WITH nothing to interrupt river views but manicured landscaping and a swathe of grass, if this North Fremantle apartment was a cafe it would be packing them in I’m sure.
Which of course was what was originally intended. But as Rabbie Burns said, “the oft laid plans of mice and men…”
So the cafe has instead spectacularly morphed into a stunning two-bedroom/two-bathroom apartment, a mere 12 metres from the water’s edge.
And rather than jockeying with rival customers for a seat on the expansive deck, new owners will have space to lounge, or space to invite friends over to enjoy the river ambience.
The view is one of constant activity from the many boats plying the river, ferries heading to Rotto as they glide through the inner harbour, to the muted movement of traffic on the old traffic bridge and the newer Stirling Bridge, and of course dolphins cruising by and pelicans bobbing gently.
Inside is as stunning as the views, with beautiful French oak floors and massive floor-to-ceiling windows and bifold doors.
Attention to detail saw this apartment win a couple of industry awards for its architecture and interior fit-out.
The pristine white of the sweeping living/kitchen area is softened by the golden floors, and the hand hewed limestone feature wall in the island bench, which is topped by a soft brown-hued marble.
The kitchen is classic and classy while being very functional, with a huge oven and stove top, including a wok burner, a double floor-to-ceiling pantry and plenty of soft close drawers.
But should you want to dine out, there’s plenty of cafes nearby, or walk across Stirling Bridge and you’re in time for drinks, or breakfast at the Left Bank. Invest in a kayak and you’ll be there in no time.
The growing Queen Victoria Street cafe strip, which includes a small bar and great boutique burger bar, is a short walk away.
4/4-6 Doepel Street,
offers before August 4
Glenn O’Connor-Smith 0413 545 044
Acton East Fremantle 9319 3022