THE owner of this Fremantle cottage is highly amused it was a brothel during World War II.
“I’m a priest and the idea of living in a brothel is quite amusing,” she titters.
With the port city bulging with American servicemen in the early 1940s, I’m pretty sure the two bedrooms in this Bellevue Terrace cottage were making a tidy sum.
Weatherboards line many of the walls, and some of the ceilings are tongue and groove, while under foot it’s aged pine.
The cottage was built in 1898 and is perfect for anyone looking for a character abode to do up.
Renovation ideas have come thick and fast at previous home opens, including those talking about going up a storey to enjoy ocean views.
At the end of a row of small dwellings, the home sits on a 190sqm block and has rear-lane access for off-street parking.
Inside the front door a long, narrow hallway flanks the bedrooms, and stairs lead down to the lounge/dining area.
This slender room is a cosy mix of jarrah floors and timber walls, and an old Metters stove marks where the old kitchen was.
The present galley-style kitchen is pretty basic and the new owners will probably undertake a total make-over.
But I think it’s useable in its current state and has an induction stove, a stylish porcelain sink and a stainless steel benchtop.
And there’s an adjacent bathroom that is also in need of some work.
A covered deck off the kitchen overlooks the garden, which needs a bit more TLC than a priest of a large congregation has time for.
But the bones are there for a great make-over including high rendered walls, a limestone terrace, and mature olive and orange trees.
Located in a heritage precinct this cute character home is a short walk from the Fremantle CBD, John Curtin College of the Arts and Fremantle Primary School.
by JENNY D’ANGER
48 Bellevue Terrace, Fremantle
0413 749 944
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