Colonial gem

HISTORY, charm and gorgeous gardens combine in perfect harmony at Atwell House in Fremantle.

Built in 1898, the colonial mansion was the home of prominent local businessman Henry Atwell, who also owned the Atwell Arcade where the High Street Mall is now in Fremantle.

He arrived in the port city in 1864 as a convict, having been sent down under for forgery.

But he had a ticket of leave, and within 10 years had his own business employing 55 men, including woodcutters, labourers, quarrymen, masons and carpenters.

So there was no shortage of workers when he built his limestone home on Solomon Street, overlooking the city, port and ocean.

With 10 children, the Atwells needed plenty of space and this sprawling gem has five bedrooms and two bathrooms, a reception room, living room and a three-room studio.

Henry and wife Sarah would feel right at home with the ornate fire places, wide jarrah floorboards, gorgeous ceiling roses and deep skirting.

A number of rooms have french doors opening onto a wide wrap-around verandah.

Mrs Atwell would approve of the modern, light-filled kitchen and the spacious new living area with views of the city and ocean.

When it comes to alfresco dining there’s a choice of a sheltered side verandah or one with an ocean vista.

For more formal occasions there’s an elegant dining room that served as a ballroom in the colonial days.

The Atwell family’s box room comprises three rooms under the home, which would make a great guest suite or teenage retreat.

It has its own verandah overlooking a delightful garden, where a riot of natives and exotics rub shoulders in happy profusion on the 1068sqm property.

Atwell House is on the national and state heritage registers, and this is a rare opportunity to own a piece of Australian history while enjoying a fine lifestyle close to Fremantle and its many delights.

77 Solomon Street, Fremantle
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Linda Digby 0402 122 267
Nick French 0407 884 035
dethridgeGROVES Real Estate
9336 1166

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