HOMES like this Hill View Road beauty were made to last, and having survived two World Wars, the Depression and the 1968 Meckering earthquake—it’s set to turn 100.
Amazingly it’s had just two owners since it was built in 1919 for successful businessman James Vincent.
Which is perhaps why the four-bedroom abode has survived virtually intact: right down to the original brass pull bell at the front door, which I can confirm still works, and a maid’s room off the kitchen.
There were some modernisations a few years ago including the generous kitchen and bathroom, but the old home retains the charm of its era.
Soaring four-metre high ceilings are beautifully decorative and there’s an abundance of lovely fireplaces and deep skirting.
The cavernous entry is as big as some modern apartments, and under the carpet, jarrah floor boards are just waiting to be restored.
The original flocked wallpaper in the dining room is in very good condition, except for some small worn patches where the children of the owners curled up on seats in the recessed windows to read a book by the fire.
Next door is a smaller room dubbed the breakfast room, where the maid would have served lighter meals.
In winter the fire would have been crackling, and in summer the french doors to the balcony opened.
The huge formal lounge also has a fireplace and a large bay window with built-in seating. Most of the bedrooms have french doors opening onto the wide, wrap-around verandah.
The rear garden is a bit neglected, but with 1518sqm there’s plenty of scope to work with, including a massive oak tree the original owners brought back from Wales as an acorn.
The original toilet, complete with a working cistern and chain, and the old laundry, with a triple concrete sink and wood-fired copper, are in solid-brick, outbuildings.
And the double garage has an inspection pit; harking back to the days when people serviced their own cars.
This amazing home blends effortlessly with Mt Lawley’s leafy streets and presents a rare opportunity to be part of WA’s heritage.
by JENNY D’ANGER
14 Hill View Road, Mt Lawley
auction Saturday, March 17, 11am
0418 920 672
0422 678 144
Irving & Keenan Real Estate