John Bastin played only a minor role in colonial history as a commercial traveller who lived in South Australia briefly from 1865 to 1878.
The house is typically double- fronted and constructed of line- pointed bluestone. The elaborate bull-nosed veranda and the distinctive cast-iron topped masonry front wall appear to be of a later date. Its appearance is marred by a garage and veranda enclosure, but the house still stands as an effective centrepiece of this prominent and largely original group of residences. This group is unusual as each house is built into the side of the Torrens Valley embankment, the two storey form being clearly visible only from the rear.