Love at first sight

CUTE doesn’t begin to describe this Harold Street home, and you’ll fall in love the minute you open the gate of its white picket fence.

A wide verandah fronts the circa 1900 weatherboard cottage, and overlooks the paperbarks along the street and a delightful cottage garden – complete with soothing water feature.

Inside is everything you’d expect of a home of this vintage; rich jarrah floors, high ceilings and ceiling roses, and a couple of stunning ornate fireplaces.

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The one in the central lounge is particularly lovely with elaborate carving in the jarrah mantle and some of the most beautiful art nouveau tiles I’ve seen around a working coal fire. (Which did have me wondering if the local hardware store stocks coal).

All four of the bedrooms are in the front section, including one with a pressed tin ceiling presently used as a study.

A ski-slope of dainty, white pressed tin soars overhead in the rear of the home, which houses an expansive kitchen and family room.

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It’s even in the bathroom, with its slate floor and free-standing clawfoot bath.

Roll your sleeves up for the kitchen, a thoroughly modern space with plenty of old world appeal.

White timber cupboards (including a pantry) and a sweep of pine benches overlook the family room, where a bank of casement-style windows and doors open onto a lush garden.

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Aged-mellowed jarrah stairs lead down to the family room, the faint indent of many feet over many years adding to its charm.

Sitting on 462sqm the garden is a lush oasis with trees aplenty and dense plantings, which make for a relaxed and private alfresco area, whether sitting under the covered patio, or relaxing in the spring sunshine in an island of paving amid the trees.

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This delightful home is a mere 90 metres from the Beaufort Street strip where you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to dining out, coffee with friends or shopping.

Or hop on a bus and you’re in the Perth CBD in mere minutes.

Hyde Park is walking distance and Sacred Heart Primary School is even closer.

by JENNY D’ANGER

170 Harold Street, Mt Lawley
auction Saturday November 12, 2.30pm
Natalie Hoye
0405 812 273
Acton Mt Lawley
9272 2488 

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