BUILT in 1952 this three-bedroom apartment on York Street, North Perth offers a glimpse of a genteel time between the two great wars, and before Perth’s suburbs were transformed with a modernist post-war building boom.
Set on the complex’s second level, a stained-glass door opens onto a loungeroom steeped in art deco trimmings including a raw brick fireplace, jarrah plate rails and rich, chocolatey jarrah floors.
The fireplace has been converted to gas, while white plantation shutters are a modern touch that maintain the dignified ambience of this cosy space.
With climate control throughout, you’ll be snug as a bug whether it’s a thong-melter in February or a howler in July.
The main bedroom is off the lounge and has a cute semi-ensuite, where white walls and floor are off-set by a federation-style red and white check tiled floor.
Long, lean galley
Making the most of space, the kitchen is a long, lean galley style, with a sweep of golden pine tops, crisp white cupboards and drawers, a pantry under the stairs, and toffee-coloured cork-tile flooring.
Almost floor-to-ceiling stacker doors off the dining area lead out to a timber deck, which is just the shot for a bit of alfresco dining or relaxing.
It’s screened from the neighbours and has stairs down to the parking area.
The vendors tucked a couple of bedrooms under the eaves a few years ago in a very clever adaptation, including one with a long, window seat to spread out on for a spot of reading.
This is great inner-city living for a young couple, or retirees looking for a lock and leave – with room for the grandkids to visit.
York Street is in a golden triangle of cafe society with Fitzgerald and Walcott Streets in walking distance and a heap more shops and cafes a short drive away.
And of course the Perth CBD is a mere nine minute away by car – 15 if you want to jump on your bike.
by JENNY D’ANGER
5/34 York Street, North Perth
$599,000 to $650,000
0419 915 125