THIS spacious one-bedroom apartment in the heart of Fremantle is a prime example of how the detail can make or break an up-cycle.
It’s in a small complex of apartments built in the 60s, but has been so thoroughly modernised the only hint of the past is the striped awning over the balcony.
Like a bride’s dress, the crisp white internal walls give the apartment an untouched look, but the timber flooring makes sure it still has a warm and contemporary feel.
So does the kitchen, where the remodel is at its peak.
Stylish marble benchtops mercifully relegate the laminate to the skip bin, while the stainless steel Smeg gas oven and cooktop will mean no more two-hour waits to boil an egg on your newfangled electric hotplate (oh, how I hated them).
And with yesterday’s dishes and a pair of leaky gloves awaiting me on the sink this morning, I’d hardly be one to knock back the built-in dishwasher.
The bathroom was another example of how a deft touch can transform a place; a new loo, taps and shower head, and a sink make it a perfectly modern space.
But clearly the real selling point for this apartment is location.
It’s just a five-minute walk to the Cappuccino Strip, or an eight-minute walk to the South Fremantle cafe strip when you’re feeling a bit jaded about the town centre and need a change of scene.
Even closer for a tipple after work is the super-cool small bar Who’s Your Mumma, then duck up Wray Ave for your weekly meat and veg from Frank’s and Galati’s.
South Beach, including the doggy bit, is also just a short walk away.
By STEVE GRANT
11/182 South Tce, South Fremantle
Mary Burns 0413 749 944
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