I THOUGHT I knew the way to this First Avenue home, so I didn’t bother consulting a map and somehow ended up on the wrong side of the railway line.
On the plus side, cruising the leafy back streets of Mt Lawley was rather pleasant, and as my mum used to say, “we’re not lost, just somewhere we haven’t been before”.
As you open the gate to this three-bedroom home, the tone is set by a white picket fence, limestone terraced gardens, and an elegant, iron water fountain on a swathe of grass.
Built in 1911 this abode is a character delight, with leadlight windows, beautiful stained glass, jarrah floors, and soaring 3.3 metre ceilings, many with decorative roses.
One of the two street-facing bedrooms has leadlight french doors, opening onto a wide verandah, while the other bedroom has leadlight bay windows.
The owners were babysitting their grandchildren when I arrived and they looked cosy watching television in the central lounge, thanks to a gas fire in the original fireplace.
The smell of sausages cooking for lunch wafted out of the generous kitchen, which had a sweep of lacquered tops and white soft-close drawers.
Half-timber dado walls and federation tiles give this domestic space a character feel, enhanced by the gleaming black, industrial Falcon stove.
Stairs off the nearby dining area lead to a bar that would also make a great study.
Standing on the timber-decked alfresco, the white lattice and bamboo create a private oasis, cooled by a brass and rattan fan in the soaring timber ceiling.
It’s all very Somerset Maugham and reminiscent of Raffles Hotel in Singapore.
The owners are downsizing, so items like the large outdoor dining set and massive barbeque could be included in the sale.
Having lived here for 17 years, there’s not a lot they don’t know about the area, including how great the neighbours are:
“We are walking distance from the primary school, Edith Cowan University, Mt Lawley High School and Perth College.”
And to top it off, the Beaufort Street strip is at the bottom of their avenue.
by JENNY D’ANGER
94 First Avenue, Mt Lawley
0405 812 273
Acton Mt Lawley