SHADOW boxes were popular in the 1960s. Just about every home had one, small box-like shelves to hold tiny ornaments.
Often they were on the wall next to that other ‘60s icon—flying ducks.
That this Cawston Raod Attadale home has essentially retained its ‘60s feel is apparent from the lovely skillion roof-line, and the giant shadow-box window flanking the front door.
The six-bedroom home has been considerably revamped from the original but the vendor’s love affair with the Brady Bunch era is apparent in myriad details, including a soaring wall of lovely gold and tan-hued stone in the downstairs lounge.
Chocolate-coloured jarrah floors glow throughout this lovely home, upstairs and down.
The vendor’s kids had a hand in choosing wallpaper for a feature wall in their bedrooms.
You can see they have mum’s flair for interior design, with choices creating an ambient retreat that is tastefully youthful, but not childish—well, maybe the horse one is a bit, but hey that was the really, really little one.
What I’d initially thought was the main bedroom has a wall of glass onto a pretty, and private, courtyard.
But the real main is found at the rear of the house, next to a very funky bathroom, with a gloriously deep tub with garden views, and a speccy feature wall of tiny black and white tiles
Sliding glass doors off the bedroom lead to the swimming pool, allowing cooling midnight dips on hot summer nights, safe in the knowledge no-one can see over the high garden walls.
With a swathe of grass, and a cute elevated cubby house (with its own astroturf alfresco area), the kids are well catered for in this neat garden.
Head upstairs and you’ll find a spacious open-plan living/kitchen/dining area. With a multitude of windows, many louvred for cooling cross breezes, it seems to float above the many trees in the surrounding area, with views to the distant hills and sections of the river.
Their mum’s personal favourite is watching approaching storms sweep in with majestic fury.
With a brood to feed, you can rest assured the kitchen is full of practicalities, with sweeping benches, plenty of timber-fronted drawers and a huge pantry, which is the size of the original kitchen, the vendor tells me. Something she takes great delight in reminding herself of, she adds.
Black and white Bizazza Italian mosaic tiles make an art work of one bench, while the other is a lovely grey Essa stone (hey probably call it charcoal mist or something).
Nearby, a generous balcony invites one to take breakfast, lunch and dinner alfresco whenever you can.
This is a fantastic family home, with Attadale primary school within walking distance and Santa Maria College just up the road.
The foreshore is a pleasant walk away, and there are plenty of choices when it comes to shopping or dining close to hand.
By JENNY D’ANGER
59 Cawston Road, Attadale
Frank Bove 0408 437 636
Acton Real Estate, Applecross
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