HAMPTON Road could be a million miles away as you drive down Henville Street and discover a leafy cul-de-sac full of gorgeous cottages.
The three-bedroom cottage, at number three, exudes charm from its every weatherboard panel and jarrah floorboard.
Built in 1890, the original rooms have that classic worker’s cottage feel, and include all the heritage bells and whistles, like wide jarrah floors, deep skirting, fireplaces and half-timber walls.
These dados add a warm and inviting feel to the bedrooms, with one boasting a timber ceiling for extra ambience.
The main bedroom overlooking the street has a sweet little en suite, which features cedar on two walls and eggshell blue tiles on the rest.
The central lounge is a cosy nook, with timber lining the walls and ceiling, and has a raw-brick fireplace.
Past and present blend perfectly in the huge open-plan, where super-high, white-beamed ceilings form interesting angles, and a swag of windows and doors ensure plenty of light.
The icing on the cake for me was the gorgeous lead light french doors and windows, which sparkle like jewels.
They lead to a small courtyard, shielded by high raw-brick walls.
There’s nothing old world about the kitchen, which is spacious and modern.
It’s clean lines are enhanced by the white pantry, the drawers and cupboards, and a sweep of golden-brown timber tops.
Windows above the sink double as a servery for the alfresco.
There’s no way I’d be parking an oil-dripping car in the “garage”, with its pristine jarrah floors, and lovely aged-brick and curved timber walls.
This lovely space would be better used as a studio. Add a bathroom and it could become short-term accommodation.
Overseas visitors would enjoy Henville’s proximity to Freo, and the vibrant shopping precinct on Wray Avenue.
3 Henville Street, Fremantle
Home open Saturday, December 9,
0413 749 944
0407 884 035
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