FREMANTLE’S quirky nature is on full show in this semi-detached worker’s cottage on Attfield Street.
For starters, “Only in Fremantle” would a two-storey ancillary dwelling be permitted on this lean piece of land.
The heritage listed semi was built around 1908 and not a lot has changed over the intervening 111 years.
Lovely jarrah floorboards, deep skirting and a decorative plaster arch in the hallway announce its vintage.
There’s a particularly cute art nouveau fireplace in the street-facing bedroom and another commanding fireplace in the central lounge.
Classic wrought iron bars on the windows ensure peace of mind.
Things get less heritage and more retro once you pass through the lounge, and I predict the new owners will be ripping down the back of the home to build up and out (with council approval of course).
The kitchen is underwhelming, as is the adjacent bathroom which is pure 1970s.
The concrete on the kitchen floor isn’t the trendy polished sort and the lack of cupboards and bench space would have a master chef running out the door screaming.
There’s a mature gum tree in the minimalist garden, which would be a good focal point for a courtyard alfresco.
Location is everything and this two-bedroom home has that in spades, with gorgeous renovated properties on either side.
A short walk down tree-lined King William Street takes you to the cafes, eateries and pubs on the South Terrace strip.
South Beach is also within walking distance and you can jump on a free CAT bus into town.
by JENNY D’ANGER
126 Attfield Street,
Mark Brophy Real Estate