Beach beckons from the backyard
Proximity to the ocean and fragrant flowers create a piece of paradise. By NATALIE HORDOV
WHEN they first saw this two-storey house, the owners loved that it was tucked away behind the deep green verges and big pine trees on Broome Street, but it was its proximity to the beach that sealed the deal.
“We walked out the back gate, past five houses and were looking at the beach over the green grass of Grant Marine Park,” they said.
“Since then, I believe I have swum every day I have been here.
“We have come to realise how lucky we are; there are miles of coast in Cottesloe, but by far the best area of beach is between North Cottesloe Surf Club and Grant Street rocks – straight down from the house.”
The home was initially bought as an investment property, but the owners fell in love with it and chose it over their original home.
They describe it as a serene oasis. On a long 315sq m block, it was built by Danny Psaros and was designed to maximise convenience and limit maintenance.
The ground floor includes the kitchen and family/meals area, a central courtyard and separate sunroom that overlooks the recently installed pool.
“It is the most beautiful, private jewel of a pool,” the owners said.
“It has Bisazza mosaic tiles, a natural African stone sundeck, pool fences and gates in wrought iron with limestone piers to match the rose-clad limestone walls, and best of all a fountain incorporating a nineteenth century Ottoman cast-iron lion head spout and carved marble basin of similar provenance, all backed by Florentine mirror tiles handmade by a craftsman in Melbourne.”
The owners’ other major project was to establish two Michelia Alba trees in the central courtyard.
“These are exotic relatives of the magnolia, also known as 'White Jade Orchid' trees, with the most incredible fragrant white flowers – the base for “Joy” perfume by Jean Patou.” the owners said.
“The fragrance wafts through the entire house on summer and autumn evenings.”
The home's first floor includes the three bedrooms and two bathrooms.
When asked to name their favourite areas of the home, the owners said there were four.
“The sunroom between the courtyard and the front yard, because it is so serene and reminds us of beautiful sitting rooms in our favourite hotels like the Ritz in Madrid, the Raffles in Singapore and Villa Cimbrone on the Amalfi,” they said.
“There is a view into the garden from both sides.”
Understandably, the pool deck is another favourite place and, as they enjoy entertaining when guests come to stay, the courtyard and kitchen are also much-loved.
“We love to sit at the long table in the courtyard, under the umbrella during the day and under the stars at night, and serve our guests food from the wood-fired oven,” they said.
“And from the kitchen you can look directly down the central axis of the house, through the courtyard and sunroom to the pool with the mirrored tiles of the fountain reflecting the trees in the front yard.”
The owners are selling to consolidate their property holdings. They will not be going far; they are convinced they live in the best, and most convenient, neighbourhood in Perth and will be moving just around the corner.