A house is made with walls and beams, a home is built with love and dreams,” mused American philosopher Waldo Emerson.
Which made we wonder, how many and what kind of people have lived in this Emmerson Street home in North Perth?
Looking at its white picket fence, the character three-bedroom house would have seen some family drama over the years, including the dreams of newlyweds, and the love of children growing up.
Kids would have played on the street and at the nearby Smiths Lake Reserve, long before it was officially designated as parkland.
And mum no doubt hollered them in for dinner from the raised verandah.
With the arrival of television in Perth in 1960, the family would have surely gathered in the street-facing lounge, with its decorative art deco ceiling.
In winter the fire would have added a warm glow to the exciting, but cold, flicker of the black and white screen.
From the lounge, a connecting door leads to an open-plan kitchen/dining/family area.
The renovated kitchen is a compact, but not cramped, with an island bench creating additional bench and storage.
It’s a sparkling white space, with soft grey tops and a glowing jarrah floor.
The dining/family area has a bank of windows and doors opening onto a covered alfresco area, paved in recycled brick.
Subdivided to create two 257sqm blocks, there’s not a lot of garden, but there’s no shortage of parkland nearby, including Smiths Lake Reserve, which is almost on the doorstep, Charles Veryard Reserve, Leederville Oval and Beatty Park.
Positioned on the edge of the city this home has all the advantages of an urban lifestyle, including Leederville’s bustling entertainment scene.
by JENNY D’ANGER
1 Emmerson Street, North Perth
0419 915 125