RIDING my bike past this Attfield Street home I spied a twilight home-open sign, so tied my trusty steed to the street-level verandah railing and wandered in.
From the street this three-bedroom Freo home is a cute 1900s semi-detached with all you would expect, including jarrah floors, high ceilings, a fireplace or two and lovely wrought-iron bars on the street-facing bedroom windows.
In 2007 the gorgeous limestone cottage home took out a Greensmart award for best renovation and there’s a swag of energy-saving features to make life comfortable and efficient, including water recycling, solar energy and smart wiring.
The open-plan living/kitchen/dining area seamlessly links old with new, with a classic metres wood-burner stove a reminder of its heritage roots — in a thoroughly modern kitchen.
You step down into the spacious living area, where two sets of bifold doors open onto the alfresco area, set in a gorgeous walled garden.
The rear extension has a series of skylight windows set in the cathedral ceiling where heat sensors close the blinds as soon as the temperature rises.
It’s not often a review raves about a bathroom, but one with a glass roof is well worth a mention.
How tropical, laying back in the deep bath watching treetops move in the breeze and looking up into the big, blue sky.
For WA’s seriously hot days automatic screens can close at the push of a button, and on a practical level, water jets will clean off the inevitable dust and bird poo.
Hewn from natural limestone, the main bedroom is down a set of stairs off the living area. This massive space, with its spacious walk-in robe and ensuite, doubles as a study, with a huge, curved desk following the line of the wall.
This is a magical family home, with Fremantle primary school a block away, and the delights of the Wray Avenue shopping precinct virtually on the doorstep.
by JENNY D’ANGER
47 Attfield Street, Fremantle POA
Lauri Curtain 0422 478 150
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