AS the heavy timber door closed, the traffic noise on Scarborough Beach Road went mute.
That’s when the peace and tranquility of this postcard-pretty cottage in North Perth shot it off the cuteness Richter scale.
Weatherboards and a bullnose verandah charm and beguile you the minute you walk through the automatic gates.
Built in the early 1900s there’s plenty of lovely jarrah on the floors, deep skirting and high ceilings, and an absolutely drop-dead gorgeous art nouveau fireplace in the lounge room.
Whether there are three bedrooms, or two and a study depend on the needs of the next owner.
I’d be tempted to use the lounge as a bedroom and turn the dining area into a family room. There’s certainly enough space in the kitchen for a dining table.
The recently renovated kitchen is at the heart of the home. It’s a generous central area, with a dining space that could be a family room.
It’s immaculate, with white timber drawers and cupboards including an almost floor-to-ceiling pantry.
The black tops in the sweep of preparation area contrast beautifully in this very modern space.
French doors off a small back vestibule lead out to a delightful courtyard, where a timber deck is protected by a peaked alsynite and corrugated tin roof and high, lime washed fences keep it a private sanctuary.
A row of espaliered lillypilly trees offer a soothing touch of green in this pleasant outdoor space, and cafe blinds ensure it’s a great spot to enjoy a dose of fresh air, no matter what the weather.
Sitting on 294sqm, this is a great abode for a couple, or retirees looking to downsize.
Close to Charles Street, it’s close to all the action, with a heap of cafes and shops in walking distance, including a fantastic cafe right across the road. And the city is a five minute drive away – or a short bus ride.
There’s undercover parking for two cars and a lock-up storage area.
by JENNY D’ANGER
28 Scarborough Beach Road, North Perth
0419 928 467