THE Perth tram line extension in 1900 led to a building boom in Mt Lawley as lower middle-class workers flocked to the area.
The new residents included shopkeepers, and this Grosvenor Road home started life as a grocery store with living quarters at the rear.
These days the chic home is a sought-after-address for the upwardly mobile.
The original 1900 property quickly morphs into a funky 21st century home with a New York warehouse feel.
The old shop is now a bedroom with french doors that open onto a tiny private courtyard.
Flanking the bedroom is an uber-modern bathroom with a deep bath and separate shower.
Old world is left behind as you walk into the kitchen/dining area, which has floor-to-ceiling bifold doors that open onto an alfresco deck.
The kitchen is compact and ultra-functional with a polished concrete island, a sweep of stainless steel benches and a tall pantry.
Shaded by a massive deciduous robinia, the spacious alfresco deck is sheltered in summer and open to warming rays in winter.
The tree adds to the charm of the garden, which is a delightful private space for entertaining or just chilling out.
And when a lemon is needed for a G&T, just reach out and pluck one from the nearby mature tree.
Its branches hang over the high boundary wall, adding a touch of realism to a terrific laneway mural of a woman with leaves for hair.
And if you need more fresh air, the central lounge has access to another tiny courtyard.
The huge, second-level main bedroom is bright and spacious thanks to a wall of glass, protected from the harsh summer sun by the robinia’s dense foliage.
The bedroom has a walk-in-robe and a sleek modern en suite, with double waterfall-showers and double vanities.
With the city so close, there’s no end of shops and cafes within walking distance.
There’s also a bus route nearby, so the car probably won’t get out of the lock-up garage much.
By JENNY D’ANGER
45 Grosvenor Road, Mt Lawley
Pam Herron 0413 610 660
Jodi Darlington 0413 610 661