Extended Character Cottage

  • 5 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | 2 Car spaces

Live just moments from the river on one of North Fremantle's loveliest streets in this five bedroom, two storey home with pretty character façade.

Completed in 1995, the home sits back from the street on idyllic Ainslie Road. One of the most desirable streets in North Fremantle, Ainslie Road ends at the spectacular cliffs at Cypress Hill.

Here you are spoilt for location. The house is just minutes from waterfront walk and cycle paths, North Fremantle Primary School, North Fremantle Social Farm and all the restaurants and cafes of Queen Victoria Street. It's also an easy drive or cycle to the beach or into Fremantle.

Originally built in 1921, the four bedroom timber cottage was constructed for Hon Gilbert Fraser MLC, who lived there until 1942. Fraser was a president of the North Fremantle Amateur Football Club, with the nearby parklands and grandstand on the river named in his honour. The home later passed into the prominent North Fremantle Mofflin family.

In the 90s, former architect and owner Kim Stirling extended on the original tidy grey and white weatherboard cottage. It's neat elevation with leadlight entry door making it indistinguishable from its neighbours, while the capacious, contemporary, five bedroom family house beyond is ideally laid out for modern living.

Stirling was inspired by the work of renowned architect Brian Klopper. The house features Klopper-style rammed limestone walls and huge steel and glass doors and windows throughout, showing his design influence while referencing the industrial fabric of North Fremantle.

Sitting behind two mature vergeside olive trees and a white picket fence, the home encompasses a generous timber veranda and a small garden with mature lemon tree. Sit out here and watch the world go by. The current owners say the street is very friendly.

The leadlight entry door reveals jarrah floorboards that run throughout the ground floor. Open-plan and free-flowing in style, the ground floor offers scope for versatile configurations. On the right is the family room with north-facing industrial window, on the other is a dining space. Both rooms have white plantation shutters to the front windows.

Rammed limestone walls add warmth to the colour palette while painted concrete ceilings and high set windows for cross-ventilation complement the industrial ambiance.

Light and bright, the kitchen overlooks the central courtyard garden and has engineered stone benchtops with waterfall ends. The Ilve range with six burner gas cooktop will delight cooks. A Billi Alpine tap offers instant sparkling or chilled water. There is an understair wine cellar.

The walk-through laundry has plenty of folding space and a linen closet. There is a separate fully tiled toilet and bathroom in this wing. Those who enjoying renovating will delight at the potential in the bathroom; a light-filled, large and airy room with skylights and limestone wall. There is enough space for both a bath and shower.

The home wraps around a central courtyard for alfresco entertaining. Paved in recycled red brick, here a lilly pilly offers dappled shade. There is gated off-street parking for two cars along the side of the home.

With different wings, the layout was designed so families could easily come together when desired or retreat for privacy. The rear ground floor encompasses three north-facing bedrooms, each high-ceilinged and airy, two with handcrafted timber shutters to the windows.

The third bedroom has a mezzanine for storage and its own kitchenette, making it ideal for use as a studio, home office, gym or lounge. It opens up to the far rear courtyard space, carved into the limestone cliff.

The central travertine-tiled central staircase leads to a light-filled room with terrazzo epoxy floor that offers a variety of purposes: living space, studio, home office or library. This room has access to a rooftop deck with stunning neighbourhood views.

A large main bedroom with fitted out walk-in robe and views across the treed neighbourhood is also on this floor.

The upstairs bathroom offers plenty of benchtop and storage space and a glass-fronted shower.
This floor also encompasses a generous storeroom, large enough to be used as a study or home office, and one more bedroom, a north-facing space with large mirrored built-in robe and raking ceilings.

The home has split system air-conditioning, a solar panel system, a raised vegetable garden and a generous storage shed.

If you are looking for space and separation and would love to live on one of North Fremantle's best streets, this home could be for you.

• Off-street parking for two cars
• Multiple living zones
• Five generous sized bedrooms
• Views over the valley from the second storey

Rates & Local Information:
Water Rates: $1796.22 (2021/22)
City of Fremantle Council Rates: $3623.98 (2022/23)
Zoning: R25
Primary School: North Fremantle Primary School
Secondary School: Fremantle College, John Curtin College of the Arts, Melville Senior High School & Shenton College.
Heritage Listed: Municipal Inventory Level 3

For more information please contact Sarah Bourke on 0474 310 500.

*PLEASE NOTE while every effort has been made to ensure the given information is correct at the time of listing, this information is provided for reference only and is subject to change.


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