Claremont, 21 Melville Street

Claremont, 21 Melville Street
Claremont, 21 Melville Street
Claremont, 21 Melville Street
Claremont, 21 Melville Street
Claremont, 21 Melville Street

“WENDOUREE” is a pocket of yesteryear, providing amazing privacy in your own world while still having easy access to cafes, shops, the train and excellent schools.

It was love at first sight when the owner bought the grand, old home 24 years ago.

Built in the early 1900s, the owner said it was a romantic colonial-Edwardian house with wrap-around verandas and lush, shady garden.

“I’ve been told it was the first farmhouse of the district, also that it had enclosed verandas in WWII and was used as a convalescent home for returning soldiers,” they said. “When I bought it, I was attracted to its heritage character, especially the beautiful, long, north-facing front veranda and its graceful turn into an east-facing veranda. ”

Whatever the home’s previous history, it has become a special place for this family.

“The children grew up here; they were only two and four when we bought the home and are now 26 and 28,” the owner said. “The huge family room has been perfect for children’s boisterous party games and has seated 30 guests for formal dinners on several occasions.

“We are very sad to say goodbye to the home but it is time to go and let other children grow up here.”

The gracious home is on a 1355sq m block with two titles.

It has a formal living room that leads to the large kitchen and meals area.

This links to the enormous family room, which opens to the wrap-around veranda on three sides.

There are four bedrooms and two bathrooms.

The master suite is a delight for parents and includes the bedroom, ensuite, walk-in robe and retreat and access to a cedar-lined sauna.

Character features are in abundance and include high ceilings with ceiling roses, vintage Murano and French chandeliers, stained glass, full-height sash windows and jarrah flooring. n