THIS North Fremantle home is really a two in one—a gorgeous four-bedroom abode on one side and a quaint one-bedroom dwelling a wall-thickness away.
The property has heritage credentials dating back to 1883, when Corporal Thomas Marten was gifted a huge parcel of land on what is now Thompson Road.
He built a humble two-bedroom limestone cottage for his wife and four children, but no doubt there were more little Martens, because 12 years later there were nine rooms.
This five-bedroom/three-bathroom property was recently restored and extended, but has lost none of its old-world charm.
The owner raised her daughters here and her mother lived next door, with a connecting door that was often open.
“My girls used to go next door to my mum’s all the time.”
A verandah, running the length of both buildings, offers lovely views of the sweeping front garden of this 847sqm property.
It’s sheltered by a massive tree, “which keeps traffic noise down and is shady”.
The thick stone walls evoke old-world charm, and each dwelling is accessed via a cosy sitting room with a coal fire that wouldn’t be out of place in a Dickens novel.
There’s a choice of living rooms, with some on the ground floor and one on the second level.
With its vaulted timber ceiling, and a balcony to enjoy the glorious tree-top panorama, the upstairs living room is a peaceful haven.
“It’s my favourite room because my music is up there,” the owner says.
The kitchen is a huge space, with a timber ceiling and wooden island bench, and has a monstrous 1800s replica oven that can be used as a wood fire or electric.
A set of french doors lead to a delightful courtyard garden on one side, while a second set open onto a gorgeous rear garden and alfresco.
Seated in the rear sitting room of the single-bed dwelling, with casement windows overlooking the garden, I had a Jane Austen moment. The house was a genteel bolt-hole that was hard to leave.
Properties like this are rare and an added bonus is the close proximity to the river and the ocean, and the many cafes and bars on Queen Victoria Street.
by JENNY D’ANGER
15 Thompson Road, North Fremantle
0402 122 267
0407 884 035
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