THIS is the story of a house that grew like Topsy.
Built in the 1950s, alterations over the years have transformed this home into a palatial affair with a choice of living areas, two dining rooms and a massive games room.
As appealing as Topsy in Uncle Tom’s Cabin, this three-bedroom/two-bathroom home has plenty of ‘50s and ‘60s retro touches.
There’s lovely honey-gold parquetry in one of the living and dining rooms, and a sweep of jarrah elsewhere.
One of the lounge/living rooms has elegant timber-framed windows and a classic ‘60s natural stone feature wall, inset with a gas-fired fireplace and built-in shelving/cupboard.
Huge picture windows wrap around an extension to another lounge/living room, creating a pleasant sun room, which overlooks the leafy front garden and wide verge.
A huge green-and-gold geometrical stained-glass panel in the entry vestibule ensures a cheery welcome.
With so many varied rooms this home has great flexibility as family needs grow and change.
Updated in the ‘80s, the central kitchen is spacious and serviceable, but in need of modernising.
As is one of the bathrooms, which is big but a startling pink colour, including the almost floor-to-ceiling tiles and bathtub.
High fences protect a north-facing rear courtyard and a terraced alfresco; both perfect for leisurely lunches.
When the kids want to burn off energy there’s the front garden with it’s swathe of grass. The bedrooms are all double with built-in-robes.
Head outside and you’ll find a studio undercroft.
With it’s own porch, the studio’s a great space for a workshop, wine cellar or perhaps a music rehearsal room.
Situated in the heart of community-minded White Gum Valley, this interesting home is a five-minute drive from Fremantle, and there are a choice of cafes and shops close by.
by JENNY D’ANGER
158 Samson Street, White Gum Valley
0413 749 944
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