BUILT in 1887, this limestone home on Stirling Street, Fremantle has had an interesting history.
Originally it was a family home, and then from the 1970s to the naughties it was a doctor’s surgery.
Over the years it’s been modified several times, the last in 2008 when it was converted into five modern apartments for short-term accommodation.
Occupying 607sqm, the property is almost in the heart of Fremantle, and as a family home in the late 1880s, it would have probably had an extensive veggie patch and chooks.
The old gardens are long gone, replaced by six car bays, and with R60 zoning, the duplex block could be further built on, pending council approval.
In fact the owner was considering building two storeys, above the parking area, which would have connected to the existing building.
It’s one of a number of options for new owners to consider, including converting the building into a medical centre, consulting rooms, or individual office spaces.
Or move into the second storey penthouse apartment and earn an income from short-term rental.
This lofty eyrie has sweeping views of Fremantle, the port and Carnac and Rottnest Islands, and from this vantage point you can even see over the prison walls.
There’s a generous kitchen/living/dining area with a balcony to further enjoy the vista.
It’s a view you can wake up to from the bedroom, or watch ships coming and going while brushing your teeth, thanks to a strategically placed mirror in the en suite.
Once a grand residence, the abode has high ceilings and thick stone walls, and there’s a maze of cellars below.
There are three studio apartments on the ground floor and a larger one-bedroom apartment. Each has its own entry and outdoor sitting area, or balcony.
All the studios are fully equipped, including the bathroom and the kitchenette which is packed with appliances and cutlery.
Sound proofing in the wall cavities means peace between neighbours, while solar panels keep power bills down.
The CAT bus runs past the front door and the Fremantle CBD is a few minutes’ walk away, making this a great opportunity for a home business or investment.
by JENNY D’ANGER
3 Stirling Street, Fremantle
0431 520 651