AS newlyweds in 1986 the vendors of this Fifth Avenue, Mt Lawley home were given advice as solid as bricks and mortar.
“[To] buy the worst house in the best street we could afford.”
They needed somewhere central to the city and the tired old home on the corner of Fifth and Carrington fitted the bill: “It was very run down and very unfashionable.”
Young, in love, and with boundless energy, they kicked off a first round of renovations, designed to suit the needs of the soon-to-arrive little feet.
As often happens, it seemed next to no time before they were rowdy teenagers and more room was needed, so a second level with three bedrooms and a small open study was added.
“So that the children could have their ‘very messy’ space upstairs and leave us parents downstairs in peace.”
Now a five-bedroom home, an expansive open plan living/dining/kitchen was added for the grown-ups, with stylish black granite bench tops, and plenty of off-white cupboards and soft-close drawers.
French doors lead out to the garden with its limestone raised garden beds, where a couple of large, leafy trees make for a relaxing (covered) alfresco area.
The colourful tiles on the huge pizza oven were created by a friend of the vendors, and the 1936 penny affixed to it was found during renovations.
“We spent many hours discussing how this penny had come to be under the verandah…how much it was worth then and the length of time it had been there,” the vendors say.
As you’d expect from a house of this vintage there’s mellow jarrah floors, stained glass windows, old coal fireplaces, deep skirtings and delicate ceiling roses in the original section.
A central lounge separates old worlde from the very modern living area, which is a dignified room for quiet contemplation in front of fire on these cold nights.
Centrally located, there’s no shortage of cafes and shops nearby, the lovely Mt Lawley Primary School is just around the corner and the local high school and Edith Cowan are walking distance.
by JENNY D’ANGER
24 Fifth Avenue, Mt Lawley
auction Saturday July 16, 2.30pm
0405 812 273
Acton Mt Lawley
open Sat and Sun June 25–6, 2–2.40pm