THIS Bicton house was originally built for a doctor and the suite of rooms facing the street was her surgery.
But it was the river views that attracted the present owner, who bought it after spotting the “for sale” sign on a walk.
And she has enjoyed the vista every day for the past 40 years.
Not quite at the bottom of Petra Street, this four-bedroom/two-bathroom sits on 771sqm, with the river framed by gently sloping grass and manicured gardens.
As I reclined in the owner’s lounge chair, a couple of boats plied the river and I could see why the owner stayed here for 40 years.
East Fremantle Yacht Club is across the road and in summer the river is no doubt alive with brightly coloured yachts.
The covered al fresco would come into its own on sunny days, and it’s the perfect spot for a lazy breakfast or a barbecue with friends and family.
On wild winter days there’s the huge open-plan living area, which has a wall of glass and raked ceiling.
Keeping things warm, dual gas heaters in a slender partition wall face the lounge and dining area.
Making meals in the kitchen would be a joy as you look through the huge windows at the river.
A separate apartment at the rear of the home has a pleasant sitting/dining room, kitchen and en suite bedroom.
With its own entry and courtyard garden, it’s perfect for intergenerational living, visitors, or as a long- or short-term rental.
For those who enjoy an active lifestyle, East Fremantle Tennis Club is across the road and Blackwall Reach, Bicton Baths and Melville Water Polo Club are close at hand.
For the more sedentary there’s a couple of great cafes just up the road.
by JENNY D’ANGER
130 Petra Street, Bicton
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Christine Majeks 0402 762 601
Chanel Majeks 0403 246 377
dethridgeGROVES Real Estate