“THE best-laid schemes o’mice an’ men gang aft agley!” Rabbie Burns cried after destroying a mouse’s home while ploughing the fields of his Scottish farm.
Like the poet’s mouse, this Burns Street home in the old section of North Fremantle is hidden from casual view, but wandering down the lane-like drive to discover a cute two-storey cottage was cause for rejoicing not lamenting.
The three-bedroom home sits comfortably on its tiny 238sqm with a pleasant front courtyard, hidden from the view of passers-by and lushly planted to create a green oasis.
The brick-quoined and limestone rendered abode has the look of old Freo from the outside.
But step inside and it’s thoroughly modern, with something of a warehouse conversion with its polished concrete floor and soaring, timber-beamed ceiling.
The generous open-plan living/dining/kitchen is flooded with light thanks to the many windows and doors, and a skylight high overhead.
A sweep of grey caesar stone bench tops ensure entertaining or simply cooking for two, is as gentle as writing an ode to love–helped along by a walk-in pantry tucked under the stairs.
Two of the bedrooms are on the ground floor, each with white-painted timber ceilings.
A huge mezzanine main bedroom is tucked under the cathedral ceiling, along with a dressing-room — and a cute ensuite.
The artist vendor has claimed what could be an office/study or simply as second sitting area as her studio, and with light bouncing off the white ceiling, and pouring in from the skylight, you can see why.
A mere 400 metres from the river, a kilometre from the beach and 3km from the centre of Fremantle this home will appeal to a range of purchasers from a young couple to retirees downsizing.
It’s a short walk to the train station and an even shorter one to a choice of cafes and restaurants in the rapidly growing North Freo strip.
Don’t gang aft agley, git on doon en check oot thus delightful wee hoose fur yeself.
by JENNY D’ANGER
24 Burns Street, North Fremantle
negotiations from $699,000
Peter Clements 0415 920 920
Mint Real Estate–Claremont