NOT too many people get the chance to buy the home they grew up in, but the vendor of this palatial home in Flinders Street, Mt Hawthorn did just that.
Not that her girlhood self would have recognised the place, after the single-storey ‘60s home was transformed into a spacious, two-storey modern abode, sitting proudly on 489sqm.
The only remaining original features are the lovely green, white and black terrazzo floors (polished into new life), the walls, and the massive limestone foundations, which had been lovingly crafted into the “pillow” shape of the time by her dad, a stonemason.
“I wanted to keep the foundations to remember what my dad did.”
Two years of renovations transformed the small home into a massive five-bedroom/three-bathroom abode, designed for her large family, who have since moved on, leaving this large nest very empty.
The original lounge now flows through double glass doors to a massive, light-filled dining/kitchen and family areas.
Many a meal has been cooked in this home over 50 years, not to mention tomato sauce bottled, olives pickled and quite a bit of homemade vino.
And this sparkling, white kitchen is big enough to continue the tradition, with enough granite-topped bench space to whip up a mediaeval banquet as well.
Two of the bedrooms are downstairs, including a spacious guest bedroom.
Upstairs you’ll find a massive sitting room, and the rest of the bedrooms, including the main-bedroom with built-in-robes big enough to walk into, and a delightful ensuite.
The two street-facing bedrooms are semi-ensuite and share a balcony.
Back on ground level the low-maintenance garden is fully paved, with neat limestone, raised-garden beds.
And there’s a massive undercroft games room under the home.
An even bigger double garage is accessed from a rear laneway. The vendor insisted on enough room for two cars to have their doors open without touching so it’s very spacious.
But with Mt Hawthorn’s thriving shopping/cafe hub almost on the doorstep the cars don’t get out much, she says.
by JENNY D’ANGER
97 Flinders St, Mt Hawthorn
Auction Saturday June 8 at 3pm,
unless sold prior
Jody Missell | 0410 770 782
Acton Mt Lawley | 9272 2488