THE carpet cleaner didn’t bat an eyelid when I rocked up early to the otherwise empty house on Salisbury Street, Bayswater.
He simply requested that I didn’t walk on the carpets, then regaled me with his travel stories as I waited for the agent.
Avoiding the damp carpets was easy as I stuck to the gorgeous, golden-brown Tasmanian oak floors that flow from the front entry hall into the open plan.
When the owner arrived, she too talked of travels and what a great lock-and-leave her home has been.
With three-bedrooms, two bathrooms, a separate lounge/sitting room, generous open plan and a pleasant, low maintenance back yard and faux lawn, it really is a great family home.
A heap of tall windows in the kitchen/dining/family room ensure there’s plenty of natural light.
And keeping an eye on the kids while they play in the garden or watch cartoons on the telly is child’s play from the spacious open kitchen.
There’s a sweep of bench tops and stacks of soft close drawers and cupboards, including a large, double pantry.
After dinner, head out to the covered alfresco to enjoy Perth’s wonderful summer evenings while you eat.
Attractive high fencing is fronted by a veritable forest of young lilly pilly trees, and their big cousin dominates a central garden bed.
The main bedroom is a generous space with walk-in-robe, and ensuite with double vanities.
The other bedrooms are doubles with built-in-robes, and a study at the front of the home could easily be a fourth bedroom.
The 748sqm block was subdivided 11 years ago, one of the first in the area to offer a double frontage, rather than a battle axe.
The owner watched and waited.
“I thought it is a really nice street and I stalked [the agent] and bought it when it opened.”
Ten years on, the only regret is moving.
“We have beautiful neighbours who look out for each other and there’s a choice of bus or train to the city.”
She also likes that the home is close to the Maylands and Beaufort Street strip.
“And Little King William Street is coming up too.”
By JENNY D’ANGER
40a Salisbury Street, Bayswater
Pam Herron 0413 610 660
Jon Adams 0413 610 662
Open Saturday January 13, 2–2.40pm