THE grace and charm of old Mt Lawley is evident from the moment you arrive at this Federation home, on leafy Joel Terrace, and step onto the wrap-around verandah.
The river winks enticingly between between houses on the opposite side of the road, and the addition of a second storey would no doubt give delightful views.
Although with five bedrooms and formal lounge and dining rooms, you hardly need more space.
Elegant bay windows, with lovely stained glass, in the front two rooms look out over a lush front garden, an air of gentility enhanced by rich jarrah floors, ceiling roses and lovely decorative fireplaces.
The dining room is equally delightful, with some of the most beautiful art nouveau tiles around the old fireplace I’ve seen in a while.
The rear of the home is neat and tidy, but in need of a little love.
Nothing a sledgehammer couldn’t fix to create the sort of open spaces today’s modern family expect.
My fingers itched as I took in the kitchen and adjacent scullery area. Both are a good size, and in pristine condition, but would benefit from being opened up.
The nearby family room overlooks a pleasant garden, and the covered patio is bound to be a favourite spot for entertaining, or simply reading the paper over a leisurely Sunday breakfast.
An addition built a few years ago created a second house, with a couple of bedrooms, bathroom, a study and a very pleasant sitting area.
With its own stained-glass “front” door off the verandah it’s perfect for a granny flat, or for adult children who just won’t leave home. And why would they with such a great pad.
There’s a double garage off a sealed rear right of way and two secure car bays.
Sitting on a massive 736sqm, there’s no shortage of trees and space for the kids to play.
But to really let off steam the delightful Banks Reserve on the foreshore is a very short stroll away, or jump on your bike and enjoy stretches of foreshore bike paths in either direction.
by JENNY D’ANGER
131 Joel Terrace, Mt Lawley
from $1.685 million
0418 914 926
Acton Mt Lawley