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.
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.
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.
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
0417 977 525
0422 388 885
Mint Real Estate| 9284 6000
open Sat (March 7) 1.15– 1.45pm
by JENNY D’ANGER