THIS 1870s South Street home is a heritage masterpiece.
It looks as good as the day it was built, and has all the pre-Gold Rush bells and whistles, including stunning stained glass doors and windows, delicate ceiling roses, fireplaces, beautifully polished jarrah floors and 4.2 metre-high ceilings.
An imposing limestone and decorative cast-iron fence encircles this private estate, and there are views of Carnac, Garden and Rottnest Islands—even from the garden.
Head to the second-storey deck and you can enjoy a kaleidoscope of activity on the ocean, from yacht races to shipping movements in the port, or submarines heading down to Garden Island.
A wide central hall leads to a formal lounge and adjacent dining room.
It has french doors, opening onto the wrap-around verandah, and it’s easy to feel the ghosts of past grand dinners—the gentlemen retiring outside for cigars and port, and the women awaiting their return.
No such nonsense in the 21st century kitchen/family room next door—a sprawling, light-filled space designed for everyone to share.
There’s granite benchtops in the kitchen, and an island breakfast bar where guests can chat while the chef adds the finishing touches to dinner.
Whether it’s a birthday, Christmas or wedding, the adjacent terrace patio is a delightful spot to entertain.
Or head upstairs to the vast, timber-ceilinged deck with its built-in-barbecue kitchen.
Two of the three spacious bedrooms are on the ground floor, but the main is on the upper level, and it’s a giant space with a lovely en suite, walk-in-robe and balcony.
There’s secure parking for two cars, and with a circular drive at the rear of the property, pulling out onto South Street won’t a problem. This gorgeous abode is more than a house—it’s a home.
106 South Street, Fremantle
0409 300 600
open Sat December 16, 9.30–10.30am