ROSLYN” is emblazoned across the front of this art deco complex in Mt Lawley.
Was she the daughter of the developer? A long lost love? Or perhaps one of the “bright young things” of the 1930s?
Outside, a path lined with gorgeous flowers leads to an arched portico that wouldn’t look out of place in The Great Gatsby.
The interior of this apartment is as original as it gets, with art deco jarrah door frames, plate rails and stunning decorative ceilings.
One of three bedrooms has a large sash window opening onto the sheltered, lush portico.
Lead-light doors either side of the central lounge ensure it’s cosy in winter, and being on the ground-floor it’s cool in summer.
The third bedroom is currently a dining room, where huge ornate, bevelled-glass mirrors (included in the sale) face each other, creating a Citizen Kane infinity effect.
The owner was so delighted with the original kitchen she simply had the cupboards repainted, the benches topped with black granite, and installed a black retro-looking stove.
A set of french doors in the hall is embossed with the words “dining room”, but they don’t actually lead there.
“It’s the dining room to nowhere,” the owner says, enjoying her own practical joke.
The bathroom has been given a thoroughly modern face-lift.
An enclosed rear verandah creates a pleasant sun-room: “It’s gorgeous in winter because it’s north facing.”
There’s a third sitting area off the sun-room, sheltered by an overhead balcony, a small garden and a heap of pot plants.
Situated on Walcott Street, this two-storey apartment complex is close to all the shops, cafes and restaurants on the Beaufort Street strip.
by JENNY D’ANGER
5/94 Walcott Street,
offers over $629,000
0478 927 017
Acton Mt Lawley