Eden of the East

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EVEN without the artistic flair of Desert Designs’ Steve Culley this turn-of-the-century limestone cottage would be a delight.

Of course with his eye for colour and design you can bet his home in East Fremantle’s East Street is simply gorgeous—not to mention quirky.

The open-plan living/kitchen/dining is a soaring, light-filled space, thanks to super-high ceilings, lots of windows and a bank of skylights, which follow the slant of the skillion roofed addition.

The commodious central living area this creates is a gracious room with lovely jarrah floors and a big old fire place.

It’s in contrast to the federation black and white tiles of the kitchen, which, coupled with stainless steel and black granite, has a funky edge, which doesn’t seem at odds with the older-style section of the home.

And the view from the double-sash windows above the sink is of a genteel garden setting.

The front verandah of this three-bedroom home sits high above East Street, with views of the port and the Dingo flour mill sweeping south to the pine trees on the Esplanade, and the ferris wheel, and the ocean beyond.

Rich oregon floors glow in the front section, and as you’d expect in an abode of this vintage there’s fireplaces and ceiling roses aplenty.

This fascinating home has been renovated over many years, creating interesting angles and nooks, including a delightful loft bedroom.

With double sets of French doors and sash windows opening onto a timber balcony, which seems to reach out into the tree tops, it’s a light-filled room with all the magic of Tolkien’s Rivendell.

The magic continues into the garden, with tree-trunk posts supporting a timber deck that juts out over a pond.

Sitting on 508sqm, there’s a forest of mature trees, including gums and jacarandas. A delight, even on a grey day, it must be a cool billabong-like retreat in warmer weather.

A side garden, accessed by two sets of French doors off the dining area, has a bougainvillea so big I couldn’t get my hands around its trunk. It would have to be 50 years old at least.

Climbing up to roof level it’s a picture even in autumn, and must create a cloud of purple over summer.

George Street, with its vibrant shopping/cafe strip is just around the corner, or wander down to the river foreshore and soak up the great outdoors. Or wander down to the Fremantle Arts Centre, or the pool And with this address you’ll be in the catchment for some of the area’s most desirable schools, including John Curtin.

by JENNY D’ANGER

64 East Street,
East Fremantle
$1.195m–$1.295m
Stefanie Dobro 0409 229 115
Caporn Young 9335 5977 

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