Sling Singapore, this is real glamour

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I was deeply disappointed when I visited Singapore’s Raffles Hotel in the 1990s.

I’d visited aeons ago and its faded elegance oozed imagined drama and intrigue.

That colonial heritage is now a sanitised Disney experience that no doubt would have earned the ire of famous guests such as Ernest Hemingway and Somerset Maugham.

Shuddering as I realised the bar in which the famous authors sipped Singapore slings had been moved to a shopping mall, I decamped forthwith.

Pukkah delight

This Walter Street, East Fremantle home on the other hand was a pure pukkah delight from the minute I climbed the stairs to the elevated verandah and covered porch.

There’s something very colonial about this elegant space where you can imagine sitting on warm evenings, wafted by gentle breezes and sipping a tall, cool glass of something exotic.

The beautiful, double lead light doors of the main bedroom open onto this area, enhancing the feel of a colonial hotel–somewhere glamorous and alluring.

The home, sitting on 398sqm, was built in the 1940s and is full of art deco charm, from the lead light doors of the entry hall, to a very deco fireplace and lovely ornate ceilings.

Rich jarrah floors flow like chocolate through the entire home and the lounge, dining and kitchen meld seamlessly one into the other.

The spacious kitchen is a thoroughly modern domain gleaming with black granite bench tops (including an island bench), rich red/brown cupboards and sparkling stainless steel appliances.

The second bedroom of this two-bed home is a charming double, with a study that could also be a gentlemen’s dressing room.

There’s a small but pleasant courtyard garden at the rear but I’d be spending my time out the front, overlooking the lovely garden to the tree-lined street. or checking out the many shops, restaurants and cafes, or strolling along the river.

by Jenny D’Anger

7A Walter St, East Fremantle
Julie Forrest 0428 821 338
Ross & Galloway Property 9333 5999

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