IF you follow the red brick road to this Fremantle home you could be forgiven for thinking you were in a bush retreat down south.
Massive old gum and peppermint trees shade the front courtyard of this two-storey home in McCleery Street, and the surrounding blocks add more greenery to the country idyll.
Inside, the limestone walls, terracotta floors tiles and jarrah create the feel of a four-bedroom holiday home.
The simplicity of the layout belies its spaciousness, and the owners raised four daughters here.
“And when they visit with their families it expands,” they say.
The ground floor is devoted to living space, including a separate lounge with french doors opening onto the courtyard garden.
There’s a touch of Provence in the country-style kitchen, with the preparation area and sink set in an embayed window, framed by a limestone archway.
Cute, gothic-shape stained glass adds a touch of whimsy to the dining area, and jarrah-framed doors lead to the spacious family area into the garden.
There’s a choice of alfresco areas, including a pleasant nook in the front courtyard.
Or head to the rear, where high limestone walls and greenery create a secret garden for pleasant Sunday brunches, or Saturday arvo barbecues.
The bedrooms are upstairs, including the main, which is a generous space with a balcony facing the tree-tops.
One of the two bathrooms is on this level, along with a cute study with a raked ceiling.
A stand-alone limestone studio at the front of the property is a great teenage pad with a bedroom and separate sitting room.
McCleery Street is a two-minute stroll away from the South Fremantle cafe strip, and 20 minutes from South Beach and the CBD. Fremantle College and Beaconsfield Primary School are even closer.
by JENNY D’ANGER
23A McCleery Street, Beaconsfield
0403 382 555
Mark Brophy Real Estate