IN Xanadu did Kubla Khan a stately pleasure-dome decree,” wrote Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1797.
There’s poetry in the streets around North Lake, with many named for poets and authors such as John Masefield and Daphne du Maurier.
This home on Coleridge Place may not not be on the scale of Khan’s Xanadu, but it’s a delightful abode, set amongst “gardens bright”.
The vendor’s green thumb can be see in the extensive gardens of the 791sqm property, from the blaze of red bottlebrush in the rustic front garden to a riot of colour in the terraced rear gardens.
“[We] love the garden; most of the plants we have planted.”
The main bedroom, with ensuite and walk-in-robe is at the front of the home.
Bay windows onto a pleasant courtyard mean waking up to melodic birdsong.
Floor-to-ceiling windows and doors ensure the generous open-plan living/dining/kitchen, with its terracotta tiled floor, is a bright, light-filled space.
It’s cool in summer, but when the mercury drops, crank up the potbelly and the family room is warm and toasty.
Soft, honey-gold timber tops a sweep of benches in the crisp, white kitchen, with its soft-close drawers and pull-out pantry.
With an L-shaped sweep of windows wrapping around the sink the chef almosts need sunnies to do the washing up.
Alfresco dining/entertaining doesn’t get any better than the sheltered patio, an expansive space with room for sitting as well as eating, and a barbie to slap on a prawn or two.
Limestone terraced gardens, delightful green nooks, meandering cottage garden walks and a pond add to the wonderful outdoor ambience.
There’s veggie gardens to grow your own, and chickens for the morning’s scrambled eggs.
One of the many things the vendors love about their home is “its proximity to everything”.
There’s a choice of schools on the doorstep, along with Murdoch University and Fiona Stanley and St John of God hospitals.
Jump on the freeway and you’re in the Perth CBD in minutes.
“[And] we can see the hills from here, and we can do nature walks at Bibra Lake, which is just down the road,” the vendor says.
by JENNY D’ANGER
16 Coleridge Place, North Lake
0422 893 859
Altus Real Estate