With the world agog at the imminent arrival of a new royal baby, it seemed appropriate to be reviewing a home on Queen Street, as I’d been hoping for a girl.
The little princess would have made history, with recent historic changes to succession laws meaning a first-born girl is no longer passed over for a younger brother.
Of course given the longevity of the Windsors, she’d have had to wait awhile, with Liz going strong, Charles next in line and then her own dad.
This three-bedroom Bayswater home too has longevity on its side.
It’s one of the original homesteads in the area, and the lovely four-bedroom, weatherboard cottage has plenty of grace, charm and elegance, as befitting the Swan colony’s squattocracy.
Embracing the home the wrap-around verandah gazes out over a swathe of grass, rose beds and a central fountain.
Come spring the view will be framed with gorgeous, dripping bunches of mauve wisteria, thanks to an ancient vine stretching the length of the verandah.
As to be expected in a home of this vintage, the ceilings are high, jarrah floors flow, and there’s plenty of decorative fire places and ceiling roses.
A section of the verandah has been enclosed forming a huge dressing-room and ensuite for the main bedroom.
Winter or summer the central lounge is a refuge from the hurly burly, with a beautiful fireplace and elegant French doors to the verandah.
A rear extension houses the kitchen/dining area.
The kitchen is a spacious domain with timber-fronted cupboards and plenty of bench space.
From the sink you can see the Darling Ranges, and watch planes coming and going at the international airport—but it’s far enough away for the sound to be on mute, the vendor says.
Step through a bank of doors to the covered patio and you’d think you were in the country with a swathe of grass and terraced garden looking out across the leafy suburb’s many trees to the hills beyond.
Despite the “country” feel this delightful home, sitting on 1009sqm, is central to a swag of shops, cafes and restaurants, and you’ll have no excuse for being late catching a plane. For more sedate pursuits closer to home, the river foreshore is a short walk away.
by JENNY D’ANGER
51 Queen Street, Bayswater
EIO from $929,000
Carlos Lehn | 0416 206 736
Acton Mt Lawley | 9272 2488