THERE’S no getting away from the fact the old nursing quarters on Hampton Road, now run be social housing organisation Foundation Housing, are on the doorstep of this Ashburton Terrace home.
But clever design by the vendor, an architect, minimises the impact and once you head inside, the brick monolith seems to disappear: “What attracted me was the challenge of addressing Foundation House,” he says.
The result is an impressively modern two-storey, four-bedroom, three-bathroom abode that without a doubt makes the most of the complications of a narrow 10.7 metre frontage and a steeply sloping block.
Sitting on 378sqm the home was also designed to leave room for a grassed area for the kids to play and an alfresco deck for mum and dad to relax, well protected from view of the neighbours by a high brick fence.
Polished concrete and finished grade plywood walls, some of which hide spacious cupboards, make for a stylish entry vestibule.
The vendor is a fan of plywood and its lovely biscuity hue can be found throughout the home.
The living spaces are on the ground floor allowing an eye to be kept on the kids at play.
And with massive floor-to-ceiling glass stacker doors the job is child’s play, even from the galley-style kitchen, where an expansive Caesarstone bench looks out across the living area to the garden.
There’s a heap of plywood-fronted, soft close drawers and a plentitude of large pantry-style cupboards.
The living/dining area is a vast expanse, with lovely blackbutt flooring, a sitting area and space for the kids to play, with a huge blackboard for them to draw on.
The bedrooms, and second sitting area are upstairs.
The main bedroom is at the front and has a spacious balcony, with ocean views, and a very stylish ensuite.
The kids “wing” is at the other end, where an extra wide corridor makes for a play or study space.
The corridor has a fun and funky wall of old timber picture frames and found objects, and under-eaves storage that would make a great cubby.
The bathroom is sure to delight any little ones, with its bright orange vanity and yellow feature wall.
This great family home is close to the Wray Avenue shopping precinct and easy walking distance to Fremantle’s CBD.
by JENNY D’ANGER
2A Ashburton Terrace, Fremantle
0413 749 944