A BOXING ring in the back garden? Now that’s something you don’t see every day; but there it was, large as life, one of many surprises at this East Fremantle cottage.
Two things produce a knockout punch as you arrive at this Council Place home; the cute timber studio over the garage with its Juliet balcony, and a gargantuan cactus that must be nearly 100 years old towering over the high gates.
Like a Galapagos turtle it’s massive, leathery trunks show its age – and invite a tentative pat.
A wide verandah overlooks the cactus, a heap of other greenery and an old claw-foot bath water feature in the courtyard garden out the front, where there’s also some room for extra parking.
Step inside the three-bedroom cottage and you’ll find a warm and inviting ambience, with a mix of raw brick walls and timber beams in the kitchen and limestone bagged walls in the open living area. Glowing timber floors are a feature throughout.
The expansive timber benchtops in the kitchen are from a single pine tree, and judging by the massive slabs of golden timber it must have been a whopper.
Jarrah and micro-corrugated tin cupboards add to the country feel of the spacious kitchen, although the stylish red-glass splashback is a bit urbany.
The bathroom is a funky space with a micro-tin wall and an amazing mosaic tiled floor.
Timber-framed french doors in the living area lead out to one of two outdoor areas.
A rustic garden setting, with a peaked roof over a timber deck and raw brick walls and plenty of greenery, make alfresco dining a delight.
And once the boxing ring goes there’s room for the kids to play.
The juliet balcony fronts a studio apartment over the garage, with a ground floor bathroom, just the shot for adult kids reluctant to leave home, or for short-term accommodation.
This charming cottage is close to a swag of shops, cafes and watering holes, including those on the George Street strip.
Port Beach is a five minute drive away and the river foreshore a short stroll.
2 Council Pl, East Fremantle
auction 9.30am Saturday, September 10
0477 172 240