Mag­nif­i­cent home grows from a small seed

Ren­o­va­tions have en­abled this 99-year old prop­erty to keep its poise and charm. By NA­TALIE HORDOV

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Liftout -

BUILT in the days when work­ers’ cot­tages where the norm, this home has grown and ma­tured with the years.

Own­ers An­drew and Deb White said the va­cant land was orig­i­nally pur­chased in 1918 by builder Fran­cis James Robbins, who built the orig­i­nal home and then sold it to the War Ser­vice Homes Com­mis­sion on De­cem­ber 30, 1919.

“The home has un­der­gone sev­eral ren­o­va­tions in the en­su­ing 99 years, the most sig­nif­i­cant of which were per­formed 10 years ago with the ad­di­tion of an en­suite to the main bed­room, a new kitchen, a ren­o­va­tion to the sec­ond bath­room and ex­ten­sive re­mod­elling of the in­te­rior,” they said.

“At the same time the gar­dens were thor­oughly land­scaped, in­clud­ing lime­stone and fea­ture iron work, paving and the plant­ing of hedges, which have since ma­tured into beau­ti­ful ex­am­ples of how to achieve pri­vacy with green­ery.

“Most re­cently we have added an al­fresco liv­ing area open­ing from the fam­ily room, with a ve­randa of match­ing de­sign to the orig­i­nal part of the home.”

Mr White said the orig­i­nal builder, and in­deed all sub­se­quent own­ers, would be very proud to see how the hum­ble seed they sowed and nur­tured had ma­tured into one of Su­bi­aco’s most de­sir­able prop­er­ties.

The home is a su­perb ex­am­ple of a ren­o­vated char­ac­ter home.

Ex­ter­nal fea­tures in­clude tuck­point­ing, turned ve­randa posts and a cor­ru­gated iron roof.

In­side, it has wide jar­rah floor­boards, stained glass win­dows, high ceil­ings with or­nate cor­nices and gor­geous fire­places.

The front of the home in­cludes the mas­ter bed­room with huge en­suite and walk-in robe.

The en­suite ex­udes old-world glam­our with black and white tiling, claw­foot bath and mar­ble bench­tops.

The lay­out leads past a sec­ond bed­room, the for­mal din­ing room and re­ceiv­ing/mu­sic room (this is Mr White's favourite room and houses a 6-foot baby grand pi­ano) to the newer part of the home. There is a mag­nif­i­cent kitchen with gran­ite bench­tops, but­ler’s pantry, Ilve oven and meals area.

Steps lead down to the large fam­ily room. “The home doesn’t re­ally have views ex­cept per­haps for the fam­ily room,” Mr White said.

“Af­ter liv­ing in Paris, where our apart­ment had a view of La Tour Eif­fel, we find it oddly sat­is­fy­ing to see the tower of Sir Charles Gaird­ner hospi­tal with its red flash­ing lights re­mind­ing us of the Eif­fel tower’s lights.”

The fam­ily room opens to the new al­fresco area with Ter­razzo floor­ing, built-in out­door kitchen and rear ve­randa.

There are two more be­d­rooms and a sec­ond bath­room at the back of the home.

The home also has a two-car garage off a rear right-of-way where Mr White kept his 1932 Ford ute, car­port, so­lar pan­els, re­verse-cy­cle air­con­di­tion­ing and se­cu­rity sys­tem, in­clud­ing a cam­era to mon­i­tor ac­tiv­ity at the front gate.

Mr and Mrs White in­tended 135 Gloster Street to be their home for re­tire­ment.

“Af­ter work­ing for 40 years we did re­tire, how­ever the chal­lenges of work and the ex­cite­ment of prop­erty de­vel­op­ment have re­turned and we are sell­ing to achieve our prop­erty de­vel­op­ment aims,” Mr White said

They said Gloster Street was a great lo­ca­tion, close to pub­lic trans­port, cof­fee shops, con­ve­nience stores and su­per­mar­kets and with a lovely com­mu­nity feel. ■

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