EVERYTHING has a backstory these days.
Craft beer brewed by celibate monks in a secret underground cave where apes can talk and are plotting to take over the world, cattle that have their own personal trainer, psychotherapist and are read bedtime stories every night to ensure the tastiest beef patties, and bottles of spring water distilled from the tears of Christ himself. The list goes on.
But this Fremantle home actually has an authentic and impressive backstory – it was built in 1897 for a ship’s captain.
Now that is a genuine talking point and is guaranteed to be a conversation starter at dinner parties and get-togethers in this three bedroom, one bathroom home.
The Chook is a sucker for tuck-pointing and this house doesn’t disappoint with the reddish glazed bricks really popping against the limestone facade and dark green window frames.
This house is awash with gorgeous period features including a grand hall archway, high ceilings, vintage fireplaces and exposed brickwork. It’s even got some 19th century Oregon timber in the original section of the home.
The rooms are extremely spacious with the pristine white colour scheme enhancing the open feel.
The lounge is definitely a highlight; a breezy affair with an elegant dado rail and a lovely wood heater beside the feature wall.
The Herald could imagine the afternoon doctor wafting through the open window as you repose on the couch with the Sunday papers.
The kitchen has a slight farmhouse vibe to it and the exposed brickwork around the cooker creates a lovely naturalistic frame.
There’s plenty of room in here with a table in the corner for breakfast and informal meals.
Come summer you’ll be heading out to the gorgeous elevated deck, where you can enjoy glorious views of the lush back garden.
The roofed deck has ornate finishes on the supporting columns, conjuring up visions of a Victorian pavilion from the late 1800s.
There’s a patch of lawn in the garden, which is fringed by some lovely mature trees, providing lots of shade.
The bathroom combines the best of both worlds with a deep standalone bath, large shower and a nod to yesteryear with the panes of frosted glass on the door and brass handles.
There’s plenty of room in the bedrooms, with two featuring gorgeous fireplaces and ceiling fans. The home includes a wine cellar, 19th century Oregon timber floorboards, air-con, undercroft storage and double-hung sash windows.
Situated amongst other historic homes on Bellevue Terrace, you are a couple of streets away from Stevens Reserve, and a short walk from all the cafes, bars and restaurants on South Terrace, as well as South Beach.
So what are you waiting for – don your sou’wester and become the captain of this 21st century abode.
Auction today (Saturday November 12) 11am with viewing from 10.30am
53 Bellevue Terrace, Fremantle
dethridgeGROVES 9336 1166
Agent Michael Harris
0434 076 229