There be dragons at this Irwin Street, East Fremantle home.
The mythical creatures were used in mediaeval maps to show unchartered areas where unknown dangers lurked.
Perched on the peaked roof, over steps leading to the wrap-around verandah, this dragon looks a friendly chap as he gazes down on approaching visitors—it augers well for what lays behind the gorgeous lead-light windows.
Even as a kid I loved the dragons on Fremantle’s old homes.
Some had two, one either end of the roof pitch, but this three-bedroom home has just the one, with finials marking the pitch.
This delightful abode also combines a couple of my other favourite things in a home.
As well as a bay window there are six drop-dead and divine leadlight windows in the formal lounge.
French windows are a bit of a fave too and there’s a set leading to the side verandah. And you can’t beat a real fire for ambience on cold winter nights.
The main bedroom is also in the original section of the home, a gracious room with its own leadlight windows, walk-in-robes and a huge ensuite with double showers and vanities.
The cavernous rear extension is worthy of the original’s heritage standing, and it too has lovely jarrah floors and high ceilings.
There’s even a (gas) fireplace in the living area.
There’s nothing old world about the kitchen, with its gleaming stainless steel drawers and preparation area, and huge island bench/breakfast bar with its myriad self-closing drawers.
Bifold doors off the dining area lead to a timber-ceiling patio.
With a lush garden, plenty of trees and a hedge of long-flowering oleander and a swathe of grass, this is a delightful spot to relax on your own or enjoy the company of family and friends.
It’s so lovely that brunch could easily turn into a barbecue lunch.
This home sits on a whopping 960sqm block and what lays beyond the greenery is the biggest shed I’ve seen in a long time.
It’s an absolute corker, sure to impress shed-aholics far and wide.
As if just being isn’t enough, this home is close to the river, a swag of shops and cafes, and the local primary school isn’t far away either.
by JENNY D’ANGER
9 Irwin Street, East Fremantle
Auction April 6, noon
Emma Powell0405 704 528
Richard Young 0412 385 056
Caporn Young 9385 5559