A bit of grit and determination

A TRIO of cottages on Harwood Street, in Hilton are a perfect snapshot of before, during and after, and a demonstration what can be done by those with vision and grit.

Number 19 was a wreck when the owners took it on.

“It was uninhabitable, there was no bathroom, all the walls were kicked in, and the windows boarded up, and most of the ceilings needed replacing.”

There were pleasant surprises with the discovery of aged oak floorboards, buried under layers of decrepit vinyl tiles.

It’s now a drop-dead gorgeous home, with a thoroughly modern, spacious, kitchen and bathroom, stylish open-plan, beautiful bedrooms and a pleasant alfresco area.

A rare gem

Buying the former Homeswest (now Department of Communities) homes is not for the faint hearted the owners say, but well worth it.

“The City of Fremantle was really smart in preserving these houses. I think Hilton is going to become a little gem of a suburb, a rare gem.”

Next door a young couple were hard at work, while baby slept in a front room.

They had a long way to go, but were equally cheerful about their new abode, and the sense of achievement in bringing it back to life as their family home.

Number 15 is currently for sale.

There’s no denying it’s a wreck with little to recommend it to those without the imagination to see beyond its derelict state.

Boarded up windows made things gloomy inside where walls had holes, the ceiling was a mess and the kitchen all but nonexistent.

But a central fireplace, in what could be a delightful open-plan, instantly sparked ideas for a bright future for this two-bedroom home.

With 370sqm there’s room to extend, and still have room for an alfresco area, and grass for kids to play.

“There’s work to be done, but fortune favours the brave,” the agent summed up.

Post World War II Hilton was planned as a garden suburb with housing for returned servicemen and immigrants.

Fremantle council fought tooth and nail to ensure it retained its garden status, its original housing stock, and mature trees.

The Dept of Communities came on board partnering with the city to  increase housing diversity while retaining the old houses.

“[Enhancing] the tree-lined streetscapes of Hilton and preserving the suburb’s heritage charm,” the department’s media unit said.

by JENNY D’ANGER

15 Harwood Street, Hilton
$330,000
Cindy Loffell
0412 120 050
dethridgeGROVES Real Estate
9336 0740

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