The long & happy life of Morgan Windsor Osborne


THERE are many names connected to this historic East Fremantle property, on leafy Osborne Road.

Morgan is the former street name; Windsor was the once expansive 19th-century riverside estate/vineyard. One of the region’s then most-prominent landholders Walter Easton owned it before subdivision in the late 1800s.

Following a housing boom early last century, this 1920s bungalow-style house was built, and many period features remain.

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The restored house has leadlight windows, original wide jarrah timber floorboards and high ceilings with decorative medallions and cornices.

The kitchen is a modern delight. Real estate agent Noel Rogers says it looks Norwegian with a deep European sink and vintage-style Smeg stove.

There are handy storage nooks: small, hardwood drawer spaces are sectioned off to create little pockets perfect for a range of teas.

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I pull on a few more drawers and discover they close softly—a man/woman with a temper would find it hard to slam these shut during an argument over who’s washing the dishes (there should be no argument, he should just do it).

I punch the words “Norwegian kitchen” into Google images, and voila: white cupboards, light-wood benches and little storage nooks.

I also try “Australian kitchen” in the search bar—just for fun. Norway has got this one on us.

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My favourite part of the house is the walk-in larder and studio/garage—two of its walls are glass. I’d spend many long days here working, and looking over the leafy, green front garden.

We head outside to the alfresco dining area, down steps made of what looks like old timber railway sleepers.

But Mr Rogers reckons they might be from an old Fremantle jetty.

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The sound of trickling water takes me to a small pond where koi fish are swimming—how relaxing.

The three-bedroom house is definitely not short of character.


1/39 Osborne Road, East Fremantle
From late $800,000
Noel Rogers 0409 300 600
Acton Fremantle | 9319 3022

24. Malcolm Ogilby Builder 19x2

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