NORMALLY you have to compromise on something if you buy a federation-era house – location, number of rooms, pool or garden.
But this gorgeous home has it all – five bedrooms, two bathrooms, massive pool and manicured grounds on Solomon Street in Fremantle.
The house was originally built in 1904 during the gold boom for prominent businessman John Bateman, who wanted a stately home in the federation Queen Anne style.
Back then Solomon was a dress-circle street and the address of choice for the merchant barons of Freo.
The recent addition to the house ensures it not only has a great pedigree, but plenty of space and modern features for the 21st century family. In a nutshell, you have the best of old and new.
Things get off to a stylish start with the leadlight window on the front door. Inside a chandelier sets off the entrance hallway with rooms to each side.
In a world of cookie-cutter open plans, I still like the traditional hallway, which gives each room its own identity and defined locale, as well as great noise separation if you have kids.
The kitchen/dining area is particularly stunning with high ceilings and a pristine white kitchen combining to great effect.
It pulls off the tricky job of combing vintage with contemporary without any conspicuous joins, and the jarrah floorboards finish this room off nicely.
The Chook hasn’t seen a nicer bedroom than this one: vintage ornate wooden bed, period fireplace, giant gilded mirror and beautiful cornicing and ceiling medallions make a grand impression.
With summer here, you’ll be spending a lot of time in the big pool in the back garden.
The Herald likes the terrace with the bullnose verandah, letting you sit in the shade while the kids play in the pool.
Nearby is the new wing, which includes a large living room opening to the pool, bathroom, and a bedroom with access to the rear courtyard.
The addition has the feel of a breezy summer house, which would be the perfect place for visiting guests and family.
There’s good flexibility with space for a home office with its own entrance from the verandah and carport.
The courtyard is stunning with a tasteful bas-relief on the wall and beautiful stonework.
A great spot for a BBQ or drinks with friends at sunset.
The home includes a balcony with ocean glimpses, Calcatta velvet kitchen, storeroom/workshop, pond and bore reticulation.
Situated on a 930sqm block on Solomon Street, it’s a short stroll to all the cafes, bars and restaurants in Fremantle (no more Ubers) and it’s close to Bathers, Port and South Beaches.
This is a historic Freo home with the best of both worlds.
72 Solomon Street, Fremantle
Auction today (Saturday December 17) 10am
White House Property Partners 9319 2024
Agent Stefanie Dobro 0409 229 115