Beach beck­ons from the back­yard

Prox­im­ity to the ocean and fra­grant flow­ers cre­ate a piece of par­adise. By NATALIE HORDOV

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Residential -

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.

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