BEFORE his move to Byron Bay, recently appointed Gold Coast Suns AFLW assistant coach and former North Melbourne captain Andrew Swallow bought a character cottage intending to renovate it and build a forever home for his wife Elise and children Isabelle and Jude.
Unfortunately, what was intended to be a gap year over east became something more permanent and he has decided to sell the newly finished home.
When building it, the aim was to retain some of the character of the original two-bedroom weatherboard residence while creating a modern home suited to the Perth lifestyle.
From the street the home still has that cottage look, with the new second storey just visible over the roof line.
The front part of the old home used to include two bedrooms, a living and dining area, kitchen and bathroom.
Now it houses the master bedroom with walk-through robe to the ensuite with freestanding bath, shower and his-and-hers vanity units, a home office and sitting area, with the old bathroom becoming the laundry.
This part of the house still has jarrah flooring, while character features like an arched central hallway, ornate ceilings, cornices and skirting boards support the history of the home.
The layout leads to the extension, which is sleekly contemporary with burnished concrete flooring sitting alongside exposed brickwork and black and white decor.
A sunken living area includes an ethanol fireplace and steps leading up to the open-plan dining/kitchen area.
The kitchen has a scullery, De Dietrich and Ilve appliances, island bench with breakfast bar and an abundance of storage.
Sliding doors open to an alfresco area with built-in barbecue and seating under a suspended concrete roof.
There is also a deck, pool with shallow wading area and LED lighting, and lawned areas.
Upstairs there are three bedrooms with built-in robes, a bathroom with bath and shower, and another living area.
Other features include reverse-cycle airconditioning, stone benchtops, LED lighting, 6-star energy rating, double carport accessed via an automatic gate off Linder Lane and store area with rollerdoor.
The home is on a 473sq m block in walking distance of shops, cafes and several schools.
15 Solomon Street
Auction: December 11 at 6pm
Agency: Ray White Dalkeith-Claremont
Contact: Vivien Yap on 0433 258 818 or Phoebe Shi on 0413 882 049