THIS gorgeous Fremantle apartment in the former Oceanic Hotel is layered with history.
It’s so significant it’s on the state and national heritage registers, and been classified by the National Trust.
Built during the 1898 gold boom, the two-storey premises replaced the earlier Welsh Harp Inn, which by 1897 was so seedy its licence was revoked.
A hundred years later another layer was added to the city’s rich history when the “orange people” came to town bringing colour and controversy.
They purchased the old pub, turning it into apartments and renaming it Rivendell after the Elven realm in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.
There’s certainly plenty of magic around the federation building, including huge stained glass windows and a gorgeous jarrah staircase in the sweeping central foyer.
Number 6 had its own make-over a few years ago and the result is a spacious light-filled four-bedroom abode, with stunning features and plenty of stylish modernity.
On cold days, a gas-powered coal fire pumps out a welcoming warmth in the huge living area.
The fire and TV niche are set into a soaring wall of honey-gold timber.
There’s gorgeous panelling features throughout the home, including a mass of cupboards in the living room, along with the built-in-robes in the bedrooms, and in custom-made shelving in the study.
There’s dark grey stone benchtops in the sleek kitchen, which has a Gaggenau stove, oven and dishwasher.
The clever use of translucent material in the huge walk-in-pantry allows natural light into the central space.
Massive, floor-to-ceiling stacker doors peel back to reveal a generous alfresco that seems to invite the skyline in.
You can even check the time on the town hall clock tower from here.
The dining area has the same wall and fireplace as the living area, and a door onto a verandah facing Collie Street.
You can look down the street to South Terrace, and to the Esplanade Reserve in the opposite direction.
Living in the heart of Fremantle you’re bound to get plenty of visitors, and one of the bedrooms and a bathroom is perfect as a guest suite.
The other bedrooms each have fireplaces and built-in-robes. The adjacent bathroom is a generous, light-filled space with a deep bath and separate shower.
This is a chance to be the custodian of a little slice of Fremantle’s history, while enjoying a fantastic inner-city lifestyle.
By JENNY D’ANGER
6/8 Collie Street, Fremantle
Mark Brophy 0403 382 555
Mark Brophy Real Estate 9335 9800