From a Cottesloe stunner that’s full of surprises to a 7-star energy-rated Shenton Park abode that will offset those soaring power bills, these are the WA homes for sale worth checking out this week.
38 Boreham Street, Cottesloe
Price: High $3 million
Agent: Olivia Porteous, William Porteous Properties
Special features: Architect-designed extension; north-facing rear
Like a mullet, this Cottesloe stunner is business at the front and a party at the back but unlike the divisive haircut, it will have no shortage of admirers.
Although the weatherboard cottage facade offers no clues as to what you will find inside, the element of surprise is half the fun.
Built in 1917, the home was fully restumped and restored while retaining many original features and thanks to the handiwork of architect Simon Rodrigues, the new addition combines seamlessly.
Masterfully designed to capitalise on its north-facing rear, it is flooded in winter sunlight and protected from the summer heat.
Honouring its coastal location, the abode includes many nautical features, such as 12 original industrial 1860 caste iron rose Victorian steam pumphouse windows imported from the UK, original Burmese teak ship doors and windows from steamship RMS Transvaal Castle and RMS Windsor Castle respectively and numerous solid English patent brass port hole windows.
The kitchen also features brass and stainless-steel pendant spotlights sourced from a whaling ship and submarine wall light fittings.
Despite the front and back having two very different architectural styles, the home doesn’t feel disjointed in part thanks to the main addition incorporating recycled jarrah floorboards and cladding boards from the old kitchen once adjoining the original cottage.
8 Sadka Lane, Shenton Park
Price: from low $2 million
Agent: Kirk Bellerby, Bellcourt Property
Special features: 7 star energy rating, park frontage
They say kitchens and bathrooms sell homes but at a time when electricity bills are sky high, a 7 star energy rating will also do the trick.
Brimming with energy efficient features but still designed with luxury and contemporary style in mind, this western suburbs abode includes double glazing, a solar hot water system, and 10kw solar panels.
Proving a 7 star energy rating doesn’t need to come at the expense of creature comforts. The home also has ducted reverse cycle air-conditioning, two master bedrooms with hotel-style ensuites and a well-equipped kitchen with integrated fridge, dishwasher, built-in dining table and stacked glass doors to alfresco courtyard.
When the owners secured a block with park frontage in a blue chip location, they fulfilled their dream of building a unique and high quality home.
“We love sitting on the balcony overlooking the trees and open space plus all the amenities around, which are within walking distance.”
77A Canterbury Terrace, East Victoria Park
Price: $1.3 million
Agent: Tash Welburn, Peard Real Estate
Special features: New build with character; close to cafe strip
It has all the hallmarks of a classic circa 1920s weatherboard home, from its charming front verandah to its leadlight front doors, but this East Victoria Park beauty was actually built less than two years ago.
The owners have loved the contemporary cottage features, which include raw-engineered Jarrah floorboards combined with a modern and practical layout.
Unlike the original unrenovated weatherboards popular in the area, this home has all the modern inclusions, including a master suite with a spacious walk-in robe and ensuite with a double vanity Q Stone benchtop, as well as an open plan layout and reverse cycle ducted zoned air-conditioning.
Additional features include a second living area with an ornamental electric fireplace, a study nook, high ceilings, an undercover decked alfresco area with a pitched rake ceiling, and a heated plunge pool.
It is also just a short stroll to the Victoria Park café strip.