IN BBC comedy The Good Life, Tom and Barbara shock their Surbiton neighbours by turning their manicured garden in the swanky suburb into an allotment, complete with chickens, a pig and a goat.
The vendors of this Surbiton Street, East Fremantle Federation home on the other hand have done their best to ensure this turn-of-the-century abode retains all the grace and charm of the era–including the delightful terraced gardens–with nary a vegetable or dinner on the hoof in sight.
While current housing trends are leading to the loss of the backyard, this home offers a series of delightfully lush and shaded nooks sprawling across 1214sqm–with room for a sparkling pool on the side.
Beautiful stained-glass doors off the wrap-around verandah open to reveal a gracious entry hall, which is an introduction to some of the most gorgeous pressed tin ceilings I’ve seen in a long time.
But before you cross the threshold it’s the view from the rocky limestone ridge this home sits on that catches the breath.
A timbered deck is the perfect spot to take in stunning views of the river, ocean, Garden Island and the sweep of Fremantle Port—framed by a hedge of purple Bougainvillea.
The front rooms of this five-bed/three-bathroom, home are pure genteel formality, with glowing jarrah floors, soaring, lovely pressed tin ceilings and ornate fireplaces.
The main bedroom is at the front, with French doors onto the deck.
The formal lounge is the sort of place you can image the gentry of a past age quaffing port after dinner in the formal dining room across the spacious hall.
French doors open on to the verandah and a beautiful set of casement windows form a large bay window, with view across leafy East Fremantle to the hills.
A rear extension gently brings this home into the 21st century with an open kitchen/dining area.
Granite tops the benches, including an angled breakfast bar/island, while a massive three-door pantry and a large appliance cupboard ensure plenty of storage in this ultra-modern kitchen.
(The wall mounted I Mac is staying–so you won’t miss the news while whipping up dinner).
Overhead a spacious mezzanine is a relaxed, casual space for the family to gather to watch TV or socialise.
Cathedral ceilings ensure a sense of space, and huge windows take in the views.
Stairs off the kitchen area lead down to what is currently a teenage pad.
With two bedrooms (one with ensuite) and a spacious living area and a laundry there’s scope to turn this area into a granny flat, or a guest wing.
This delightful home sits aloft in a well established community of like homes, where it is close to schools, the river, shops and a swag of cafes and restaurants.
This is one not to miss.
by JENNY D’ANGER
1 Surbiton Rd, East Fremantle
Auction Saturday April 6, 11am on site
Mary Burns 0413 749 944
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