Stylish and warm

THIS North Perth 4×2 home is gorgeous, and I reckon the right buyer could take it to a whole new level.

It’s perfect for an upwardly mobile family looking to get into something stylish but with enough homeliness to keep the kids from turning into spoiled brats.

The front of the house is late federation, with ornate cornices and ceilings and rich, dark jarrah floorboards underfoot, and there’s a rear extension which maintains the theme, including banks of lovely sash windows, but adds a few variations such as honey-coloured timber floors.

For me the highlight was the huge wrap-around verandah out the back, which I could see as home to a myriad of toys, bikes and projects in various stages of completion.

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Run wild

It’d be the perfect place to hang out with the paper and a cuppa while the kids run wild in the back yard. And with a 774sqm block, there’s plenty of room to run about.

The garden’s on the verge of needing some TLC, but there’s some great bones there, and with an enthusiastic green thumb it would be paradise. There’s already a head-high rhododendron aching for someone to nurse it back to splendour, and several mature trees.

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A veggie patch out by the clothesline is waiting for someone to bring it back to life, while there’s a nifty cubby house on stilts to get the kids up into the canopy.

All that and there’s still enough room to have a decent patch of grass for the kids and a pretty nifty paved area. I used to scoff at people with their paved backyard areas, thinking I was a lover of all things green – but then I had kids and discovered their love for things with wheels, which have a natural aversion to soft surfaces.

I also fell in love with the undercover washing line on the verandah – I know, it’s a small thing, but come winter our lounge room starts resembling a Chinese laundry and the clothes get more access to the heater than I do. Somewhere outdoors to hang them would be a blessing.

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Once daylight hours are over, haul the kids inside, where they can await their dinner in either the large family room next to the kitchen, or the original lounge room with the fireplace still intact.

With a well-appointed kitchen full of Smeg appliances, solid timber cupboards and an island bench overlooking the family room, that’s where I’d plump for plonking the kids. Keeping an eye on them during those crucial moments between playtime and dinner (commonly known as hell hour) is a must.

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There’s two big rooms at the front of the house, one with an ensuite, and two littler ones down the back.

There’s plenty of other modern extras, such as climate control in the living area, monitored alarm, and full reticulation for the gardens.

I’m not sure a car even drove by when I visited, and if it did I didn’t hear it, but tucked between Charles, Loftus and Walcott streets, it’s got great access to the rest of the city as well as public transport. But if you’re a petrol addict, there’s space for three cars.

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by STEVE GRANT

17 Selden St, North Perth
$1.15m
Steven Voros 0419 915 125
Abel McGrath 9208 1999

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