Historic opportunity

THE architectural firm on the ground floor of this South Street, Beaconsfield premises is hoping to stay and the three apartments above are awaiting tenants, which makes this an interesting investment/home opportunity.

In 1897, this historic two-storey property was a grocery store and a family home.

Rich jarrah

Almost a hundred years later Drava butchers opened for business, using the spacious cellar to store continental meats.

The second level has been converted into three one-bedroom dwellings, which combine stylish heritage features with a dash of modernity.

The central entry has lovely stained glass above the door and rich jarrah underfoot.

The narrow steps of the carved, jarrah staircase is a tangible reminder of how dainty 19th century feet were.

Marine ply has been used to good effect in the apartments, including turning partially rendered, or perhaps partially un-rendered, limestone wall into features.

The soft honey-coloured timber can also be found in kitchen cupboards, a box seat in one of the living areas, and in the slick modern bathrooms.

The dwelling’s vintage is evident in the mix of jarrah and baltic pine floors, and one of the bedrooms has a fine-art nouveau fire place, with a magnificently ornate jarrah mantle.

Apartment one has sweeping ocean views from the kitchen sink, and the bathroom/laundry/loo is split either side of a narrow hallway, in a clever use of minimal space.

Each apartment has access to a pleasant, protected garden with a patch of lawn and covered alfresco.

Located on the Beaconsfield ridge, the vibrant Wray Avenue shopping strip is a five-minute walk away and the Freo CBD a mere ten.

by JENNY D’ANGER

83 South St, Beaconsfield
auction Sat October 28,
12 noon
Mary Burns 0413 749 944
dethbridgeGROVES Real Estate
9336 1166

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