ENCHANTMENT abounds in this eclectic Coolbinia home, starting with the dramatic display of an enormous New Zealand Christmas tree’s aerial roots in one of two entry courtyards.
Fibrous roots like festoon lights create a magical glade where the echoes of children playing still resonate: “The kids used to swing on them, and with a chair and table underneath in summer it’s beautiful,” the owner says.
The original 1950s home was extended in the 70s by its then art dealer-owner into the sprawling four-bedroom/two-bathroom abode you see today.
Soaring three-metre timber doors guard the spacious entry with its jarrah skillion ceiling.
From here you can step down to the mother of all sunken lounge rooms, a vast entertainment area where terracotta tiles ensure an easy clean-up after a night of revelry.
Partly a gallery for the former owner, there are timber cornices to hang art works, and strategic down lights to show them off, along with a bar area and a very generous wine cellar.
Upstairs, winter sunlight warms a north-facing lounge, and rich jarrah floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and built-in cupboards add to the cosy ambience.
Black granite tops the heap of honey-gold timber cupboards and drawers in the spacious kitchen, and there’s a walk-in-pantry around the corner.
For formal dining a hatch opens onto the spacious dining room, where a bank of glass doors look out into the alfresco and lush garden.
For informal entertaining there’s a door for direct access between the kitchen and the huge covered alfresco.
“We have often had parties here and taken the screens off the laundry window and used it as a bar,” the owner says.
Three bedrooms form a wing on the western side of the home.
With a sitting room, a bathroom next door, and its own access, a fourth bedroom is perfect for an adult child not ready to fly the nest.
Sitting on a whopping 1059sqm there are spacious gardens at the rear and a sweep of lawn and flower beds, and courtyards at the front.
This lovely home is in the Mt Lawley Senior High and Coolbinia Primary School zone, and Edith Cowan University is just up the road.
by JENNY D’ANGER
11 Warralong Crescent, Coolbinia
0401 770 782
Acton Mt Lawley
open Sat (July 14) 2–2.40pm