AFTER an extensive renovation, iconic Cottesloe residence “Le Fanu” is for sale.
The 125 year-old Federation Queen Anne style property is on a 1492sq m block and has unrestricted ocean views and easy access to Cottesloe Beach across Marine Parade.
The magnificent home has a rich history that has seen it go from riches to rags and back again.
It was built in 1893 by the Holmes family and originally named “Banksia”.
The residence was transferred to the Anglican Church just after World War II and renamed “Le Fanu” in honour of a former Anglican archbishop.
In the 1970s, the property was sold to Frances Fenwick, later Mrs Drake-Brockman, who sought to renovate, however, it eventually fell into disrepair.
It was sold in 2009 and the new owners appointed Zorzi Homes to restore “Le Fanu” with assistance from the Cottesloe Council, the Heritage Council and other heritage advisors.
The restoration included the return of original features such as limestone walls, ceilings and ceiling roses ensuring “Le Fanu” remained linked to its past.
The meticulous restoration, which remains Perth’s most expensive home renovation, earned Zorzi Homes several awards at the 2015 Master Builders WA-Bankwest Housing Excellence Awards including Best Alterations and Additions and Silver Trowel Award – Excellence in Brickwork.
It was also the national winner of the Alternations and Additions award.
The renovations blend the grandeur of yesterday with modern living, offering luxury living over three levels.
The ground floor includes an open-plan living/dining area with central timber bar and chef’s kitchen with five-star integrated appliances, a games room with ornate ceiling, bar room, lounge room, formal dining room and study.
Outside, an alfresco area has a champagne bath and integrated barbecue.
Upstairs another living area with kitchenette opens to a sweeping balcony with ocean views.
The five bedrooms are set over the main two levels and each has its own ensuite with marble tiling.
The home’s lower level includes a wine cellar and tasting room, laundry, and 10-car garage complete with marble flooring.
While it was built in the 1800s, the home is equipped for 21st-century living with a state-of-the art security system, full home automation system and underfloor heating.
The home is for sale with The Agency’s Pamela Wilkinson.