A BRIGHT blue door set in a soaring limestone wall conjures up memories of my travels in the Greek islands.
No I didn’t do a Shirley Valentine, but this Solomon Street home on the Beaconsfield ridge does reminds me of the Mediterranean.
There’s a delightful courtyard garden, protected by a parapet wall, and I paused to look over the roof-tops to the ocean, picturing myself enjoying a retsina in a Greek taverna.
Mediterranean images were quickly banished as I stepped through the wide, stained glass front door to discover the delights of an early Fremantle cottage.
Built around the late 1800s, this three-bedroom, two-bathroom abode has a variety of ornate fireplaces, wide jarrah floors and decorative ceiling roses.
On a gloomy wet day, thick limestone walls ensured a warm ambience, and the central lounge, with its flickering gas-powered fire, had an old world charm.
Despite its modern conveniences, the kitchen also has a pleasant old-world feel.
Crisp white cupboards have red-brown jarrah tops and an assortment of vintage-style tiles, behind the sink, add a splash of colour.
Bi-fold doors connect the spacious open-plan with the timber decking, and a massive old peppermint tree creates an enchanting alfresco. There’s also a lovely vine-covered pergola.
Sitting on 408sqm there’s raised garden beds, including corrugated-tin vegetable beds, lime and lemon trees and a heavily fruiting passionfruit, plus a couple of rainwater tanks.
A well-sized studio could become a teenage pad or a kids’ playroom on wet days.
And there’s secure parking off Wharfing Lane.
A street-facing bedroom has a loft with stunning views of Garden, Carnac and Garden Islands.
This delightful home is close to shops, cafes and the beach.
Beaconsfield Primary School is a short walk away and Fremantle College not much further.
by JENNY D’ANGER
168 Solomon Street, Beaconsfield
price on application
0413 749 944
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