OLD-WORLD charm and modernity blend in perfect harmony in this Fremantle cottage.
From the street, it’s a classic semi-detached with a pleasant verandah and cute garden.
Beautifully aged jarrah floorboards have been buffed to a muted richness, and there are fireplaces in most of the rooms.
French doors, with matching white plantation shutters, add a colonial touch to the street-facing bedroom, and it’s easy to imagination cool sea breezes on a hot summer’s night.
Meanwhile, there’s always the fireplace in the cosy central lounge or the reverse-cycle ducted air conditioning.
A limestone boundary wall ensures privacy in the lounge and adjacent library/office, which has quaint floor-to-ceiling bookshelves.
An arched doorway between the two rooms could easily be closed to create a second bedroom.
The spacious kitchen has all the appeal of a bygone age, and all the convenience of the 21st century.
There’s loads of white drawers and cupboards, including a tall pantry, jarrah floors, golden-pine benchtops and a shiny-new five-burner stove/oven.
The only thing old world about the generous bathroom is the clawfoot bath, and a section of exposed limestone wall in the toilet, which contrasts nicely with the open shower and funky oval vanity.
Situated on Howard Street, on the edge of Fremantle’s CBD, this gorgeous cottage is a short stroll from Esplanade Park and Bathers Beach.
The vibrant Wray Avenue strip is close by and there’s cafes and bars in every direction.
by JENNY D’ANGER
5 Howard Street, Fremantle
Linda Digby 0402 122 267
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