THE cream stucco work and perfect tuck-pointed red brick wall above it kind of looked authentic 1920s, but there was just something that made me think this Rookwood Street home was more than greets the eye.
And it seems I was right, as it’s more than a sum of its parts with an original single-storey Californian bungalow blossoming into a five-bedroom abode that mixes early 20th century grace with 21st century modernity.
Original leadlight doors and bay windows stretch across the front of the home, giving access to the street-facing verandah.
The formal dining room has double sliding doors with cute narrative stained glass, a fisher on one side and a sailing boat and lighthouse on the other.
A circular window relocated from the dining room to take pride of place in a self-contained apartment is the third part of
With a generous lounge/dining room and kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and its own access it’s ideal for ageing parents, or grown up kids who won’t leave home.
Jarrah floors are a glorious rich red/brown throughout the old section of the house, and the old coal fire in the formal dining room has been replaced with a replica, gas-powered version.
There’s been attention to detail as the extension grew, so the deep skirting, decorative door and window frames, and ceiling roses all match.
The only 1920s touch in the huge kitchen is the lovely black and white federation tiling, the rest is a thoroughly modern zone with black granite benchtops, white soft-close drawers and a spacious walk-in-pantry.
And the adjacent laundry is so big it could double as a butler’s pantry.
Floor-to-ceiling glass doors off the dining/family area lead out to a delightful covered alfresco area.
It’s protected on three sides, so anyone sitting on the timber deck — entertaining or chilling — is sure to hit relaxation nirvana.
Four of the bedrooms and a study/sitting area are on the upper level, including a parents’ wing, with a huge bedroom and a street-facing balcony overlooking Memorial Park and Mt Lawley Bowling Club.
The vendors clearly like ceiling roses (and who doesn’t) because there’s a couple in the bedroom, one in the “his and hers” walk-in-robes, one in the lovely red and white-tiled federation ensuite, and even a dainty one in the loo.
by JENNY D’ANGER
15 Rookwood Street, Mt Lawley
from $1.995 million
0418 920 672
0422 678 144
Irving & Keenan Real Estate