IMAGINE owning your own 1909 pressed tin bar, in situ in an original taproom. Right next door is the ladies lounge, from a time when well-bred ladies wouldn’t be caught dead in the front bar — even if they’d been allowed.
Add stunning art nouveau pressed tin ceilings and walls, along with lovely old fireplaces, and jarrah floorboards in the many rooms of more than generous proportions, and heritage credentials don’t get any better than those of the old Jandakot Hotel, in Bibra Lake.
With the Jandakot racecourse nearby there was no shortage of patrons stepping up to the wrap-around verandah and through the angled front door, a distinctive characteristic of turn of the century Aussie pubs.
When the last race was run in the 1930s, trade dropped and the pub became the Lucken family home, and a grocery store.
Instead of beer, groceries were passed over the old bar, while the ladies lounge became a storeroom: “I’ve had people saying they used to buy lollies here,” the agent says.
Since the mid-‘60s it’s been simply a home. And what a home, with five bedrooms, and room to not only run, but roller-skate down the long hall.
You could hold a lumpers’ picnic in the expansive grounds, a whopping 2858sqm — with a couple of footy ovals of grass, along with lemon, mandarin, orange, mulberry, loquat and almond trees.
The original rooms are virtually untouched by time, but an extension some years ago added an open-plan kitchen/dining/living area at the rear.
A very recent facelift has turned the kitchen into a sparkling new domain, with white caesarstone bench tops and soft-closing drawers.
With too many rooms to name, the possible uses are many and varied for new owners, from a substantial bed and breakfast to consulting rooms, or simply a sprawling family home with masses of space for the kids to explore and play.
Bibra and South Lakes are a short walk away, as is the South Lake shopping centre, and Fremantle a mere 15 minutes by car — or head in the other direction and you’re on the freeway in five.
by JENNY D’ANGER
34 Prout Way, Bibra Lake
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Sharyn Millar | 0418 886 116
Pulse Realty | 9310 1600