Mysterious beauty

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THERE’S a mystery to this Grant Street, North Perth home and despite close scrutiny it remains a conundrum.

Is the beautiful stained glass front door the original entry—or was its twin, which opens onto a rear verandah?

The rear door looks original, down to the large, ornate doorknob and it’s odd to see stained glass as a back door. Then there’s the lovely curved concrete staircase more usually seen sweeping up to the front.

It’s possible in the late 1800s the back was the front, with a  very different configuration of the streets, the agent suggests.

The identical doors book-end the hallway, their colourful glass reflected in the polished jarrah floor.

The cute terrace home (one of four) has been recently revamped, with fresh paint throughout and a brand new kitchen.

Two of the bedrooms face the street, and as you’d expect from a house more than 110 years old, there are fireplaces and lovely ceiling roses.

The third bedroom has cute French doors onto the verandah and rear garden.

The central lounge gazes out over the dining room, which is on a lower level and also has French doors to the verandah. The jarrah floors of both appears to be the same vintage, and there’s a gorgeous old jarrah fireplace in the lower room, but I’m surprised an 1897 cottage wouldn’t be all on one level, which deepens the mystery of this home.

The pristine, white kitchen of this curious cottage has plenty of bench and storage space, including a double pantry, with smooth-sliding drawers.

The bathroom is spacious and open, its white tiled floor and walls in sharp contrast to the jarrah vanity.

The garden is surprisingly large, with a number of mature trees and a swathe of lawn leading down to a garden shed and the old outdoor loo.

Built in the gold mining boom of the late 1800s, the terraces were for workers, with this larger end one for the manager, the agent says.

Hence the larger yard, and off-street parking.

There’s room to extend, but really this is a delightful home for a young couple, or retirees looking to down-size.

The many cafes and shops on Beaufort Street are a mere 50 meters away, the leafy Highgate Primary School is in walking distance, and with city views, you know Perth is a short bike ride, or an even shorter bus trip, away.

by JENNY D’ANGER

4 Grant St, Perth
from $829,000
Wayne Heldt
0433 118 353
Acton Mt Lawley
9272 2488

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