YOU can tinker with your motorbike, but for some real Zen, you can’t beat staring at fish.
My three-year-old went to some higher plane when she discovered the small fish pond in the rear courtyard of this beautifully renovated federation terrace home. Usually a fidgety chatterbox, she became as mute and motionless as a statue of Buddha while watching their gentle to and fro. With the tinkle of water splashing from the tiled water feature into the pond, and a neat assortment of leafy, hanging baskets and frilly trees, I can see why the owner loves to escape here and find her inner peace.
In fact, she’s deliberately set out to give this two-bedroom home a zen feel, and while that’s obviously got a lot to do with decoration, its elegant bones certainly help.
A long, high-ceiling hallway sets the scene, with its cool white walls and rich, wide timber floorboards perfect for a mini art gallery that can set whatever mood you want to give the house.
The two original bedrooms are at the front, the first still featuring a beautifully renovated cast iron fireplace with timber surround, which still has what looks like the original green tiles that were a feature of the early 1900 homes. There’ll be no more fires in it, somewhat sadly, as it’s been relegated to a decoration nowadays by the reverse cycle air-con.
What was once the rest of the house out the back got a make-over during its second renovation, and the hallway now links the old section to an addition that keeps the stylings but allows for modern convenience.
There’s a large dining room with another restored fireplace (this one’s been given a gas make-over) and then through to a stylish bathroom.
Out the back the kitchen’s gorgeous, and it looks over the lounge into the tranquility of the rear courtyard, making it the perfect for preparing meals and then serving them up to some guests (thereby chalking up some karma points).
There’s a garage out the back with some overhead storage space, and to finish off the topographical map there’s a nice porch and front courtyard where you can enjoy the birdlife in a beam of morning sunshine.
Carr Street’s also in a great location, with quick access to either the city, Leederville, Subiaco or North Perth.
All up, the land’s on 230sqm making it a nice, compact space.
by STEVE GRANT
93 Carr Street, West Perth
Offers over $769,000
Susy Kohn team
0407 050 457