BE­HIND BE­GUIL­ING FA­CADE

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Residential -

FROM the street front, it would be easy to as­sume this char­ac­ter cottage is on a com­pact block with a small back yard.

But what a big mis­take that would be as this lovely home hides a whop­ping R20-zoned 1123sq m block and plenty of sur­prises.

The owner has lived in the 1953built home for the past 23 years, bring­ing up his fam­ily, and ren­o­vated the home most re­cently two years ago.

“The first ren­o­va­tion was done six years ago out the back with the ex­ten­sion for the games room and al­fresco area,” he said.

“Then an­other was done three years ago for the new mas­ter bed­room, and the kitchen and front room are the most re­cent.”

The ren­o­vated res­i­dence now has four bed­rooms, two bath­rooms, a home of­fice, high ceil­ings, tim­ber floors and beau­ti­ful light-filled living ar­eas.

“My favourite space is the newly ren­o­vated kitchen/living area out the front,” the owner said.

“When I first moved in, I couldn’t cook but now I do cook a fair bit and my part­ner does as well so we have made our­selves a nice new space to work in.”

Com­pletely re­vamped, the cooking space will im­press with its sleek, glossy cab­i­netry, is­land bench with wa­ter­fall edges and break­fast bar, and top-of-the-range stain­less steel cooking ap­pli­ances.

The ad­ja­cent lounge is po­si­tioned to­wards the front of the home and en­joys scenic views of the tree-lined street.

A long hall­way, which leads to the bed­rooms, ends in a sep­a­rate wing of the dwelling, which houses a huge open-plan games room. Per­fect for teenagers, there is plenty of space for both a pool ta­ble and a ta­ble ten­nis set-up in the sunken area, while the sit­ting area is per­fect for the TV and Playsta­tion.

On top of all this, stacker doors here open up to the al­fresco dining space, which over­looks the be­low­ground pool and a half-size ten­nis court at the rear.

Par­ents get to en­joy the mas­ter bed­room, which has a mas­sive builtin robe and en­suite as well as french doors that open out to a pri­vate decked court­yard.

Com­plet­ing the pic­ture are four cov­ered park­ing bays ac­cessed via a side street.

The owner added that the neigh­bour­hood was hard to beat.

“It’s great in terms of ac­cess – I work in Rock­ing­ham and it’s easy to get on the free­way com­ing against the traf­fic,” he said.

“I also do a lot of sail­ing and we go across to the yacht club and west­ern sub­urbs where my fam­ily is.

“The kids went to Penrhos and Wes­ley, which are also both re­ally close by.

“I gen­uinely love this house and the kids more so.”

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