SOUTH Fremantle streets Hulbert and Walker always remind me of the nursery rhyme Hickory Dickory Dock.
The houses are wonderfully Fremantle, and like this Walker Street cottage, are so fairytale cute, just looking at them can cause teeth decay.
A visit to the dentist can be avoided by reaching out from the house’s white-weatherboard verandah to pluck fresh greens from the lush raised garden beds.
Sometimes what looks great from the street doesn’t live up to expectations, but this home more than exceeded mine.
From the jarrah floor, and pressed-tin dado lining the walls of the entry hall, to the rear extension and magical garden, walking through this home is the stuff of childhood fables.
The dwelling is divided into two: the original 1900s workers cottage has three bedrooms, a generous dining/living area and kitchen, and a bathroom with wheelchair access.
The rear extension is self-contained with a spacious open-plan and kitchen, and a mezzanine bedroom above.
Massive timber doors separate the two sections.
Both kitchens have a lovely country feel, with timber tops, including a sweep of jarrah from the old Cockburn jetty in the central one, which also has sheoak-fronted cupboards.
With plans that never got off the ground to let the front for short-term accommodation, the vendors rarely ventured from the beautiful rear of the house.
And why would they, with a delightful open-plan with leadlight windows, and timber-framed doors leading onto the garden.
The main bedroom overhead is picture perfect, with a soaring cathedral-like ceiling, ensuite, and a deck overlooking the garden.
Rampant jungle best describes the garden, which is dominated by a massive gleditsia tree.
It will be turning a glorious gold soon, before losing its leaves to allow the winter sun to flood in.
Dotted amongst the greenery you’ll find a plum tree, fig, olive, almond, pecan, paw paw, banana and a couple of orange trees.
There’s also a massive eucalyptus with a huge, gnarly trunk that looks prehistoric.
Equally prehistoric is the cob pizza oven, made with clay and straw. This delightful home is a two minute walk from South Beach and the cafes and bars on South Terrace.
by JENNY D’ANGER
15 Walker Street, South Fremantle
0412 106 959
Mark Brophy Real Estate