Hampton Road classic

THE owners of this 1896 mansion have polished the fine bones of the original home to create a magnificent abode fit for today’s lifestyle.

But don’t worry, they haven’t compromised its heritage pedigree: “We have honoured and respected this house,” the owner says, clearly proud of her home of 15 years.

Hampton Road was nicknamed Prison Road, and this home’s expansive verandah has commanding views of Fremantle’s historic gaol.

Spit and polish doesn’t begin to describe the “wow” factor as you step inside to discover wide, age-rich jarrah floors, delicate ceiling roses and elegant fireplaces.

The front two bedrooms of this five-bedroom abode have stunning leadlight bay windows, with french doors that lead onto the verandah.

The main bedroom is big with a walk-in-robe and spacious ensuite.

Genteel elegance best describes the central lounge, and I could picture the original owner sitting at the built-in bookcase, with its leadlight panels and fold-down desk, writing letters to loved ones in England.

Less formal, but no less grand, is the kitchen/dining/family room, a light-filled space courtesy of banks of windows and ornate timber-framed doors.

A swathe of white marble bench tops, gently flecked with grey, complement this large all-white space.

When a big occasion demands even more space, there’s a butler’s pantry, complete with masses of storage, next door.

For sheer elegant alfresco entertaining, the garden is a stunner, with high limestone walls, a mix of limestone and aged brick paving and a drop-dead gorgeous water feature/fountain, complete with a couple of cherubs.

The old coach house has been revamped into a stylish studio with high vaulted ceilings and lead-light windows, some set high in the wall for added light.

This very generous space is perfect for paying guests or elderly parents, and has its own private courtyard.

This home offers a graceful lifestyle, with all the vibrancy Fremantle has to offer a mere five-minute walk away.

By JENNY D’ANGER

30 Hampton Road, Fremantle
offers mid $1 million
Peter Burns
0418 925 012
Mack Hall Real Estate
9286 5555
home open Saturday
October 28, 10.45 – 11.30 am
and Wednesday November
1, 6.45 – 7.30 pm.

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