Oriental influence

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Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera The Mikado always made me smile—long before I saw overweight and middle-aged June Bronhill portraying a teenage girl and singing “Three Little Maids at School Are We”.

The Aussie opera singer saw the funny side at the time, cracking jokes at her own expense during an intermission.

This home in West Leederville’s famous Cambridge Street has little in common with opera but with the front door opening onto golden pine floors—and a Japanese paper screen wall and sliding door off the entry—I was reminded of Bronhill in her stretched kimono.

With its soaring windows and skillion roof the two-storey exterior has more than a suggestion of a Japanese influence.

And there’s a Japanese exactness in the creation of a comfortable abode on the tiny sliver of 73sqm.

The room beyond the screen wall is a study but could easily be a second bedroom of this otherwise one-bedroom apartment. The rest of the high-ceilinged downstairs is the living/dining/kitchen space, plus a powder room.

The kitchen is a good size, and well-appointed, including a pantry cupboard, but the bench tops are in sad need of loving attention.

Floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors off the living area open onto a small, private courtyard. I’d be planting creepers to soften the high wall and to create a pleasant alfresco area.

Gun-metal grey, industrial steel stairs lead upstairs to the main bedroom, a spacious room with street views and an ensuite, and a laundry-in-a-cupboard.

The apartment has room for two cars but this close to the train station, and on a main bus route you can get rid of the second vehicle and leave the space for a guest vehicle or outdoor storage.

There’s a supermarket within walking distance and living here you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to cafes, restaurants, pubs and shops in any direction.

And St John of God Hospital is just down the road.

2/103 Cambridge Street, West Leederville
from $549,000
Brian Anthony | 0407 993 885
Mark Hay  | 9225 7000

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