Classically Australian

15. 827HOMEI LIKE the way Maylands’ streets are numbered—it’s so easy to find your way around.

Having just crossed Eighth Avenue I knew I’d missed Seventh so it was easy to turn around and back-track to find this lovely old home

Late federation meets early art deco in this grand old dame where a stunning kookaburra-theme stained glass front door welcomes visitors.

And gorgeous, double early deco lead-light doors lead off the expansive hall into a formal lounge.

The purple colour-scheme of this commodious space may not be everyone’s cup of tea but it’s only paint: the highly ornate ceiling is as magnificent, and the timber fireplace is lovely.

Double sash windows look out onto the garden, and brightly coloured parrots are frozen in time in the stained glass door leading to the wrap-around verandah.

An ‘80s extension, with a beamed skillion roof-line, is looking a little dated, but it wouldn’t take much to bring it up to scratch.

Smarten up the slate floor and put in some bifold doors onto the garden and you’re almost there.

The spacious kitchen is also tired, but the bones are there for a modernising make-over with a lovely golden timber ceiling and warm, raw-brick walls. An island bench and a refit of the old timber cupboards and Bob’s your uncle.

The massive 1012sqm block almost dwarfs the spacious, three-bedroom home so there’s plenty of scope for a stunning garden, maybe even a pool. What a difference it’d make for the relatively modest investment.

Mature trees, including a soaring gum, make turning this place into a showpiece as easy as falling off a log, and a huge old lilac has the remains of a tree house I would have loved as a kid.

The old brick garage has been converted into a studio and is ideal for a teenage pad or artist’s retreat. There’s no bathroom there but it would be easy to put one in.

The Eighth Ave cafe/shopping strip is just up the road and the delightful Maylands river foreshore a short drive away.

Or, head to nearby Guildford Road and you’re in the city in next to no time.

22 Seventh Avenue, Maylands
Paul Owen 0411 601 420
Acton Mt Lawley 9272 2488

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