ROWS of prunus cerasifera, or to given them their more catchy name crimson spire, add a beautifully dramatic backdrop to the courtyard of this Eleventh Avenue, Inglewood home.
Following the fence line you can see how the tree got its name, as the slender branches covered in lovely red-toned leaves stretch upwards like church spires.
In ecumenical fashion, some of the branches frame a giant Buddha water feature.
The agent tells me she’s just planted three of the ornamental plum trees outside her own house, because they are the perfect specimen for small gardens, like the one at this 260sqm property.
Just about everything in this modern and elegant three-bedroom home is perfect: from the glossy, milk chocolate timber floors and recessed ceilings to the contemporary bay window, framed by white shutters.
Plantation shutters can be found on all the many windows, giving this modern abode the look and feel of a modern holiday home in Spain.
The ground floor is designed for living the good life, with an open plan that stretches from a sunken lounge, protected by huge columns, to a spacious dining and kitchen, and a study area.
There’s black granite bench tops and a heap of white cupboards and drawers—including a double floor-to-ceiling pantry—in the sparkling kitchen.
Huge sliding glass doors lead to the covered alfresco, which provides easy access for pleasant Sunday morning brunches or convivial summer barbecues.
Black wrought iron girds the timber stairs, which lead to the second level bedrooms, including the spacious main.
The shuttered windows follow the line of the soaring cathedral ceiling, framing a balcony with views of the leafy streets beyond, including a heap of jacarandas about to burst into glorious purple blossom.
Less than 250 metres from Beaufort Street, this home is close to cafes, restaurants and shops.
Inglewood Primary School is just up the road and the Perth CBD is a mere 12 minutes drive.
Or use the 12 minutes to walk to the Maylands train station and leave the car in the garage.
by JENNY D’ANGER
24 Eleventh Avenue, Inglewood
0405 812 273
Acton Mt Lawley