WE are in the hub of everything, but inside is a private sanctuary,” says the vendor of this Vincent Street, Mt Lawley home.
With a heap of cafes and the Beaufort Street entertainment strip a short walk away, the Perth CBD 10 minutes by car, and leafy Hyde Park on the corner, he’s right.
But it wasn’t location that had me itching for a peak inside what has been dubbed locally the “triangle house”.
Apart from its sharp, fresh lines, I love Robert Jenkins’ black and white mural, showing leaves drifting across a high wall in the wake of a flock of birds.
There’s a tiny dab of colour on the laneway side: “The little blue figure is in all of Robert’s work,” the vendor says.
Almost on the corner of William Street, the two-bedroom/two-bathroom home was designed to fit on just 180sqm.
It’s triangular, so architect Simone Robeson designed an alfresco area that juts out like the bow of a ship.
When it came to designing her own home she wanted to make a statement: “She started in London where there is so much urban infill…and she wanted to demonstrate you don’t need a big block,” her proud hubby says.
The result is a fantastic use of space and materials to create a generous, light-filled dwelling that is dramatically modern.
Polished concrete features throughout and is employed in the generous home office on the ground floor.
With an adjacent bedroom and ensuite it could easily be a second sitting area or a teenage pad.
Doors off the bedroom lead to a pleasant courtyard garden, with a mix of plants at the “pointy” end of the triangle.
Above the generous open dining/living/kitchen, glass doors lead out to an alfresco deck that resembled the prow of a ship.
It was tempting to recreate that classic Titanic moment – but with no “Jack” to hold me it didn’t seem worth the risk.
A sweep of black and white marble dominates the kitchen, with white cupboards and white-tiled splash back.
The spacious island bench steps down to create an elegant black and white marble dining table.
With all the bells and whistles necessary for today’s lifestyle, this amazing home really does prove you don’t need a big block – just a big imagination.
by JENNY D’ANGER
51 Vincent St, Mt Lawley
Offer by 4pm Monday
0415 662 622
NTY Property Group