THE origins of this weatherboard cottage in Fremantle are lost in the mists of time.
Records show the Forrest Road property was owned by the WA government and occupied by David Morris, an engine driver, in 1903.
A mysterious file note makes reference to “Kalgoorlie house”.
Perhaps it was transported from the goldfields?
Or is the name a reference to an architecture style?
The skillion roof and flat facade are certainly unique.
Set behind a white picket fence, this three-bedroom home is charming and quaint.
A wide, wrap-around verandah is a great spot for watching the world go by, and also protects the home from the sun on the western side.
A recent report by Planet Ark found that having wood in homes is good for inhabitants’ mental and physical health.
So it’s no wonder that this home’s entry hall, with its timber walls and jarrah floors, is like being wrapped in a warm blanket on a cold day.
The street-facing bedrooms, with half timber-clad walls and sash windows, have the same cosy feel.
One of the bedrooms has a small room to the side, currently a dressing room, but perhaps in a previous life it was a nursery.
A rear extension houses a kitchen/dining area, with a living area off to the side and french doors to the courtyard.
A wall of glass ensures the kitchen is bathed in light, with double doors leading to an alfresco, which is sheltered by a weatherboard wall on one side and a high limestone fence on the other.
With jarrah beams overhead, the feeling of wellbeing extends to the great outdoors.
Sitting on 298sqm, the garden isn’t huge but it’s a pleasant space, with a couple of trees, aged-brick paving and high limestone fencing.
Set in a leafy street, this delightful cottage is a mere five minute drive from the beach.
by JENNY D’ANGER
100 Forrest Street, Fremantle
Mary Burns 0413 749 944
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