RAW brick, industrial roof lines, huge steel doors and massive girders, the Maltings in North Perth took out numerous awards for its mix of heritage and development.
“A first-rate example of urban renewal because of its blend of heritage and history with modern living,” Development Institute of Australia judge Peter Lanigan said in 2006.
New buildings rub shoulders with old ones (including the brewery’s stables) in this mix of apartments and townhouses.
The industrial grunge of the warehouse conversion mixes with gorgeous, and at times quirky, landscaping.
There’s a private museum, a vast space of huge timber beams and equipment, and the commodious community lounge and kitchen still has a giant hopper and a couple of roasting ovens.
Bring your mates around for a barbie by the pool and show off some of North Perth’s unique history between dips.
The huge communal area also boasts a sauna and gym, and a conference room for those working from home.
Apartment 8 is the perfect inner-city starter for those on the first rung of the executive ladder, or perhaps retirees looking for a lock and leave.
Life doesn’t get much simpler with a lower level bedroom and bathroom/laundry and upper level living, each with a balcony.
The pleasant open-plan is found on the second level, where a wall of glass onto the balcony overlooks the pool and spa and beautifully sculptured gardens, which with a central fountain and manicured hedging is reminiscent of a pocket-sized Versailles.
The apartment’s kitchen is compact rather than squeezed, with lovely biscuit-coloured timber-look cupboards, a floor-to-ceiling double pantry, and stone-tile floors.
New owners will be forgiven for daydreaming at the sink, with views of another lovely garden, currently a blaze of autumn reds and golds.
And for romantic dinners for two, there’s the small balcony overlooking Versailles.
The apartment has undercover parking for one car in the well-secured grounds.
by JENNY D’ANGER
38/65 Palmerston Street, Perth
0412 427 877