ELSTREE Film Studios is known as the birthplace of Star Wars, and over its 87 years has been the studio of choice for legendary directors such as Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas.
Well, any director looking for a picture-perfect setting for a wholesome family movie, perhaps with a dog and happy, contented children, may well yell “Action!” when they see his home in Elstree Avenue, Menora.
From the street it exudes gingerbread cottage appeal, with its arched portico, peaked roof pitches and lovely lead light windows.
There’s even the perfect shape and sized living Christmas tree in the delightful front garden just waiting to be decorated, and the glorious roses are so perfect they make your teeth ache.
Everywhere you look in this gorgeous four-bedroom/two-bathroom home you’ll see decorative lead light doors and windows (including a couple of bayed ones), sparkling like Christmas decorations, even in the addition.
There’s no shortage of original bakelite, from light switches to door handles on a couple of cute jarrah linen cupboards.
Throw in a picture rails, a couple of fireplaces and plenty of ornate ceilings and you’re in art deco heaven.
The rear extension, however, is pure 21st century, albeit designed to complement the home’s heritage. It’s a sweeping space with floor-to-ceiling jarrah-framed doors and windows.
Crisp white cupboards and drawers in the generous kitchen contrast with the red-brown of slender twin, jarrah pantries flanking the stove.
A huge hatch overlooks the spacious family/dining area through to the lush garden of this 910sqm property.
Kicking back on the covered patio it was easy to lose track of time as this secluded oasis, with its lovely mature trees worked its magic. You’d barely know you had neighbours from this vantage point.
There’s a swathe of grass for kids to play, and the peaked-roofed timber garden shed is too cute for words.
Elstree Ave is close to a slew of shops and eateries, so much so when I asked the vendor for a recommendation for lunch the choice was so vast she floundered to select just one.
Coolbinia primary school is two streets away, and Mt Lawley Senior High School and Edith Cowan University are just down the road.
16 Elstree Avenue, Menora
0401 770 782
Acton Mt Lawley