Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Residential -

THOUGHT­FULLY ren­o­vated and ex­tended, this 506sq m prop­erty is per­fect for a young fam­ily who want to be close to it all.

The own­ers, a mar­ried cou­ple with two teenage chil­dren and a dog, bought the prop­erty in 1998 after they mi­grated from Scot­land.

“When we bought the house it was just your ba­sic two-bed­room Cal­i­for­nian bun­ga­low,” the wife said.

“We lived in it for a while, did mi­nor up­grades to the kitchen and then we did the ex­ten­sion in 2000 when our son was born.”

On a leafy street par­al­lel to Can­ning High­way, the home is close to bus routes run­ning straight into the city and down all the way to Fre­man­tle.

Shops, cafes, the lo­cal IGA and schools are all a short drive away.

“It’s a nice fam­ily area, there are good schools and it’s a nice com­mu­nity,” the owner said.

“We also liked it here be­cause Kens­ing­ton is pre­dom­i­nantly houses – there aren’t many units or apart­ments – and for its prox­im­ity to ev­ery­where, in­clud­ing the city and river.”

Show­cas­ing tons of street ap­peal, the home is tucked away be­hind a charm­ing white picket fence.

Beyond the front porch, the home has character fea­tures ex­pected of a home of this vin­tage – such as high dec­o­ra­tive ceil­ings, pic­ture rails, lead­light win­dows and jar­rah floor­boards – which cre­ate a warm and invit­ing am­bi­ence.

The mi­nor bed­rooms and fam­ily bath­room are at the front of the home, in­clud­ing the sec­ond bed­room com­plete with lounge to cre­ate the ul­ti­mate guest room or teenager’s re­treat.

Mov­ing fur­ther inside the air­con­di­tioned res­i­dence, it be­comes hard to pick where the orig­i­nal house stops and the ex­ten­sion be­gins.

Here, the spa­cious kitchen with is­land bench and stain­less steel ap­pli­ances ties to­gether beau­ti­fully with the mas­sive din­ing room with vaulted ceil­ings.

Out­side is a tim­ber deck that is per­fect for din­ing or en­ter­tain­ing un­der the stars.

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