Green thumbs’ dream

PUT simply, this is a dream home.

A huge, immaculate Federation home in a quiet street between the funky Beaufort Street strip and the CBD, set on 1012sqm of gorgeous gardens boasting an A-Z of fruit; it doesn’t get better than this.

The deep, cooling green ivy covering the front fence, and the stone columns flanking the driveway set the scene for this stately five-bedroom home.

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Built just after the turn of the previous century, all the Federation-style features are intact, including a mix of exquisite tiled or jarrah fireplaces, ornate ceiling roses and cornices, huge rooms and wide jarrah floorboards.

Down the back of the house, a pretty sympathetic extension has added one of modern architecture’s better offerings; an open-plan kitchen, dining and lounge area with big windows to capture the northern light.

Compared to the grandeur of the original house it almost seems snug, but there’s still room for a big, formal three-seat sofa, a couple of armchairs, a big telly, and a table and chairs for six. The galley kitchen features an Ilve stove and plenty of bench space.

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Each of the bedrooms is gigantic – one is currently home to a grand piano – and they all come with working fireplaces in case Perth suffers through another prolonged winter.

Even the bathroom is a work of art, with a stunning timber and tile built-in cabinet with rose motifs, brass towel holders, a line of ornate tiling taking the wet area up to waist height, and the classic floor pattern of large brown/red tiles interspersed with small black tiles.

It’s the outside that lifts this property from the beautiful to the sublime.

The owner is a passionate green thumb and the garden is a vibrant and visual delight.

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I was immediately drawn to the brilliant orange of the cumquats, as there was a couple dozen jars of marmalade just begging to be picked.

There’s a veritable orchard in various stages of growth; a mulberry tree just hitting its straps, a stripling quince tree, mandarin, orange, fig and apple. A beautiful, mature lime tree wraps itself around the corner of the wide front verandah, making a nice private spot where you could simply lean over and pluck a garnish for a cocktail. The tree is so prolific, its produce is bagged up and put out on the verge for neighbours, who apparently regularly report back on their culinary efforts.

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There’s also a chook run and a substantial veggie patch and even an aquaculture set-up that’s up for negotiation if new owners are feeling like doing the whole The Good Life thing.

It’s a stunning property in a great area and deserves a committed owner. Come on Lotto.

by STEVE GRANT

32 Forrest Street, Mt Lawley
Expressions of Interest
Carlos Lehn | 0478 927 017
Paul Owen | 0411 601 420
Acton Mt Lawley | 9272 2488

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