THE history of this Raglan Road, Mt Lawley home is written on its walls.
Well at least on the dining room wall, a huge wall-paper mural of images of the area, overlaid with a map of the district—and newspaper articles documenting the home’s past.
I was here a year or so ago, but barely recognised what is now an even lovelier four-bedroom/three-bathroom Federation home.
The original section has been lovingly restored to its former glory, with soaring ceilings, decorative roses, deep skirting, fireplaces and glowing timber floors.
Colourful stained-glass flowers twine around the solid front door. And the crisp white of the long entry hall is softened by cornices painted a deep, rich coral red.
The central lounge is a dignified space for quiet contemplation in front of a particularly lovely tiled fireplace. And for a breath of fresh air french doors lead to the wrap-around verandah, a private space, tucked behind cream lattice.
Take your pick when it comes to a main bedroom with one on the ground floor and another upstairs equally fitting the bill.
The downstairs one overlooks the gorgeous, lush front garden. With a spacious ensuite and a generous walk-in-robe this appears to be the main one.
But head upstairs and you’ll find an equally large bedroom, with its own sitting room, with glimpses of city tower blocks.
A semi-open ensuite (with a separate toilet) means this is a great parent’s retreat, a guest wing, or for a university student living at home.
A collection of cute timber doors in the bedroom and sitting room lead to a swathe of attic storage.
The rear of the house has been reconfigured to create an elegant open living/dining/kitchen that respects the heritage of the home (there’s an original fireplace in the lounge area), while creating a thoroughly modern space.
French doors off the dining area lead to a sheltered alfresco area protected from the weather by a roofed patio and a high brick wall.
The vendor loves to entertain and this was to the fore when she designed the kitchen, a generous space with acres of white caesar stone benches.
One is lower than the rest, and much, much deeper, designed to hold a pie warmer and other paraphernalia for parties.
But it’s not unusual for dinner guests to perch, wine in hand, while their host whips up a feast.
Eating out is as easy as eating out, with the Walcott/Beaufort Street strip mere minutes away on foot.
by JENNY D’ANGER
28 Raglan Road, Mt Lawley
EOI from $1.395 million
Carlos Lehn 0416 206 736
Acton Mt Lawley 9272 2488