WHEN this terrace home was built in 1890 on Hampton Road, it was called Prison Road and tongue-and-groove floorboards were a rarity in the Swan River colony.
Much has changed in the intervening 100-plus years, but this cute cottage has retained many of its vintage features including high ceilings, deep skirting and delicate ceiling roses.
The floors are solid, thick planks of beautifully aged timber, possibly wandoo.
Thick limestone walls ensure tranquility throughout this house, including an exposed raw-limestone wall in the street-facing bedroom.
The almost mint condition Metters wood stove in the spacious lounge hints at its former life as a kitchen.
Next door is the new kitchen, a lean galley-style space with a mass of windows overlooking the delightful garden and alfresco.
A timber-lined skillion roof suggests this was once the verandah, and there’s plenty of scope to extend and create a spacious family room (subject to council approval).
The garden seems to go on forever, with a forest of mature trees including an almond, fig, lemon and peppermint.
A mix of paving and lawn skirts a stone fire pit, veggie patches and a chook pen.
This three-bedroom home is just over the road from Beaconsfield Primary School, and Fremantle College is within walking distance.
There’s a heap of shops and cafes nearby and it’s a pleasant 10-minute stroll to South Beach.
153 Hampton Road, South Fremantle
Mark Brophy 0403 382 555
Mark Brophy Estate Agent 9335 9800