YOU can almost smell the frangipani as balmy tropical days are conjured by palm trees etched in frosted glass front doors of this Beaconsfield home.
But for me the real delight of the three-bedroom abode are the magnificent terrazzo floors.
Beautiful colours and designs create magic carpets underfoot and stepping through the front doors a swathe of green, blue and apricot stretches the length of the long (and unusually wide) hall.
The durability of terrazzo is in its longevity and these floors look as good today as when they went down.
Original lights and picture rails add to the charm of this ‘50s art deco home, and the street-facing lounge and bedroom tell the tale of south sea island adventure, with sailing ships, palms and seagulls frosted across a bank of large windows in each.
The huge kitchen has been renovated to meet the demands of today’s chef, with plenty of storage, including a whole wall of almost floor-to-ceiling pantry cupboards.
Faced in honey-coloured timber, and topped with black and grey granite, they were designed to highlight the stunning floor, with its striking star burst pattern, and the central island is set on higher than usual legs for an uninterrupted viewing.
Award-winning Fremantle architect Gerard McCann designed the rear extension, a sleek, modern space with floor-to-ceiling glass walls creating an expansive living/dining area that sits comfortably with the original house, its plain tiled floor melding gently with the more flamboyant terrazzo in the kitchen.
Massive limestone walls add a sense of privacy to a delightful alfresco area in the courtyard garden of this 450sqm property.
Agnes Street has a friendly community, and each year residents get together for the airing of the quilts for the Fremantle Festival.
You’re a bit late for this year, but those floors could be the inspiration for a quilt for next year.
5 Agnes Street, Beaconsfield
Linda Digby 0402 122 267
Mary Burns 0413 749 944
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