THICK limestone walls, a trio of cute peaked roof pitches and a bullnosed roof had me wondering whether this Pakenham Street, Mt Lawley abode was a heritage home made new.
But no, it’s a mere teenager. No expense was spared creating this four-bedroom/two-bathroom home 13 years ago.
The limestone isn’t cladding but rather huge blocks that form solid and thick walls, the roof pitches have lovely decorative timber finials, the ceilings are high and the floors are a gorgeous blackbutt, and not the floating kind.
The vendor wasn’t happy with the plain white doors when he moved in so he replaced them all with beautiful solid oak, even those of the built-in-robes in the bedrooms and the kitchen pantry—to stunning effect.
A rose-covered, curved-roofed portico offers cover as you step into the welcoming entry vestibule, where the rich red-gold of the blackbutt leads down a small set of stairs to a sweeping living/dining/kitchen.
New owners can look forward to cosying up in front of the gas-powered fire over the winter months, watching in comfort as rain hurls itself against the massive floor-to-ceiling doors and windows.
Come warmer weather and the doors peel back and alfresco dining is a sure winner on the delightful timber deck…
Come warmer weather and the doors peel back and alfresco dining is a sure winner on the delightful timber deck, with its timber ceiling.
The expansive, elevated decking has stylish black wrought-iron railings, including on the stairs leading down to a secluded courtyard garden, just the right size to put in a lap pool for the energetically inclined.
The ground-floor main bedroom forms a parents’ wing, with a spacious bedroom, walk-in robe, a generous ensuite, and doors to a small atrium garden.
Off the nearby entry there’s a delightful study for the parents, with a huge picture window onto a side courtyard, and a pleasant study for the kids.
This close to mum and dad’s room the smaller study would make an ideal nursery.
This versatile home is great for families, but is also just the ticket for those wanting to downsize without being cramped.
The river is a short stroll away, as attested by a couple of canoes in the storage area off the double carport.
Secure, high wrought-iron fencing and automatic gates give peace of mind.
And when it comes to dining out, Maylands’ vibrant Eighth Avenue precinct is a short drive away, as is the delightful Claisebrook Cove with its lovely parkland and many restaurants and cafes.
by JENNY D’ANGER
3 Pakenham Street, Mt Lawley
Toby Baldwin | 0418 914 926
Acton Mt Lawley | 9272 2488
home open Sat 2–3pm