LOOKS can be deceiving.
From the street, you might assume that you are just looking at a very delightful character home, but from the back you get to see it in all its glory, a magnificent multi-storey abode with an observation deck.
When describing such a grand old residence, it feels blasphemous to use a modern term like “it ticks all the boxes”, but it truly does, and then some.
There are character features a-plenty, a bit history, a large block, ample space for family living, and a swimming pool, all in a fantastic location.
Selling agent Murray Peter said the original house was built in the early 1900s for a senior Anglican clergyman.
“It was part of the ‘Glebe Estate’, with Glebe meaning church-bestowed land,” he said.
“It’s a very rare, classic colonial home in the heritage precinct of one of Claremont’s most sought after streets.”
The home is truly impressive, with plenty of period features, including high ornate ceilings, polished jarrah floorboards, stained glass leadlight windows and fireplaces.
The owners have enjoyed its charms and location for 30 years and liked its proximity to the river, parks, playing fields and schools when they bought the home.
They have added to its appeal, purchasing the adjoining property in the 1980s and amalgamating the rear section to create an L-shaped 1362sq m block.
An extra bonus is a gorgeous limestone cottage, which includes a family/dining room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom.
Mr Peter said it was built from convict-mined limestone and originally located in Fremantle; being dismantled and rebuilt on the property.
“It is self-contained and perfect for visitors or family accommodation,” he said.
The cottage is near the swimming pool and pergola, which are surrounded by lush greenery and plenty of paved areas where you can sit and soak up the sun.
The owners also extensively renovated the main home in the mid-1980s, quadrupling its size.
Mr Peter said the work was overseen by prominent Perth architect Carolyn Marshall.
The ground floor includes the master bedroom, with ensuite, that looks out to the pretty, front garden, and another bedroom with a walk-in robe and access to the second bathroom.
There is a formal lounge room and a dining room that opens to a courtyard with an avocado tree and jasmine vines that create an alfresco “room” for eight months of the year.
An open-plan family/meals/kitchen area also opens to the courtyard and as well as a veranda leading to the backyard.
There are three bedrooms, an office and a third bathroom on the first floor.
Stairs in the office area lead to a study and then up to the observation deck, which provides stunning views of the Swan River over Freshwater Bay up to Bicton.
Mr Peter said it had been a sensational home for the owners and their family over the years, but they were now downsizing.