LOOKING at this home you would be surprised to find it is not a gloriously renovated western suburbs-original, but a relatively new build.
The owners purchased an old home on the 1060sq m block in 2013, and while they would have liked to retain the existing residence, it was structurally unsound.
They made the decision to design and build something that would fit with the more traditional architectural style of the area and worked with Jeremy Falcke Design to create the home, which was completed in 2015.
Built in the Californian bungalow style, it has plenty of character appeal.
“We have always loved the features of heritage homes and wanted to incorporate some of these in this build,” the owners said.
“In addition to the high ceilings and cornices there are pressed tin ceilings to the veranda and poolside cabana, handmade leadlight glass to the entry and lounge room doors, and solid heritage-style interior doors with heritage hardware throughout.”
The home was also designed to suit a modern lifestyle.
“It has a practical floor plan that flows well throughout, from entry via the large double garage to the kitchen, or through the wide hallway accessed from the front door,” the owners said.
“It’s a fantastic house for entertaining visitors as the multiple living spaces provide areas for everyone.
“We’ve particularly enjoyed Christmas, New Year’s Eve and Australia Day celebrations, along with several birthday parties, barbecues and dinner parties.”
The home’s living spaces include a formal lounge room with gas fireplace and bay window, and a huge open-plan living/dining/kitchen area that opens to an enormous enclosed alfresco area with built-in barbecue kitchen and fireplace, and on to the pool, spa and heritage-style cabana.
The kitchen has top-of-the-range Miele appliances, including a combination steam oven, induction cooktop, island bench with breakfast bar, built-in coffee machine and lots of storage.
The owners said the open-plan living area was the centre of the home.
“It’s where visitors gravitate to and where we spend most of our time whether cooking, eating or watching TV,” they said.
“In winter we open the bi-fold doors to the entertaining area to allow the sunshine in and enjoy the winter sun – it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a coffee while you read the weekend papers.”
The bedrooms are in a separate wing.
The spacious master has a large walk-in robe and ensuite with freestanding bath and double vanity unit, and doors to the backyard.
One of the three minor bedrooms has an ensuite, while another has semi-ensuite access to the main bathroom.
There is also a study, and powder room off the double garage.
The home was a labour of love for the owner, who is a builder and did a lot of the work himself, leaving nothing unfinished.
As well as heritage features, the home has all the modern conveniences including reverse-cycle airconditioning, double-glazed windows, ducted vacuum system, solar panels and piped gas heating to the spa.
The owners are now empty-nesters and are reluctantly selling.
“This home is designed for families and is especially suited to those who have kids attending high school or college,” they said.
“It’s also ideal for anyone who regularly has visitors to stay.”
They have loved the location close to Floreat Beach, Wembley Golf Club, Perry Lakes and the city, with easy access to Subiaco, Claremont and Leederville.
“Being so close to several private, and some excellent public schools, and sporting facilities, it’s a fantastic area in which to bring up kids,” they said.
“In recent years we’ve seen a plethora of great cafes open in Floreat and surrounding suburbs, so we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to breakfast or coffee venues.”
18 Bournville Street
Mid $2 millions
Agency: Acton North
Contact: Robbie Milligan on 0400 736 925