boats,

or the pines,

or the fishermen at the end of the jetty.

and here is that plant again.


  1. I could live in the Terraces in a heartbeat. What a lovely place and setting.

  2. Those railings give it kind of a New Orleans feel.
    I wonder about the back story - why were only 8 built?

  3. Gorgeous things. That pine looks like it gets seriously windy there from time to time though...

  4. What is quite amazing and wonderful is that they have stood so long in the direct line of the ocean elements, There must be a heavy-duty rust-proof paint used on the cast iron balustrades.


    They're certainly large terraces homes...each with 5 bedrooms, three bathrooms and three floors (the 3 bathrooms needed to cover those floors!

    Have a great week, River...and cuddles to Angel. :)

  5. I really like the iron work railings that were on so many houses from that time.
    Ah yes - the colourful pigface that survives anywhere especially in sand dune
    Taking part in Sunday Selections this week

  6. Should have added the link to Sunday Selections - new wordpress blog
    Cathy @ Still Waters

  7. The terraces definitely have a New Orleans feel... like Joanne, I would live there in a heartbeat!

  8. Three story terraces by the sea are rare, what wonderful views you would have.

  9. Beautiful building. Wonderful to see the restoration being done. I don't like to see our historic building going to ruin. The paint they use today for buildings by the sea should help areas of the building from going rusty..

  10. Beautiful building. Wonderful to see the restoration being done. I don't like to see our historic building going to ruin. The paint they use today for buildings by the sea should help areas of the building from going rusty..

  11. Well, I deeply wish they had finished the 24.. wouldn't that be amazing to see? :) I love a townhouse enormously and those are gorgeous.. :)

    Here is my link this week - Sunday Selections Week 43

  12. Joanne; me too. I don't know if any of them are occupied, a couple have curtains, but that's no real indication.

    Marty Damon; of course! New Orleans, I knew they reminded me of somewhere else. To find out why only the eight, I'd probably have to spend a lot of time in our state library.

    Elephant's Child; it's the beach. We get our gale force southerly busters. But not many of the pines are bent, most are as straight as a ship's mast.

    Lee; After all this time, I suspect the balustrades are replicas, there are companies who do that sort of work to preserve historical accuracy with renovations.
    You've been researching again haven't you? How else would you know about five bedrooms and three bathrooms? More than enough space for me and visiting blogger friends :)

    Cathy; Victorian wrought iron is one of my favourite things on older homes. I'm tempted to bring some pigface home, but I know it would take over the garden.

    Jacquelineand; righto, that's three of us, Joanne, you and me, who else will join us?

    Merle; there are plenty of three storey homes by the sea here, but these are the only original Victorian style anywhere in Australia.

    Margaret-whiteangel; I'm glad to see the restorations going on too. Majkes me wonder if they are going on the market soon; they'll bring a hefty price tag for sure.

    Snoskred; I like townhouses too, as long as they have a bit of yard attached, for kids and pets, plus a washing line.
    a full row of 24 would be an amazing sight.

  13. Hi River. I love your photos. When I have a moment I must share some Sunday Selections. I have so many photos of overseas and Australian travels. Now that "The Marines" Grange is just my kind of building. I love old and shabby. Yes, I would die to have a coffee on the balcony!

    Thank you for the lovely share!

    Denise :-)

  14. Yes, River...having an inquiring mind if my interest is alerted I like to learn more about a subject; and in this instance I did look up more info on "The Marines". :)

    As I mentioned previously a boss I worked with for 14 years was born and raised in Glenelg...and when he started working he worked for John Martin & Co.'s department store in Rundle Street in the menswear department - with time off to serve in the air force during the Second World War. He ended up being John Martin's overseas menswear buyer for a few years, based mainly in Paris and London before returning to Australia when he commenced working with the company that employed both him and me. My ex-boss and very good friend , John, passed away in 1994, and Martin's closed "shop" in 1998, the same year my brother Graham passed away.

    John used to reminiscence a lot about his years spent in Adelaide and I was always an interested audience. :)

    I've already started packing my suitcase...I'll even sleep out on one of the balconies if you run out of room...I'll bring my sleeping bag with me! ;)

  15. These lovely terraces remind me of the old Victorians in the older parts of Fremantle, Melbourne and Sydney.
    Such graceful buildings.

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner on those balconies would be a tonic, in all seasons and all weather.
    I'd love to feel the salty spray.
    The atmosphere inside them, must be amazing.
    And, looking out from those old windows, would be so wonderful.

  16. The houses are just wonderful and as I thought they may be, unique. They would be facing west, I suppose. Is the plant what we used to call pigface?

  17. Breakfast on the balcony, yes please but remember our old knees. The first new thing to go in would be a stairmaster for you and me.

  18. Those homes are quite majestic looking. Love the bent pine and also the pigface.


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