A quiet delight

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IT was like someone had pushed a “mute” button the minute I stepped into this South Fremantle home: traffic noise simply stopped.

“No, there’s no double glazing,” the vendor said, pointing out the limestone walls which are around half-a-metre thick.

Noise is dealt another blow by the solid front fence and a bank of flowering trees, which make the front verandah a pleasant pool of shade.

Built in the 1890s this three-bedroom home has been beautifully renovated to meet today’s lifestyle, without losing any of its heritage charm.

Jarrah floors, ceiling roses and fireplaces abound in the original part of the home, along with high skirting boards and even higher ceilings.

Absolutely delightful spaces…

All bedrooms are in this section: the two overlooking the verandah have plantation shutters to ensure peaceful nights. A charming central lounge, created from the bones of the old kitchen, has all the trimmings of a home of this vintage, including a ceiling rose, sash windows and a lovely timber fireplace surrounding an original metters stove.

The lounge flows into the dining/kitchen, absolutely delightful spaces where light from the plentitude of windows bounces off white timber ceilings. The spacious kitchen has swathes of bench space, atop white cupboards and stainless steel splash-backs, not to mention a couple of pantry cupboards, one with three doors, and a 900mm Blanco oven.

A big old door leads out to a series of outdoor “rooms”, one sheltered by a gorgeous, arched iron-framed pergola.

On the other side of the dining area french doors can be dramatically thrust open to a part/room part/patio with white walls and white-timbered ceiling and a bank of bifold shutter doors that also open wide to let the sunshine and garden in or close to keep the weather out. Sitting on 440sqm—generous compared to many postage stamp alotments these days—the garden seems to go on forever, with sheltered nooks to suit various times of the year: “At every hour of the day there is shade at some point in summer and in winter we can get the sun,” the vendor says.

Mature trees abound in the beautifully landscaped garden, including loquats and olives. There’s plenty of lush grass for kids to play on and a well-stocked vegie patch at the bottom of the garden sure to keep the fussiest cook happy.

This delightful home is mere minutes’ walk from the delightful Beaconsfield primary school, shops and a swag of cafes on the rapidly growing South Terrace cappuccino strip.

by JENNY D’ANGER

155 Hampton Road,
South Fremantle
from $849,000
Brad Glover 0422 388 885
Simone Petersen 0417 977 525
Mint Real Estate 9339 7777  

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