Vintage stunner

WHAT a stunner!

This art deco home looked gorgeous as I walked up the wide, red-bricked path, and it got better and better as I took a tour.

Built in the 30s, it was clearly not one for the hoi polloi; it featured it’s own room for a newfangled telephone (Perth was still Morsing telegraphs east until the 30s) and had a built-in garage (a rarity as only a quarter of families back then owned a car).

The first impression you get inside is of grandeur, with a wide passage of exquisite decorative jarrah fretwork arches and floorboards drawing your eye past room after room until you reach the library, where a shelf full of books invites you in (you’ll have to provide your own bookshelf and reading list, but it does give the place such a ritzy feel).

Jarrah was also used extensively through the house in the picture rails, and with decorative ceiling roses complete the picture of elegant living.

The rear of the houses has been added onto extensively, but so seamlessly you need a guide to point out where old meets new. It means the house currently stands at a healthy 392sqm.

But when you’ve got an incredibly generous 1315sqm block to expand in, you can afford to be a bit expansive.

I’m going to bet the original kitchen was a touch more modest than the updated version, despite the home’s classy background; the golden Italian granite benchtops are unlike anything I’ve ever seen and according to the vendor it seems to have disappeared from the market.

There’s a load more jarrah on the cupboards to ensure you’ve enough storage for any utensil you can imagine, while I was particularly taken by the hidden nooks around the stove for those bits and pieces you always want at hand.

The four bedrooms are all huge and light, while the main features a great layout where the walk-in-robes and en suite are tucked around the corner, so there’s no unsightly doors. There’s also a bay window overlooking the back verandah which would just catch some filtered light to make it perfect for snuggling in with one of the books from the library.

There’s a formal lounge, two dining rooms and plenty of storage to complete the gorgeous deco picture, and out the back there’s a large, landscaped yard.

By STEVE GRANT

1 Melrose Crescent, Menora
$1.595m
Toby Baldwin 0418 914 926
Professionals Michael Johnson and Co
9370 7777

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