QUEEN Victoria Street was once lined with elegant early 20th century homes.
But after the heritage vandalism of the 1960s, there were only four left, and we could have lost them if it wasn’t for Fremantle architect Murray Slavin.
A few years ago, squatters moved in and ripped up jarrah floorboards for firewood.
“Murry Slavin took the terraces under his wing and saved them,” the real estate agent says.
Fortunately the houses are now on the state heritage register and have been listed by the National Trust.
Built in 1890, the houses were leased by the colony’s professional classes including surgeons, master mariners and teachers.
Number 20 has been restored to its former glory with wide jarrah floorboards, beautiful ceiling roses, gorgeous fireplaces (converted to gas) and a lovely iron-lace balustrade verandah.
The four-bedroom/two-bathroom home exudes genteel charm, with a spacious lounge room overlooking the street and decorative plaster arches.
The huge country-style kitchen has granite bench tops inset into golden timber cupboards.
French doors lead to a pleasant rear courtyard with a raked roof, high walls and raised garden beds.
It’s the perfect spot for a morning coffee or for entertaining friends on the weekend.
The floors on the second level are made from soft, honey-gold Oregon pine.
Three bedrooms are on this level including the ensuite main, which has a street-facing balcony.
The new owner of this Fremantle home will become a custodian of the port city’s history, while enjoying a cosmopolitan lifestyle.
By JENNY D’ANGER
20 Queen Victoria Street, Fremantle
Mary Burns 0413 749 944
dethridgeGROVE Real Estate 9336 1166