Genteel giant

INDUSTRIAL chic, heritage and a dollop of modernity combine in perfect harmony in this delightful East Freo home.

Situated on Irwin Street in the leafy Woodside precinct, genteel affluence and tranquility abound, and this house is old money to its bootstraps.

It goes without saying there’s a white picket fence, iceberg roses, and a wide verandah to watch life pass by.

Built in the 1920s, this house has glorious jarrah floors, old fireplaces, 3.5metre ceilings, deep skirting, lovely stained glass and decorative cornices.

The generous open plan is a mix of country kitchen and warehouse chic, with a raw brick wall and jarrah floors contrasting with the pristine white kitchen and living area.

A mezzanine sitting room is supported by a massive steel girder, and timber from an old Charlie Carter’s supermarket.

The owner isn’t sure which store the wood came from, but the aged jarrah sure makes a great feature.

When it came to the kitchen, the vendors didn’t want anything jarringly modern: “We wanted something with Fremantle charm, something with historic character, which is why we put a farmhouse kitchen in.”

It ticks all the boxes, with subway tiles enhancing the old world charm, but the kitchen still has all the mod cons, including soft close drawers, a heap of cupboards and a pantry, white stone bench tops and lovely ceramic sinks.

On a bone-chilling day the alfresco was a warm sanctuary, with sunlight caressing the deck.

This delightful home, on a 465sqm lot, is midway between Canning Highway and Marmion Street, so there’s plenty of shops and cafes nearby.

by JENNY D’ANGER

31 Irwin Street, East Fremantle
offers
Clare Hickey-Shand
0424 593 136
Yard Property
9339 1006

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