Serenity on South

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COACH-builder Ruben Johnson built this heritage delight in 1898, selling it six years later to Captain George Francis.

Despite being at sea for months at a time the captain sired 13 children, although just six survived—five girls and a boy.

The girls were named for flowers but Pansy was no shrinking violet.

In a time when well-bred young women did needlework she carved the lovely fireplaces and mantlepieces that grace this home.

This six-bedroom abode won a heritage award in 1996 and remains a showpiece today, with its beautiful blue and white facade and delicate-looking iron-lace work.

Baltic pine floors, high ceilings and ceiling roses and fireplaces feature throughout the original part of the home.


Thick limestone walls and double glazing on South Street (including a lovely stained glass door-surround), and a super thick front door ensure inside is as serene today as it was 100 years ago. (Well, as quiet as six kids can be).

The wrap-around verandah offers street as well as garden views, and is a great spot to enjoy winter sunshine, or escape summer heat.

Five bedrooms and a formal lounge are accessed off the grand central hall.

A sixth bedroom is part of a two-room studio created in the former stables of this 804sqm plot.

A modern(ish) extension is a huge open area where a swag of windows and a floor-to-ceiling bay window ensure plenty of light.

The capacious kitchen is as mouth-watering as the dishes that must get whipped up here, with acres of granite benchtops, including a generous island bench.

There’s a Gaggenau oven and stove top, with a built-in-griller and deep fryer—you don’t go to that much trouble and expense unless you really love cooking.

The main bathroom is the size of a ballroom, with a gorgeous, arched stained glass window over the claw-foot bath.

A lush, overgrown garden offers outdoor delights, including a swimming pool converted into a wetland, with a flotilla of water lillies.

This is a rare opportunity to own a piece of Fremantle history. And if you wanted to share it it’s a great dwelling for short-term accommodation, especially the stable conversion, which has its own street access.


79 South Street,
Ross Marshall
0409 298 100
Locate Real Estate
9335 9007

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