Built to go the distance

WILL you still need me, will you still feed me when I’m 64? The Beatles sang that in 1967.

Built in 1950, this Solomon Street, Fremantle home was 17 at the time and, now 64, there’s still plenty of love me do.

It’s safe to say the three-bedroom/one-bathroom home has had one careful owner and the family it was built for is now selling it.

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Inside, all is immaculate and original and, according to the agent, the only thing that wasn’t there in the 1950s is the air conditioning, an alarm system, and carpet in the lounge room.

All the floors are original terrazzo, colourful chips of marble set in polished concrete—even the carpeted lounge is terrazzo underneath. It made me want to rip it up to take a peek.

The kitchen is a pristine time capsule of the 1950s, although I think the agent may have missed the fact the stove is relatively new. The shelf above, with its green tiles, and the fake marble of the plastered walls are original in this spacious room.

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A classic frosted, double-glass door with palms trees and a yacht lead to the dining room next door, and beautiful leadlight takes you on through to the lounge, where the plaster fireplace is pure late art deco, as are the plate rails, leadlight windows and ceiling rose.

The original laundry copper—a very modern gas version when it was installed—sits proudly in the generous laundry.

And, like the kitchen, the original bathroom has a marble-effect wall, flecked with green to match the terrazzo floor.

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The concreted rear garden will send a shudder through keen gardeners, or they could see it as a blank canvas.

I can see new owners ripping off the back of the house to create a spacious family room, with a pleasant deck into an as yet imagined but lush sustainable garden.

Sitting on one of the port city’s most prestigious streets, this home is short stroll from Monument Hill and the city centre.

65 Solomon St, Fremantle
John Alberti 0411 117 196
Raz Alberti 0415 407 002
Professionals Fremantle 9432  2333


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