SHOPPERS flocked in when Perth’s first department store, Boan’s, opened in 1895, and by the end of its first day there wasn’t much left on the shelves.
By 1912 the Boans brothers’ modest store had been replaced by a spiffing new building extending between Wellington and Murray Streets.
And with so much stock, including bulky items for the new furniture department, an East Perth warehouse was built too.
There’s not much left of the old family business—bought out many years ago by Myer—except for the faded lettering of its warehouse which is now a funky apartment complex offering inner-city living in a pleasant tree-lined street.
This two-bedroom abode off Little Saunders Street is a real corker.
Downstairs is a generous open-living space, with a very private courtyard.
Peel back the huge floor-to-ceiling glass doors and the living space gets a whole lot bigger, while a soaring corrugated-iron wall ensures privacy.
This delightful warehouse-style apartment has top-of-the-range appliances, including a Miele stove and oven, soft, golden timber tops and plenty of bench and cupboard space.
A generous open-living space, with a very private courtyard.
A stunning black steel staircase and some of the original warehouse pipes give a pleasant nod to the building’s heritage.
Both upstairs bedrooms are double, the main a touch larger, and both have walls of glass looking over the private central lane with its avenue of trees—but there’s no chance of anyone looking back.
The generous bathroom separating them doubles as a laundry.
Set in the heart of Claisebrook Village there’s no shortage of open spaces, including a delightful park around the Claisebrook inlet virtually on the doorstep.
Living here you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to cafes, restaurants and specialty shops within walking distance.
And the upcoming Riverside Marina and Elizabeth Quay entertainment precincts will really put you in the hub of things.
by JENNY D’ANGER
5 Little Saunders Street,
0423 200 400