To the manor born

PERTH architect Harold Boas—the man behind London Court and the old Swan Brewery—only designed a handful of private homes during his illustrious career.

One of them was a beautiful manor house on Alexander Drive in Menora, built in 1927 for a violin manufacturer.

The lounge’s stunning vaulted ceiling, punctuated with dainty plaster roses, was designed to have perfect acoustics for chamber music evenings.

On arriving I hope the guests paused in the vast vestibule to appreciate the gorgeous and intricate parquetry flooring.

Did a waiter hand them a sherry as they entered the lounge with its wonderfully carved Donnybrook stone fireplace, rich jarrah panelling and stunning leadlight doors and window?

This home boasts a mouthwatering number of period features, including lovely oak panelling in the formal dining room, a number of decorative and domed ceilings, and intricate lead light french doors and windows.

Two of the four bedrooms share a games room, or study, in the original section of the house.

Old melds seamlessly with new in a rear extension, creating a sweeping open plan with a bank of bifold doors to the alfresco area and pool.

Polished black granite shimmers with silver flecks in the huge kitchen, with its massive island bench and plethora of white drawers and cupboards.

Sitting on a whopping 943sqm lot, the garden is a generous space with raised beds and high fences.

An alfresco dining area over looks the pool and an extendable awning offers protection during Perth’s long hot summers.

The main bedroom, with its walk-in-robe and ensuite, is at the rear of the home, with french doors to the pool for a refreshing dip when the mercury soars.

This amazing home is walking distance to Mt Lawley High School, Edith Cowan University and the Alexander Park Tennis Club.

by JENNY D’ANGER

9 Alexander Drive, Menora
from $1.375 million
Pam Herron
0413 610 660
Jon Adams
0413 610 662
Beaufort Realty
9227 0887

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