TUCKED behind a secure wall is this absolute gem of a home with a host of beautiful features and some great stories to tell.
Owners, Michael and Elizabeth Roughan said houses in the area were mainly for migrant families and, as the man of the house worked on the railway, many of the homes were called railway cottages.
“Penshurst” was built circa 1905 and over the years, renovations have uncovered some hidden treasures.
“When we renovated the kitchen in 2010 we found post-war newspapers dated 1948 under the cabinet and one from 1933.” Mrs Roughan said.
“Other treats we found include a My Home & Garden magazine from 1948 and a Plant & Seed magazine from 1940.
“For modern history bragging rights – Suze DeMarchi from the Baby Animals was a friend of the previous owner and used to jam in the garage.”
Mr and Mrs Roughan bought the house in 2007 and Mrs Roughan said it was love at first sight.
“The first time I saw the house I was actually meeting the agent to look at a different place and just popped in because I was early,” she said.
“I was attracted to the house the minute I saw the front courtyard; when I got to the atrium I was in love.”
The three bedroom, one-bathroom home is enchanting, with a tuckpointed facade, high ceilings, jarrah flooring, and leadlight doors.
An extension was added in the 1990s and the renovated kitchen includes stone benchtops, stainless steel appliances and a wine fridge.
A highlight of the home is the three garden zones, including the front cottage garden, lush atrium courtyard and back garden with entertaining area, fishpond, pool and retreat.
On a 405sqm block, in a tree-lined street, the home is in a family-friendly neighbourhood and close to many local attractions.
“We have Christmas drinks on someone’s verge every year and there is a kids’ barefoot race down the middle of the street that day,” Mrs Roughan said.
“The local pub is a stones’ throw away; perfect for a Sunday night meal if you can’t be bothered cooking.
“Subi oval is a block away and we loved being able to walk 10 minutes for a coffee, a wine or meal.”
Mr and Mrs Roughan have many wonderful memories of their time in the home.
“It was our first house together,” they said.
“We got married while living there, taught a neighbourhood boy with learning difficulties to swim in our pool, “auditioned” our daughter’s boyfriends, shared “wine o’clock” with friends, and relaxed on our patio nearly every day of the year.
“We know another couple or family will make as many happy memories here as we did.”