DALGETY STREET in East Fremantle is named after the man who established the Woodside precinct, William Dalgety Moore.
His grand 1897 mansion on the street was to become Woodside hospital a mere 33 years after the family vacated.
On the other hand, this three-bedroom Dalgety St abode has remained a loved family home since it was built in 1932.
From the street it’s a classic example of its period, with a white picket fence, roses and a swathe of lawn in front of the welcoming porch.
White timber-framed doors and surrounds lead into a cute little entry, which quickly gives way to an open lounge.
High ceilings, jarrah floors and ceiling roses are found throughout the original section of the home.
You’ll also find the bedrooms there, including the spacious main bedroom, with its series of casement windows facing the leafy street, and generous walk-in-robe.
Country cottage springs to mind as you step into the rear extension, where turned-timber railings separate the kitchen/dining from the lower family room.
A skillion ceiling ads to the sense of a bygone era.
But while the kitchen has an olde world air thanks to soft, gold timber bench tops and shutters, mellow terracotta tiled floor and a sweep of white timber cupboards and drawers, there’s nothing old-fashioned about this very modern space.
With room to swing two or three cats, there’s a breakfast nook with a huge window overlooking the garden, a double pull-out pantry and state-of-the-art appliances.
The family room has french doors to the alfresco area, and bifold windows that peel back onto a servery, making outdoor entertaining a simple affair.
With a solid roof, lovely natural flagstone paving, high limestone walls and verdant raised garden beds this is a lovely spot to relax or entertain, with room for a 12-seater table, and a full lounge suite.
A room on the rear of the home could be a fourth bedroom, or a home office, with its own access down the side.
This charming home is close to Richmond primary school, parks and the restful swan river foreshore.
And there’s no shortage of cafes and shops in any direction.
by JENNY D’ANGER
35 Dalgety St, East Fremantle
0424 593 136