THE humidity was in the high 90s, so stepping into what I assumed was air conditioning at this Holland Street home was a welcome relief.
Only the aircon wasn’t on, because this four-bedroom home is so well designed it’s almost redundant.
Designed by award-winning architect John Chisolm, energy and efficiency were major considerations, and the dwelling has the highest-rated “green” roof available, as well as wall and ceiling insulation, heat-reducing thermal glazing and cross ventilation.
Along with solar panels, there’s an air sourced heat-pump hot water system, which works a bit like a fridge in reverse to provide hot water almost free from the air.
All the sustainability bells and whistles are wrapped in a great package of modern living that belies its 300sqm.
There’s nothing squeezy about the living spaces, including the generous open plan that forms an L-shape around the covered alfresco area.
Soft-close drawers, a walk-in-pantry and a sweep of white-stone benches, including an island make cooking a pleasure.
With a single door leading off the kitchen onto the patio, serving up meals outdoors would be a breeze.
Not to mention a pleasure, with a swathe of grass for the kids to play, a lush planted garden to soothe the eye, and one of the biggest almond trees I’ve ever seen.
Tucked around the corner is more garden, and a well designed chicken coop.
The bedrooms are on the second level, along with a second sitting area, and all have windows set high with tree-top views, while keeping out prying eyes.
by JENNY D’ANGER
130 Holland Street, Fremantle
negotiation above $835,000
0422 388 885
0432 729 620
Mint Real Estate