An enduring childhood memory is the pleasure of walking home each day from primary school for lunch.
In a distant time when parents didn’t think kids might dissolve if rain touched them, I would don a raincoat and head home to be greeted by the smell of soup cooking on the stove.
Tree-lined streets provided shade in summer when lunch was sandwiches, washed down by cold water, not sugar-laden soft drinks.
This Redmond Road, Hamilton Hill home is only a bit older than the home I grew up in and it had me thinking of my childhood.
Perhaps it was the local primary school being just down the road.
The three-bedroom/two-bathroom abode has undergone many a facelift over the years, which no doubt included ripping out carpet and lino to expose the lovely old jarrah floors.
More recently the kitchen was given the same treatment, turning it into a cooking space to be reckoned with.
Gorgeous black granite on the benches and central island, and solid timber cupboard doors create a thoroughly modern domain.
German engineering is behind a series of tall, slender pull out pantries—and a smaller one just for herbs and spices.
This area has been opened to create an open living/dining/kitchen area, with sliding double doors to shut off the lounge at will.
The main bedroom is a spacious room with a stylish ensuite.
High walls facing the street create a lovely courtyard front garden. With a peaked roof over the verandah this is a great spot to enjoy the sunshine in winter over coffee and the paper.
But in these scorching months, with 809sqm of land, you can bet there’s the lush backyard, with plenty of trees and a grape-covered pergola.
Former owners planted the copious, and heavily fruiting, vines that are everywhere—and transformed the grapes into wine in the cellar under the garage.
This is the sort of place you could just move into, do nothing to and feel right at home.
Or you could turn the rear garage (there’s one at the front too) into a huge family room with relative ease.
Stock up on raincoats and move in with the kids.
by JENNY D’ANGER
64 Redmond Rd, Hamilton Hill
Auction March 13, 6pm
Sara Findlayson 0427 987 280
Acton Fremantle 9319 3022