PIANO jazz chimed down the timber-floored hallway as I stood peering through stained glass panels on the doorstep of this White Gum Valley home. I smiled at the warm welcome: in a world of hand shakes this was a hug.
Guarded by tendrils of green life, part of this home’s charm is it is more than it appears.
Built in 1905, the façade is classically Federation style with a gable-end front and dark teal fretwork and trims.
Inside, my attention was immediately drawn to high ceilings beautifully complemented by Victorian architraves. Too often it seems modern houses opt for big and bold at the expense of these finer details.
My inner child relished the possibility of another sleeping quarter with remnants of a former loft situated impossibly high in one of the four bedrooms. However, for the more practical minded, perhaps a storage solution instead.
The living room is centred by a striking fireplace framed with lovely art nouveau tiles.
In the heart of the home, the kitchen, the cabinetry is fittingly bright red. Suddenly, an arty vibe enveloped the home.
Although there is an adjoining dining room, just outside a bright yet sheltered alfresco makes a delightful alternative in these warm summer months. Around the corner, a washing line is neatly tucked away, protecting the modesty of those delicates from the eyes of brunch guests.
Yet another outdoor area at the rear of the home conveniently allows rear access from Pilbara Street and is home to a fruiting Marshchapel grape tree — my companion was even compelled to do a taste test.
Upstairs is devoted entirely to a bedroom that is gorgeously lit from expansive windows. The balcony outside offers a pleasant tree top filled view.
This beautiful home sits on a beautiful street just five minutes from Fremantle’s city centre.
by KATRINA MAHONEY
51 Samson Street, White Gum Valley
Mark Brophy 0403 382 555
Mark Brophy Estate Agent 9335 9800