THE history of this gorgeous two-storey federation town house is a domestic one, traced through the pages of Perth’s once many newspapers in gentler times.
Daughter of the house Miss Ethel Philp gets quite a few mentions in The West Australian either for winning Highland dancing championships, or giving dance lessons from her home in the early 1900s.
One of Perth’s beautiful people, her engagement to William Sheehan made it into the Daily News in 1916, and the wedding was reported in the Sunday Times.
A few years later the happy couple’s return from a “pleasant” holiday on Rottnest Island even rated a mention in the Mirror.
The elegance and refined dignity of this four-bedroom/two-bathroom home continues a tradition of genteel living in a more hectic world, and the moment you step into the spacious entry a sense of peace descends.
My favourite room was the one I dubbed the library, for its shelves of books and big old comfy chair in a corner by the full-length sash windows. You’ll have to provide your own chair, but what a spot to curl up for a good read.
Soaring four-metre ceilings, decorative cornices, ceiling roses and lovely fireplaces abound, and aged jarrah floors flow like a river of chocolate throughout the downstairs.
Formal lounge and dining rooms, a bathroom and a kitchen make up the rest of the ground floor.
The kitchen is huge, with particularly attractive black and white granite bench tops, and room for a small table and chairs.
A very pleasant garden, sheltered by a couple of huge trees in neighbouring yards, is just the spot for alfresco living.
Most of the bedrooms are upstairs where aged Baltic pine floors glow honey gold.
One is presently a delightful sitting room, with glass doors onto a verandah from which the city skyline is tantalisingly close.
All the delights Perth has to offer are almost on the doorstep of this Bulwer Street home, with the Beaufort Street strip just around the corner and Lord and William Streets a short walk away.
And for sports fans Perth Oval is almost across the road.
by JENNY D’ANGER
60 Bulwer Street, Perth
Low to mid-million
Wayne Heldt | 0433 118 353
Acton Mt Lawley | 9272 2488