FOR reasons best known to poms they call a stand-alone house a bungalow and a duplex/terrace a house.
Must be something to do with all that drizzle.
To live the life of perpetual summers, check out this “bungalow” on Summers Street in Perth.
Sitting on 237sqm it has all the cuteness of a cottage and oodles of old-Blighty charm—with the space inside of a modern Aussie home.
Neat brush fencing creates a north-facing, sun-filled front courtyard, a lovely spot for cooler weather alfresco, or to simply relax over the morning papers on the weekend.
You’d never know part of the fence is a remote-controlled gate, sliding back to allow off-road parking, and closing for total privacy.
The rear courtyard is for those hot, hot summer days, with a spacious timber deck and a spa.
I’d be inclined to green this space up, maybe some colourful creepers on the wall and a few trees in pots for an even cooler ambience. You could go mediterranean with citrus but I’d venture for tropical lushness.
It’s the only area in need of titivating, because a previous owner’s eye to interior design, and meticulous attention to detail, has ensured this three-bedroom home is a beautifully presented package.
There’s everything you’d expect of an early 1900s home, with jarrah floors throughout, ceiling roses and a couple of fireplaces.
Two of the bedrooms overlook the front courtyard, while the third is accessed off the family room at the rear.
The original formal lounge is central, a spacious and elegant room with a decorative ceiling, a graceful arched entrance and a huge hatch onto the kitchen/living/dining area.
The rear extension opens up this home for 21st century living, with a massive kitchen, two lots of triple pantries, and a huge island bench/breakfast bar.
It’s a space age area to hone your skills before applying for one of this reality cooking shows.
Although with so many fantastic cafes and restaurants almost on the doorstep you may prefer to wander up to the Walcott/Beaufort Street strip and leave the cooking to others.
by JENNY D’ANGER
115 Summers St, Perth
0418 914 926
Acton Mt Lawley