FOR near on 100 years Russell Street’s tannery was an industrial hub virtually on the doorstep of Fremantle’s CBD.
It was also the only WA tannery which kept up the tradition of vegetable dyes (wattle bark), right until it closed in 1995/96.
Straight after the buildings were sold off, the original 1854 limestone buildings which pre-dated the tannery and fellmongers were turned into stunning heritage-listed homes, and the 1921 warehouse fronting them into high end apartments.
Number 4a is a funky one-bedroom warehouse conversion, with a terrific industrial edge, including original massive timber uprights in the living area.
Set in a wall of steel and frosted glass the front door is virtually on the pavement, screened from the road by a wide, heavily vegetated verge.
You literally step into the open-plan kitchen/dining area from the footpath.
Dark grey tiles are complemented by crisp white walls, and the black cupboards, and benches in the kitchen add a classy and dramatic touch.
Almost floor-to-ceiling double white doors next to the kitchen hide the laundry.
The kitchen, although small, is well set out, with an integrated dishwasher and plenty of cupboards, but living this close to the CBD new owners probably won’t be doing much cooking.
But for morning coffee, or somewhere to relax alfresco there’s a pleasant little north-facing courtyard, protected by high walls.
Dark grey, iron-framed timber stairs lead to the second level mezzanine bedroom, with its wall of frosted glass facing onto the street.
One section of the wall is clear glass, giving a view of the lushly planted verge, without those below being able to see in.
There’s a compact modern ensuite, and a bank of floor-to-ceiling, mirror-fronted, built-in-robes.
Accessed through the rear courtyard there’s off-street parking for one car.
But with Fremantle’s CBD, and the South Terrace strip barely five minutes walk away, one car is all you’ll need at this inner-city address.
By JENNY D’ANGER
4/22a Russell St, Fremantle
Brad Katnich 0466 900 955
Mark Brophy 0403 382 555
Mark Brophy Real Estate 9335 9800