Classic cottage

EATING figs straight off the tree while showering in your garden – how good is that?

Judging by the gnarled trunk and high branches on this fig tree, it was planted in the same year this semi-detached cottage in Fremantle was built – 1897.

The garden is a lush oasis, and high walls ensure bathing under the shower attached to the tree is a very private affair.

If you’re less daring, the modern bathroom with slumped-glass windows will be more appealing.

This two-bedroom, limestone cottage is a delight from the moment you step onto the rich jarrah floors in the hallway.

The owners are not afraid to use colour and I was blown away by the gorgeous aqua tones in one of the street-facing bedrooms. The fireplaces are a darker shade, adding a real pizzaz to the rooms.

Rose madder highlights the coal fire in the central lounge, which contrasts nicely with the lighter coloured walls. Cafe au lait is an appropriate colour for the modern kitchen/dining area at the rear of the home. Its frothy creaminess is a pleasant antidote to the stark white cupboards and subway-tiled splash back.

A bank of casement windows over the sink dishes up views of the alfresco and serene garden, where a decked walkway flanked by pleasant garden beds leads to a shed and the old toilet at the bottom of the garden.

It’s only a 10-minute walk from this tranquil Hampton Road home to the CBD, and the local primary school and John Curtin College of the Arts are not much further.

By Jenny D’Anger

58 Hampton Road, Fremantle
Call for price details
Lauri Curtain 0422 478 150
Nick French 0407 884 035
dethridgeGroves Real Estate
Phone 9336 1166

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