OLD-WORLD Fremantle charm meets funky modern design in this delightfully renovated home in Shepherd Street, Beaconsfield.
Asbestos cladding has been stripped off the original abode, replaced with insulated weatherboards to give a cottage look. That’s enhanced by the front garden with its aged rose bushes and camellia the size of a small tree; it must look magnificent in spring.
The three bedrooms are in this section, where you’ll also find jarrah floors, late art deco ceilings and a raw brick fireplace.
The main bedroom’s ensuite is a glistening, modern space with lovely grey, self-patterned tiles on the walls and floor.
Old and new meld beautifully in the extension, which is almost a stand-alone space of stylish corrugated iron walls and a skillion roof.
A narrow timber deck joins the original to the extension, creating a clever, atrium-style garden, framed by a massive, picture window from the open plan.
Rich jarrah floors contrast with the white walls and white skillion ceiling in the open plan, a light-filled space thanks to many windows and almost floor-to-ceiling glass doors that lead to a generous timber-decked alfresco area.
Victorian ash tops the plentiful kitchen benches, its golden hue contrasting and complementing the stylish gun-metal grey cupboards.
The kitchen is the heart and powerhouse of any home and this one is a standout with plenty of soft-close drawers and cupboards, including a double pull-out pantry.
The five-burner stove is flanked by a couple of massive windows for plenty of natural light.
Sitting on a generous 560sqm there’s room for a swathe of lawn for the kids to play and a very pleasant, low-maintenance garden.
There’s a great local cafe in walking distance, as is a small shopping centre, or you might want to wander down to the South Freo High School and stock up at the local farmers market on Sunday.
by JENNY D’ANGER
23 Shepherd St, Beaconsfield
0418 908 858