Grand Lawley estate

IT looks gorgeous and I’m not sure I should give it to you.”

Clearly 25 Longroyd Street in Mt Lawley was a “keeper” in my colleague’s view and she wasn’t going to relinquish her reviewing rights unless I upped the ante in our horse trading over stories.

And she was spot on; this four-bedroom Californian bungalow on a stupendous block in a tremendous location was a treat to walk through and would make a simply wonderful home.

There’s a colourful bit of history apparently associated with the early 1920s home, with a neighbour who’s lived in the street for 70 years saying that Australia’s first female senator, Dorothy Tangney, once lived there. Some contest that claim, but if true this’d be the perfect place to be contemplating the affairs of state with visiting dignitaries.

It’s even got an elegant crescent drive past the front door where they could be dropped off in their chauffeured Rollses.

You, of course, would greet them from the cool shade of the wide verandah that skirts the home, treating them to high tea and small talk over the stunning gardens before retreating to the quiet interior for the serious negotiations.

Inside is a vision of beautiful timber and period features, such as the ornate brick fireplace in the stately parlour, high ceilings and decorative roses.

There was a great feeling of tranquility in the four queen-sized bedrooms, which occupy their own section of the house. A couple are interconnected by a renovated bathroom which would be perfect for someone with teen kids. My brood of light sleepers might never wake up given these rooms seem far from the hustle and bustle of the open plan kitchen/dining/family room that’s the real heart of the home.

The grounds are also magnificent and could be heritage-listed as a perfect example of genteel Mt Lawley; throughout the massive 1616 square metres are all the classic trees and plants that exemplified the development of the areas estates.

The palm tree is now so tall it was probably planted the same year the first bricks were laid, while the Norfolk Island pine is a grand and historic entry statement.

Out the back there’s room for an over-sized garage where you could probably store Bunning’s entire tool range, and you might never need to head back home given that it’s got its own studio with power and water tucked into the roof.

This is truly a special home and while it’s pretty spick and span as it is, I sense that there’s enough wriggle room for a decorator to really make it their own without harming the wonderful charm it brings.

by STEVE GRANT

25 Longroyd Street, Mt Lawley
Expressions of Interest by
Tuesday December 12.
Carlos Lehn | 0416 206 736
Natalie Hoye | 0405 812 273
Acton Mt Lawley | 9272 2488

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