The best of the old and the new are on show in this gorgeous Floreat family home.
It was built 53 years ago for the Commonwealth Bank’s State manager and still has the original teak doors and cupboards.
“We did a renovation three years ago to work the flow a little better,” one of the owners said. “The house has strong bones – rumour has it being the first Floreat home built on a concrete slab. Another rumour is it is earthquake-proof, because it was built with Midland Brick products made for the Japanese market.”
The front lounge has street views out to a huge liquidambar, focal point for the street Christmas party. The kitchen, dining room and lounge look out to the L-shaped pool and are perfect for parties large and small.
Two superb vintage Murano glass pendant lights are above the Caesarstone bench. “When we bought the house, we were told they were from Presbyterian Ladies’ College’s 1970s wing,” the owner said. “They go for about $2500 on The 1st Dibs vintage website – but I think they belong with the house, because they throw beautiful light at night.”
The big, mocha-shaded stone floor tiles were used as a splashback, which is eye-catching. The communal area has oak flooring and integrated appliances. Other winks to the home’s past include the original tiles in the two showers. After a swim in the big solar-heated pool there’s an outdoor shower for a rinse.
The owners, who have raised three children on the property, are moving to an apartment. “We’ll be sorry to leave, because we’ve loved the
mid-century functionality and simplicity of this beautiful home,” the owner said.
Things you will love
➊ Character home
➋ Quiet street
➌ Pool with shower
– DAVID COHEN
POST Newspaper 2nd April 2021