THIS could very well be a home among the gum trees, with lots of plum trees, a clothes line out the back, verandah out the front and an old rocking chair. There’s even room to run a mini flock of merinos or a mob of roos if you really want the quintessential Australian dream.
The front verandah of this East Fremantle home is shady and private thanks to the towering gums, and with the twitter of songbirds and raucous chatter of parrots to keep you company, it’s perfect for chilling with a shandy on your rocker.
This red brick beauty stands out from the get go with its 1920s style on a massive 1153 sqm block.
Although Irwin Street is off busy Canning Highway, the sounds of nature drown out any potential traffic noise.
The large open entrance is more like a foyer than a hallway; combine that with the decorative arches and it’s easy to get taken back in time.
With two large bedrooms on either side of the front of the house, choosing which is the main is totally up to you.
The original 5-inch floorboards run throughout the house but make sure you look after them — you won’t find replacements down at Bunnings these days, not even tucked away in a dusty corner!
The modern-styled bathroom features a beautiful clawfoot bath for the ultimate relaxation and down time.
The formal living area, the one mum and dad never let you use growing up, has an elegant style with a fireplace and built-in bookshelves.
A little sunroom sits off the formal living area capturing great northern light through floor-to-ceiling windows.
The open kitchen and living area give a sense of space and more of a relaxed area than the formal living room.
The eclectic kitchen features the original stove, but it’s just for show these days and anyone rash enough to try out nanna’s old scone recipe is likely to come to a smoky and sticky end.
But the most eye-catching part of the house was yet to come.
If you’ve seen the movie The Secret Garden, here it is in real life.
You could get lost along the myriad of paths as they lead you through the endless trees and plants — all low-maintenance.
This jungle-like retreat features two large sheds for storage, a vegetable patch, decked entertainment area and a gazebo so you can share your meals with nature!
Feeling like you are in a large country estate, you would have no idea that Canning Highway was only a few hundred meters away.
by HOLLY COOMEY
7 Irwin St, East Fremantle
Saturday, October 15
0412 080 011
Acton | 9319 3022