A SAD, tired little face peered over mum’s shoulder as we stood in the blazing heat at the front gate. But his big blue eyes sparkled and a beaming smile returned once we stepped inside.
I knew just how the little tacker felt as the cool and welcoming interior of this Wood Street, White Gum Valley home wrapped itself around me.
The air conditioning wasn’t on but the temperature was pleasant and a long, lean hall beckoned enticingly at this elegant but easy-going home.
All four bedrooms are in the original section, two double and two single.
The main is a soothing and spacious domain overlooking a lovely front garden. And the ensuite is a sleek and modern space in this heritage abode.
By the time we got to the vast open-plan living/dining/kitchen, baby and I were on chuckling terms. When I stopped gooing and gushing, I was ready to do it all again—only this time over this gorgeous space.
Soaring cathedral ceilings, jarrah floors and huge plate-glass windows onto a delightful garden are just the beginning.
The recently renovated kitchen is fresh and crisp with white soft-close drawers under white stone benchtops, while stainless steel appliances gleam and a huge timber-topped island complements the timber ceiling of the mezzanine above.
Baby on hip the vendor demonstrated just how easy it is to empty the dishwasher straight into a huge drawer opposite.
With reverse-cycle air conditioning the wood heater in the living area isn’t really necessary: “We don’t put it on for heating but for the atmosphere,” the vendor smiles.
Overhead a glass-walled study/office gazes down onto the living and kitchen areas: “What I like about it is it has views across the gum trees,” she says.
The trees also shade the expansive and covered timber deck off the living room.
A barbecue kitchen is nearby and a huge swathe of soft, emerald green grass leads to the pool—where you’ll also find an outdoor shower tucked amongst the lush, tropical vegetation of the garden.
Sitting on a generous 760sqm this is a fantastic family home, with room inside and out for everyone.
White Gum Valley primary school is across the road and what’s to become Fremantle College a little further up Lefroy Road if you have older kids. There’s no shortage of shops and cafes a short drive away.
by JENNY D’ANGER
65 Wood Street, White Gum Valley
offers above $995,000
Peter Clements | 0415 920 920
Mint Real Estate | 9284 6000