WHEN Hilton was established after World War II it was officially “the garden suburb”, and wandering through the verdure of this Tonkin Road home you can see why.
Lush doesn’t begin to describe the garden of this 741sqm property, with its forest of mature trees and veritable orchard of fruit.
There are pleasant grassy nooks, and tranquil shady crannies to enjoy the bird life in harmony with nature.
It’s the “reflective” quiet, the vendor will miss, although she’s also sad about leaving the sweep of red/brown jarrah floors: “I’ll miss them dreadfully, I love jarrah,” she says.
The three-bedroom home was built in the 1960s and the front section is rock-solid double brick.
The bedrooms are in this section, all double, and the two front ones have huge windows, offering views of the rambling front garden.
The central kitchen is a generous space, with a gleaming five-burner Blanco stove, and a hatch to the dining area.
Depending on whether you think the original cabinetry is retro and worth keeping, or a tad old-world for today, there’s plenty of space for a transformation.
A huge extension houses a massive family and dining area.
There’s so much space you could easily enclose the “library” end, with its glass doors onto the garden, to create a fourth bedroom.
Two sets of French doors provide elegant access to a timber alfresco area, overlooking the expansive garden, where, almost lost in the vegetation, is a huge corrugated iron shed, and a chook pen.
With security mesh on the doors, and attractive wrought iron enclosing the front verandah, peace of mind in this place is assured.
“I locked myself out once and had to get a locksmith to get in,” the vendor says, admitting she tried throwing a brick to break in but it just bounced off harmlessly.
On her “I’ll miss” list are the sea breezes and convenience to “every kind of shop you could want”.
Murdoch university is a mere seven minutes by car and Fremantle CBD 11.
by JENNY D’ANGER
40 Tonkin Road, Hilton
0499 042 280