Swan song

SWEEPING terraces step down to gently rolling grass and two jetties at this grandiose Maylands property.

Imagine mooring your boat in your own back yard, a privilege enjoyed by a mere handful of Maylands residents, with only around 12 private jetties on the Swan River.

It’s hard to believe in an age of homes shoe-horned onto 230sqm that this six-bedroom/three-bathroom domain sits in majestic isolation on a whopping 2412sqm—that’s no misprint.

Having turned 80 the vendor reckons his days of steering the ride-on mower around the extensive garden, and getting the powerboat out of the shed are behind him, and he’s keen to downsize.

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The original section of the home was built around 1930/40, expanding over the years to meet the needs of a growing family.

Although it’s a comfortable and spacious abode it does need to be brought into the 21st century. With huge rooms, high ceilings and fantastic bones it wouldn’t take too much.

The house has retained some art deco features including decorative ceilings, and I rather liked the kitchen with its country feel and plentitude of timber cupboards. And of course the floors are solid jarrah.

The original home and the newer section (probably built in the ‘70s) are joined by a wide atrium-style space, which a series of large skylights flood with light. The sense of conservatory is further enhanced by a massive wall of glass bricks.

A gargantuan lounge and equally large main bedroom can be found in the newer section.

There are sweeping river views and doors onto a balcony where the views just keep getting better.

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A “granny flat” bigger than many houses can be found downstairs, and of course it too has delightful views.

The garden seems to go on forever, from lovely terrace to lovely terrace.

A pool was filled in for a garden bed some years ago but one imagines it wouldn’t be too much trouble to do some excavating if the fancy took you. It’s certainly a beautiful spot for an infinity pool to gaze across the Swan.

Centrally located, with plenty of shops and cafes nearby, there are many practical reasons this home should be on your shopping list.

But to be told the Perth CBD is a “very quick boat trip away”—from your own boat, parked at the bottom of your own rambling riverfront manse—is surely the clincher.

These don’t come along too often. Grab while you can.

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25 Swan View Terrace, Maylands
Auction June 28, 2014
John Caputo | 0433 158 384

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