QUEEN Victoria had been on the throne for more than 50 years years when this King William Street, South Fremantle home was built in 1896, and the street was probably named for the uncle she succeeded, King William IV.
The home’s raised verandah gazes regally across the street, and you can see the masts of the zillions of dollars worth of yachts at the Fremantle Sailing Club–and a splash of blue water–at the end of the street.
The three-bedroom abode is classic Victorian with many original features including delicate ceiling roses, fireplaces, deep skirting and high ceilings, jarrah floors and beautiful stained glass around the front door.
A modern extension added by well known local architect Gerard McCann some 18 years ago ensures this is a home for current generations.
The central lounge marks the melding of old and new, a generous and genteel room.
The original side verandah has been enclosed in jarrah and glass to create a light-filled walkway leading to the sweeping extension.
There’s something ship-like about the large kitchen, where timbered cupboards and rough hewn slab tops form a horseshoe, and a timber ceiling adds to the feeling of being ship-shape and snug.
There’s no shortage of storage including a floor-to-ceiling pantry with a lovely curved door that utilizes space.
Banks of doors and windows off the living/dining area look out onto a gorgeous garden and covered alfresco area.
Head upstairs and there’s very generous mezzanine, a great space for an artists’ studio, craft room or an office.
Sitting on 422sqm there’s plenty of room for a delightful garden, a private space with natural limestone retaining walls, a swathe of grass and a towering gum tree.
The lovely home is mere minutes walk from the CBD, a slew of cafes and South Beach.
by JENNY D’ANGER
3 King William Street, South Fremantle
Jinny Henshaw 0418 908 858
Mark Brophy Real Estate 9335 9800