WITH East Perth railway station close at hand, daydreaming about travel would be a regular occurrence at this cute cottage on West Parade.
The famed Indian Pacific leaves the station a couple of times a week, sparking thoughts of east coast travel or linking up with the mighty Ghan, and you could fantisise about striking it rich in Kalgoorlie, as The Prospector chugs out of the station.
Back in the real world it’s a brief 15-minute train ride to the CBD for city workers, or nine if you want to jump on the deadly treadly.
Built in the early 1900s, this two-bedroom semi-detached cottage has plenty of heritage features including a fireplace in the lounge, high ceilings, jarrah floors and lovely ceiling roses.
A large skylight ensures the central lounge is bathed in natural light.
Jarrah gives way to dark-terracotta tiles in the open dining/kitchen area, which is equally bright, thanks to a bank of floor-to-ceiling, bifold doors.
Honey-gold woodgrain veneer adds a warm tone to the spacious kitchen, with its floor-to-ceiling pantry.
This home is well suited to an upwardly-mobile young couple, and entertaining is as simple as opening the bifold doors, which lead onto a timber-decked alfresco.
It’s sheltered on three sides and has a translucent cathedral ceiling, making this a great entertaining area.
The minimalist back garden has high fences and brick paving, and anyone with green fingers would be itching to liven it up with a riot of colourful plants and creepers.
The front garden, with its high brick and iron fencing, is also a bit devoid of greenery, but a couple of mature trees and sparse garden beds are a great starting point for a delightful space to sit and dream of distant travels.
Situated on the border of Perth, Highgate and Mt Lawley, you are within walking distance of the Beaufort Street strip, the Swan River foreshore and NIB Stadium.
by JENNY D’ANGER
55 West Parade, Perth
0413 610 660
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