A MENORAH is a six-branched oil lamp, a symbol of Judaism since ancient times.
A Menora is a traditional dance of southern Thailand/northern Malaysia.
I don’t think I’d be going out on a limb to say Menora is named for the former, given one of WA’s oldest synagogues can be found here. And an aerial view of the small suburb shows streets curving off Airdar to form a menorah shape.
Perth’s Menora may not be ancient but it does have rock-solid credentials as one of the city’s older suburbs, with wide, leafy streets and generous blocks.
Properties don’t come up for sale all that often here.
From the verandah of this home, which sits on 735sqm, you gaze across wide verges to timber fences covered with masses of bougainvillea and flowering trees. You could be forgiven for thinking you had the street to yourself.
The four-bedroom/two-bathroom abode is classic art deco, although the gorgeous leadlight doors and window are more streamlined than the usually highly decorative ones of the period.
The high ceilings have a delightful collection of deco roses and there’s a deco brick fireplace in the spacious formal lounge.
“There’s so much room in this home I had trouble finding the main bedroom.”
More leadlight doors lead to the formal dining room, which has more lovely deco doors to the verandah, and a second set leading to the kitchen.
The original kitchen has been transformed as part of an expansive open-plan extension.
Jarrah flows seamlessly from the original part of the house to the new section, a lofty, light-filled space, thanks to banks of bifold doors on two sides that open onto the patio and garden.
Stainless steel tops the white benches of the generous kitchen area, where you’ll find a six-burner stove and a 900m wide oven.
There’s so much room in this home I had trouble finding the main bedroom.
I finally located it (and one other), after walking what seemed like miles to the rear of the house.
The two bedrooms in this area share a bathroom and a separate powder room.
The original bathroom, with its classic deco terrazzo floor, serves the other minor bedrooms.
Mature trees, including a couple of gorgeous, blue-flowering jacarandas shade the terraced lawn of the rear garden during summer, and shed leaves and blossoms for winter sunshine.
Close to Walcott Street there’s no shortage of shops and cafes nearby.
Coolbinia primary school is in walking distance and Mt Lawley SHS and Edith Cowan Uni are just down the road.
And when it comes to parks you’re spoilt for choice in this garden suburb.
by JENNY D’ANGER
26 Rothsay Crescent, Menora
Toby Baldwin 0418 914 926
Acton Mt Lawley