MY green thumb instinctively reached for my holstered secateurs, but of course I wasn’t pottering, I was reviewing this Lacey Street home.
The four-bedroom cottage is classic early 1900s with bullnose verandah and a decorative finial capping on the peaked roof and I could’t help but think lawn and a bank of roses would suit it more than the semi-native garden spilling in all directions.
Once inside period harmony was restored and all was as it should be, with a gingerbread-house confection plaster arch in the long hall, a flow of age-mellowed jarrah, lovely ceiling roses, deep skirting and a trio of coal fireplaces.
All the bedrooms are in the original section of the home, where intriguingly the two bathrooms are side by side, one pristine white, with a claw-foot bath and pedestal sink, the other with federation tiles.
A stylish study/library joins old with new with an interesting, partially frosted glass wall creating a peaceful sanctuary that doesn’t feel shut in.
The modern open plan’s crisp white walls and white kitchen contrast with the rich chocolate brown of its jarrah floors, and the area is awash with light from a plentitude of windows and glass doors.
There’s room for everyone to lend a hand in the generous kitchen, with its sweep of white stone bench tops, and bank of almost floor-to-ceiling pantries.
When it comes to meals alfresco, head out to the very private rear courtyard garden.
The oldest passionfruit vine I’ve every seen drapes and curls across the yard and the Perth skyline peeps over high fencing.
And if you’re caught short there’s an old outdoor loo.
With an R80 mixed-use title this lovely old home, sitting on 304sqm, could easily be converted into a offices, or move the family in for inner-city living close to a variety of eateries and just around the corner from NIB Stadium.
Depending on who gets in at the March election you could even have a local inner-city high school to send the kids to.
With the CBD a mere 2.2ks away they could bike there in nine minutes.
Surprisingly it takes longer by car at 12 minutes, then of course there’s finding parking.
by JENNY D’ANGER
15 Lacey Street, Perth
0433 118 353
Acton Mt Lawley