Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Residential - Arylene West­lake-Jen­nings

BE­HIND the sto­ry­book white picket fence and be­yond cottage gar­dens proudly stands this gor­geous char­ac­ter res­i­dence, over­flow­ing with all the style and el­e­gance of a by­gone era.

From the ve­ran­das, awning and weath­er­board cladding to the fa­cade to the high ceil­ings and tim­ber floor­boards in­side, there is plenty of orig­i­nal charm still in­tact.

The own­ers bought the prop­erty 12 years ago, work­ing hard to turn it into the wel­com­ing fam­ily home it is to­day.

“When we bought the house it was derelict and we did it right back up from the ground up,” one of the own­ers said.

“We spend most of the time on the back deck and a lot of our time in the gar­den.

“We re­ally en­joy gar­den­ing, hence the land­scap­ing, and we’ve got fruit trees all over the place, in­clud­ing limes, lemons, or­ange, man­darins and a peach tree as well.”

The own­ers’ thought­ful up­dates have kept the home up with the times and it now fea­tures down­lights, air­con- di­tion­ing and mod­ern ap­pli­ances.

Through the se­cure en­try, the quaint res­i­dence im­me­di­ately opens up into the free-flow­ing main living space.

This con­sists of the very spa­cious lounge, a con­tem­po­rary kitchen with fea­ture bulk­head ceil­ings and the dining room.

Tucked away are two dou­ble-sized bed­rooms with built-in robes, plus a sleepout that is ideal as a home of­fice or rum­pus room at the rear.

The floor plan also fea­tures a laun­dry room and a well-pre­sented bath­room.

Step­ping out­side, the beau­ti­fully decked full-width al­fresco area will no doubt ap­peal to keen en­ter­tain­ers.

With more than enough room for a large dining space for bar­be­cues as well as a sit­ting area screened by lush gar­dens, there is plenty of flex­i­bil­ity here to ac­com­mo­date par­ties of all sizes.

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