THIS home in Whatley Crescent, Maylands offers a rare chance to live in the heart of the Eighth Avenue cafe strip, where you’ll find some of my all-time favourite cafes.
Whether elegant teas, scrumptious cakes or laid-back coffees, no arduous exercise is involved in getting to them from this three-bedroom abode.
Sitting on 453sqm there’s a variety of options, from simply moving in and enjoying the lifestyle, mixing business and home life with a home office by the front door, or turn the whole house into business premises (subject to council approval, of course).
The name Westonbury blazes proudly from the mellow brick wall under the wrap-around verandah — possibly where the original owners came from, or perhaps a family name.
Built in the in the early 1900s there’s plenty of heritage features with lovely ceiling roses, fireplaces and sash windows, and glowing jarrah floors.
The main bedroom’s ensuite is an immaculate federation tiled affair, accessed through a walk-in robe.
The living areas are housed in a huge rear extension with a soaring cathedral ceiling and a wall of glass that ensures this is a light-filled space on the gloomiest day.
Overhead an expansive mezzanine is a great area for a kids’ playroom or games room, or a second lounge. There’s even a cute door leading to a huge attic/loft making storage a breeze.
I loved the tiled splash-back in the generous kitchen, the bright colours and almost childlike look causing spontaneous smiling.
And the plethora of soft, honey-gold timber cupboards and drawers and a double angled pantry had me drooling.
A covered alfresco area is a pleasant spot for entertaining, or simply enjoying the outdoors and morning papers.
Stairs in the limestone retaining wall lead to an expanse of parking off a rear lane.
Although with everything necessary for life right on the doorstep, and the Maylands train station a two-minute amble away, you may want to do away with the expense of a car.
by JENNY D’ANGER
168 Whatley Crescent, Maylands
1pm, Saturday, September 12
Paul Owen | 0411 601 420
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