I WAS instantly smitten by the promo shot for this Mt Lawley home featuring a cute pooch peering out the front gate.
I quickly discovered there’s loads more to love about this federation-era house on Barlee Street.
There’s the bullnose verandah and stained glass front door, the beautiful jarrah floors, ceiling roses and fire places, and the sense of history infused in walls more than 100 years old.
The adorable fluffy white dog quietly followed as I checked out the street-facing lounge, four bedrooms and federation-style bathroom in the original section of the home.
By the time I got to the kitchen – where old and new meld in perfect harmony in a sprawling open plan – he lost interest, wandering off for pats from the estate agent.
Natural light pours into the long, lean, galley-style kitchen, thanks to a huge skylight.
Jarrah floors glow amidst pale-grey cupboards and there’s a huge island bench with an olive-flecked granite top.
Space won’t be a problem with a floor-to-ceiling, dual, pull-out pantry, and there’s a lovely glass splash-back behind the induction stove.
Stepping down into the open plan, all is serene and it’s a cosy place for contemplation.
But I’m betting the room that gets the most use is the huge, all-year-round entertaining area.
With a built-in-barbecue kitchen and glass walls either end, this room really is “all weather”.
Bifold doors lead to a covered alfresco, where you could entertain a couple of football teams and still not feel cramped.
For quieter times there’s a swathe of grass in the pleasant but low-maintenance garden, which is protected by high fences. A rear lane provides access to two garages.
Situated almost in the heart of the Beaufort Street strip, this home offers an inner-city lifestyle in a quiet location.
Forrest Park is a couple of minutes’ walk away and the lovely Banks Reserve is close by.
You can catch a bus on Beaufort St and you’re in the CBD in 15 minutes; or get on your bike and be there in ten.
by JENNY D’ANGER
9 Barlee Street, Mt Lawley
0413 610 660
0413 610 661
The Agency (formerly Beaufort Realty)