WHEN Joseph Hardey and his band of Wesleyan Methodists took up land on the Maylands peninsula in 1830 you can bet there was a heartfelt “thank the Lord”.
Months travelling from Blighty aboard the small sailing ship Tranby, with 37 passengers, 14 crew and an assortment of livestock was no doubt cramped, while the lack of proper loos and bathing opportunities wouldn’t have improved their mood.
But either Hardey had a warped sense of humour, or things weren’t as bad as I imagine, because his heritage-listed home is named after the ship.
There’s no sense of cramped quarters in this three-bedroom/two-bathroom abode on Tranby Road, just up the road from Joe’s old place.
Cream-rendered exterior walls, a pitched roof topped by a timber finial, and a turret-like blue second-storey lend something of an old world look from the street.
But inside everything is pure modernity, from the sweep of honey-gold timber floors to the light-filled spaces of the open-plan family/dining/kitchen.
More golden timber fronts the cupboards, including a double pantry, in the galley-style kitchen with its attractive blue-tiled splash back.
Two sets of floor-to-ceiling doors and windows open onto a paved alfresco area, protected from the searing summer sun by shade sails.
There’s a swathe of grass for the kids to play, a water feature, and an assortment of shrubs and trees, including a lemon and an olive.
The garden is looking a tad tired at the moment, but spring is just around the corner and a little TLC would easily make this generous space a delightful oasis.
Two of the bedrooms and the bathrooms are on the second level, including a spacious main, with walk-in-robe and ensuite.
Floor-to-ceiling windows ensure there’s no shortage of natural light.
Sitting in the Peninsula Estate there are kilometres of beautiful river walkways to enjoy.
Or wander up to Tranby House to reconnect to the area’s rich history, and enjoy tea and cake at the tearooms.
by JENNY D’ANGER
20 Tranby Road, Maylands
Buyers in the $800,000s
0411 601 420
Acton Mt Lawley