ONE of Mosman Park's most unique homes is being considered by the National Trust for heritage protection.
The relative youth of 2 Hill Terrace has meant it has, until now, evaded the national body.
The home, which was added to the State’s Register of Heritage Places last year, was designed by E.R Summerhayes and built in 1932 for Dr W Frayne, a radiologist. It is believed Dr Frayne based his medical practice at the home.
Owner Claire Paton said it was a romantic, special place to live.
‘I think it is great the house is getting the recognition it deserves,’ Ms Paton said.
‘I’ve lived in this area all my life and I’ve seen a lot of beautiful homes demolished. A couple of homes like this one have already been lost.’
Ms Paton, who studied architecture and now works in facilities management at the University of WA, said it was a myth that heritage listing had a negative effect on the value of a home.
Research commissioned by The Australian Property Institute’s WA division found there were few differences in the sold price or rate of appreciation of heritage-listed properties compared with other properties.
The study looked at sales in Shenton Park, Subiaco and Mt Lawley between 1988 and 2006.
It indicated the average annual growth of heritage-listed properties was slightly greater and that heritage-listed homes in Mt Lawley sold for about $35,000 more than comparable non-listed properties.
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