Marvellous Milne

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THE main characters in the Liz Byrski novel I’m currently enthralled by, find themselves in Winnie the Pooh territory, the Enchanted Forest, AKA Ashdown Forest.

So blow me down if I didn’t think it funny that here was I, also in a place with a Pooh reference, this Bicton street sharing the surname of the huggable bear’s creator, AA Milne.

The 1960s four-bedroom abode was extended a couple of years ago, but the vendors didn’t want just any old “add on”: “We told the builder we wanted it to match the original home…[and] we didn’t want aluminium windows.” I loved them for that alone.

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Even the cornices in the upstairs areas match those downstairs and the banks of windows are solid timber.

The result of all that careful attention is a delightful home with generous spaces that flow as beautifully as the blackbutt floors in the original section.

There are a couple of sitting/lounge areas, and the central kitchen is a delight with its crisp white cupboards and stone bench tops and lovely Delft blue tiles.

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Adding to the charm is an arched alcove over the stove, that matches the arch on the other side onto the dining area, with its attractive timber-panelled wall and beamed ceiling.

A wall of glass leads to the covered alfresco area, and a pleasant courtyard garden.

A huge feijoa tree is a lovely backdrop, and with one of my own I can vouch for the deliciousness of the fruit, either raw or as jam.

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The main bedroom is in the parents’ wing upstairs, where you’ll find a spacious sitting room, with french doors to a balcony and a very generous bedroom with walk-in robe and ensuite.

From this eyrie you can see the ocean, and Fremantle port across leafy streets.

This is a solid family home, close to schools and walking distance to Point Walter and Bicton Baths.

There are a couple of great little cafes just up the road and the Melville shopping centre is a few minutes away by car.

30 Milne Street, Bicton

from $999,000

Simone Glover

0417 977 525

Brad Glover

0422 388 885

Mint Real Estate| 9284 6000

open Sat (March 7) 1.15–  1.45pm

by JENNY D’ANGER

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