KLOPPER-MANIA swept Fremantle in the 1980s as local architect Brian Klopper popularised using raw materials in homes.
Built in 1986, this McCleery Street abode is a classic example of his work, with walls of glass reaching a cathedral ceiling in the living area, massive steel girders holding up timber ceilings, raw and bagged brick walls, and terracotta floor tiles.
The sweep of glass, in the ground-floor open plan, looks onto a lush garden, where limestone walls and the gothic windows of St Paul’s peep over a high fence.
Klopper’s earthy charm is evident in the spacious kitchen, where an arched window in a raw brick wall offers restful garden views, making scrubbing the frying pan less of a travail.
There’s plenty of bench space and a walk-in-pantry, and on cold nights there’s an open fire in the expansive living area to snuggle up.
One of the many things to love about a Klopper home is the clever use of space, and this four-bedroom/two-bathroom property sits harmoniously on 352sqm, with no sense of being cramped, inside or out.
There’s room for a delightful garden, a swathe of grass for the kids to play on, and a brick paved area for the grown-ups to enjoy the outdoor ambience.
The bedrooms and one of the bathrooms are on the second level, where a decked balcony offers pleasant garden and church vistas.
This home is part of Freo’s modern history, and it’s all within a short walk of the city’s many delights, including the Cappuccino Strip and South Beach.
by JENNY D’ANGER
5c McCleery Street,
0403 382 555
Mark Brophy Estate Agent