THESE swish apartments on Norfolk Street are so new the paint is barely dry.
The complex holds five dwellings and two commercial spaces and is built on the site of the old La Maiolica pottery studio, a modern building that sits comfortably in the mixed heritage street.
Number 6 is a two-bedroom/two-bathroom abode on the second level with a street-facing balcony that gazes out into the branches of one of the soaring pines the street is probably named for.
Number 3 is a one-roomer on the ground floor at the rear of the stylish complex.
Its alfresco area is a cute courtyard with glimpses of the limestone walls of the lovely heritage listed old mill on Essex Street.
Each dwelling has plenty to recommend it, with soaring ceilings, and huge floor-to-ceiling windows/doors.
Marble has been used to fantastic effect in both – on the sweep of kitchen benches and splashbacks, and on the bathroom floors, walls and vanities.
The white marble is veined with light and dark grey, giving the appearance of trees against a wintery sky, which is especially dramatic on the facing of the island bench of apartment 3.
Parquetry flooring in number six has been aged to give it an appealing lived-in look, the dark timber a gorgeous contrast to crisp white walls and a dramatically huge mirror in the open plan area.
The ceilings here are actually 3.2 metres, and the light-filled open-plan put me in mind of an apartment on the banks of the Seine.
Timber-toned cabinetry hide a Miele dishwasher and fridge, and fronts the many soft-close drawers below the bench, and a floor-to-ceiling pantry, while a soft, silver/grey has been used on the cupboards over the bench. Double glazing ensures peace and serenity to match the spacious dignity of the living/dining spaces.
Louvres rather than curtains have been used to good effect in the bedrooms, but the curtains in both apartments’ living and bedrooms is a gorgeous white Belgium linen.
These apartments offer fantastic inner-city living, with any amount of cafes and restaurants in walking distance, along with a couple of cinemas and some great boutique shops.
by JENNY D’ANGER
20 Norfolk St, Fremantle
apartment 6 from $995,000
apartment 3 from $669,000
0418 942 858