I’VE been hankering to check out one of Mt Lawley’s art deco apartments for ages, but they don’t come on the market too often. And seeing this Field Street abode I can see why people stay put so long.
Wandering through its lovely rooms it’s easy to imagine the ghosts of occupants past.
Perhaps one of Perth’s bright-young-things lived here in the 1920/30s, throwing parties for the in-crowd.
Around the same age as this three-bedroom abode, the nearby Astor Theatre would have been new and exciting and it’s easy to imagine friends congregating for drinks in the spacious central lounge before heading off to a show, then sitting down to a late supper in the adjacent dining room on their return.
In the warmer weather they would no doubt congregate on the generous verandah overlooking Walcott Street.
This lovely apartment is an only slightly scaled down version of the suburb’s grand old homes.
You’ll find soaring ceilings with gorgeous deco artwork, jarrah plate and picture rails, lovely leadlight in a number of doors, including the double ones between the lounge and dining rooms, a classic deco brick-fire place, and acres of aged jarrah floors.
The federation-tiled bathroom has what look likes some of its original fixtures gauging by the antique sink and taps.
And throughout the home most of the light switches are bakelite, put in when the apartments were built.
The kitchen is basic but functional, and new owners will probably want to give it a bit of a lift, but there’s plenty of room to titivate.
An atrium sitting area has been added to the rear, with a wall of timber-framed windows onto a raised garden, and a pleasant courtyard that’s just the spot for alfresco entertaining.
One of four apartments this ground-floor abode sits on an amazing 453sqm of land, with 144sqm of internal space, a 20sqm verandah, and 289sqm of your very own garden with mature trees, including a lemon and weeping mulberry, and a swathe of grass for a spot of croquet.
There’s parking for two cars, including a cute 1920s garage, but living this close to the Beaufort Street strip you can sell one and walk to just about anything you’ll need. And if you work in the city, grab a bus and you’re there in next to no time.
by JENNY D’ANGER
1a Field Street, Mt Lawley
0416 206 736
Acton Mt Lawley