Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Residential -

IN the popular west­ern end of Lath­lain, tucked be­hind a neat front gar­den, is this beau­ti­fully pre­sented en­try into the sought-af­ter sub­urb.

The 1960s char­ac­ter cottage has been ren­o­vated and ex­tended, with thought­ful changes that bring the home in line with to­day’s trends.

Across 183sq m of space, many of the home’s orig­i­nal fea­tures are still in­tact, in­clud­ing the pol­ished floor­boards and dec­o­ra­tive ceil­ings.

The own­ers, who have lived in the home since 2003, ren­o­vated it about six years ago.

“We pulled out the kitchen win­dow to re­ally open up the back area and we ripped up the car­pet and lino that was hid­ing the floor­boards,” one said.

“My brother-in-law, who is a builder, also took time to save the orig­i­nal cor­nic­ing in the kitchen.”

The floor­plan is de­cep­tively spa­cious and has four bed­rooms, one bath­room, a light-filled for­mal lounge with a fire­place, an open­plan kitchen/dining room, and a 32sq m al­fresco space.

The kitchen is sim­ply stunning with its stone-look bench­tops, glass splash­backs, stain­less steel cooking ap­pli­ances and Miele dish­washer.

The bath­room has also been given a fan­tas­tic up- date and now fea­tures a dou­ble-sized semi-frame­less glass shower, a mod­ern van­ity unit with gen­er­ous stor­age and a toi­let.

There is a sep­a­rate pow­der room for guests just next to the ren­o­vated laun­dry, which has a fit­ted dryer.

From the tiled dining room, step out­side to the ex­ten­sive decked out­door en­ter­tain­ing area, which has a skil­lion roof, very low­main­te­nance gar­den beds and a patch of lawn for the kids and pets.

“We en­ter­tain quite a bit out there; mainly bar­be­cues, and you can see the city from there,” the owner said.

“Be­cause we’re down the hill, we have peo­ple round on Australia Day where we can watch the fire­works on the river and then over Crown Perth dur­ing Chi­nese New Year.”

The prop­erty has plenty of ex­tras, in­clud­ing ducted re­verse-cy­cle air­con­di­tion­ing, ceil­ing fans in all bed­rooms and the lounge, builtin robes in two bed­rooms, se­cu­rity screens on all doors and win­dows, and an un­der­croft lock-up garage.

“It’s also close to the river; my part­ner used to run down to the river all the time, one of the own­ers said. “And ob­vi­ously, we’re in walk­ing dis­tance to Crown and the fu­ture footy oval.”

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