This Parker Street home would have been at the cutting edge of architecture when it was built in 1959.
So much so it’s been heritage-listed by the local town council as significant to East Fremantle.
And with the current resurgence of interest in all things retro, it’s back in vogue with a new generation—and ready to start life as a family home anew.
The distinctive space-age, slanted-roof line, Toodyay stone feature wall and interesting angles sets this three-bedroom home apart.
As does its high perch on the block, with views across to Garden and Carnac Islands, foregrounded by the river and Stirling Bridge, the maritime museum and the massive orange cranes of the port.
More than half a century old the glamour girl of the ‘50/’60s is looking a tad tired but it wouldn’t take much to bring her back to her heyday–and into the 21st century.
Unusual parquetry timber floors can be found in the entry and in the dining area, where huge windows and sliding doors lead to the expansive front verandah/deck.
The sunken lounge is newly carpeted, and had me wondering what lies beneath.
This spacious room, jutting out over the garage, has massive windows on two sides to take in the views and a Toodyay stone fireplace to snuggle up to on the approaching cooler nights.
All bedrooms have built-in, timber-fronted wardrobes, cutting edge at the time, as is the powder room off the living areas.
The kitchen is tiny, with a dinky serving hatch, and needs work to bring it up to scratch for today’s chefs.
Sitting on a massive 968sqm block this home has plenty of scope to go out at the rear, and maybe even up, without affecting the retro look of the dwelling.
But you’ll need to talk to the council first.
The gardens back and front are in need of work, but the bones are there for a stunning backyard with a large old ficus, with a cute cubby house, and a big old loquat tree.
The river is so close you can just about touch it, and there’s an assortment of shops, cafes and restaurants nearby.
by JENNY D’ANGER
4 Parker Street, East Fremantle
Sharon de Pledge 0408 911 261
Acton Fremantle 9319 3022