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29 October 2010

A couple of Claremont gems

This week, two beautiful Perth homes, in Claremont.

1. "COLWYN" over Freshwater Bay @ Claremont, WA

General Features
PRICE RANGE: $8.9 Million
  • Property Type: House
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • Land Size: 1021 m² (approx)
Outdoor Features
  • Carport Spaces: 4
  • Swimming Pool - Inground
This home is amazing, very pretty,
and it gloriously backs onto the Freshwater Bay.
The architectural work in the ceilings,
the fire places, all the "little" details...

This the entry, see the front door below!

I personally don't like parquetry, but I imagine
restoring an old home like this requires immense restraint
as it could become a money pit, with little or
no return on investment, specially heritage homes.

I'm not a fan of this pink colour in here,
but it's about the only fault I can make with this home!

Master with sitting area.

This room is amazing!
Look at the fretwork over the window
(almost like a romantic pelmet)
and again over the fireplace!

This fireplace actually reminds me of a church!

I love curtains that "boof" like this!
("boof" - decorator speak!)

Check out the views over the water from the bathroom!

This is the rear exterior overlooking the waterway.

And here is their daily views!

AND here's what the Agent said about it!

Colwyn Splendour on Victoria Avenue
A masterful renovation has transformed this stately historic residence into a modern mansion overlooking Freshwater Bay.

Always impressive and very beautiful for its time, Colwyn was originally designed and purpose built by craftsmen as an imposing gentlemans residence in an extremely desirable riverfront location. In latter years the home was showing signs of age and was obviously in need of considerable restoration work.

The present owners bought the property because they recognized its sound construction and great potential and undertook a massive renovation to restore Colwyn and bring it up to modern standards while maintaining the integrity and character of the original home.

No expense was spared and exquisite taste, great skill and loving attention to detail created a splendid masterpiece that deserved and won Renovation of the Year.

The formal rooms, grand entry and staircase, leadlight panels, fireplaces, and some exquisite, delicate fretwork echo the turn of last century, while ensuite bathrooms, home theatre, lap pool, up-to-the-minute kitchen and laundry, 2 studies, airconditioning and cutting-edge security provide all the essentials for a luxurious lifestyle in the modern world.

Its a privilege to offer Colwyn for sale, providing an opportunity for a new owner to write the next chapter in the story of this magnificent home.

@ Claremont, WA

General Features
PRICE RANGE: $4.9 Million
  • Property Type: House
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Land Size: 1306 m² (approx)
Outdoor Features
  • Carport Spaces: 2
  • Swimming Pool - Inground
A beautifully restored home built 1903,
for half the price of the home above!
(no dreaded parquetry here tho!)

I actually really like these floral cushions in this room,
I'm not sure why tho *smile*.

I doubt this home has had a designer decorate,
the showcase of this home is the architecture,
beautiful ceilings, trims, etc.

Just check out those gorgeous heritage ceilings...

I kinda don't mind these simple kitchen cabinets,
adds to the charm of the over all home...

Beautiful, simple bedrooms...

Notice the window, with a curtain,
leading out to another room!
Obviously an extension, these are the reasons
I'm never a fan of owning a heritage home,
limitations and restrictions everywhere!
(notice the blue spotted wallpaper...)

And more of those spectacular heritage ceilings...

(notice the pink spotted wallpaper...)

Playroom leading off the bedrooms!

This is a family home first and foremost.

And here's the Master Plan...

AND here's what the Agent said about it!

In 1903 wealthy families sought architects who would provide them with an individual home befitting their status. Many such homes were large by previous standards, complex in plan and appearance, and finished to a degree previously unattainable. Pipiriki was designed to reflect the success and new found status of the family and was certainly a showpiece for its time. Today Pipiriki has been lovingly restored to its former glory with additional features that cater for a comfortable and modern lifestyle.

As soon as you step through the grand gates you will be taken aback. This timeless beauty exudes charm and captures the hearts of everyone.

The original front door contains beautiful stained glass which is a theme that runs throughout the entire home and the initials of the original family that were moulded into the shicco panels down the side of the house were replicated in the cement effigy.

Large and perfectly proportioned rooms give a wonderful feeling of grandeur that cannot be matched by its contemporaries. The children have their own separate retreat which conveniently has access to the bedrooms and 2nd bathroom. The little princess of the family will love having her own princess tower ceiling in the bedroom.

The massive kitchen and dining area which is the hub of the home has a real sense of family yet sophistication. Due to the warm and familiar feel you can imagine the different families that have gathered around this kitchen over the last 106 years, it will make it difficult for you to walk away from the opportunity to experience the many precious memories this home has to offer.

Open the glass doors to the veranda which overlooks the heated swimming pool and enjoy the serenity while watching the kids swim and play. The relaxed and tranquil veranda and stunning entertaining area makes family gatherings and formal dinner parties a must.


26 October 2010

QLD Californian Bungalow with pizazz

Pizazz & Style in Ascot...
General Features
PRICE RANGE: $2.95 Million

  • Property Type: House
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Land Size: 885 m² (approx)
Indoor Features
  • Study
Outdoor Features
  • Garage Spaces: 3
This is an interesting home, obviously very
talented owners with a lot of style!

Beautiful facade colours, and entry area below.

Very daring bold colours in the lounge area,
and dining room stripes to boot (below).

This is the casual sitting area by day (above)
and by night (below), just in case you wanted to see both!

This is lovely to me.
I could spend many days working in an office like this one.

Obviously, the window over the bench on the right (above)
opens right up, and becomes like a bar/entertaining area (below).
I think that looks fantastic!

This is an interesting ensuite, looks like an addition to the home,
by the look of the doorway (old exterior doorway??)
Funny looking basin (space poor I guess!)

Such pretty bedrooms...
I really love the way they have painted above the
picture rail in a bold colour!

Space saving cellar!

Outdoor/entertaining areas in this home are spectacular.

AND here's what the Agent said about it!

Refined period home in blue-ribbon enclave Meticulously renovated and restored, this sophisticated Californian Bungalow reveals a timeless contemporary design sensibility and impeccable attention to detail. Featuring a distinguished street presence on one of Ascot's best, the home's well proportioned interiors flow seamlessly to a private entertainer's courtyard and pool. Unique wide fronted home with manicured gardens State-of-the-art marble kitchen with Euro appliances Superb bespoke cabinetry throughout, hidden laundry 5 beds, formal/informal living, music room, study Master boasts WIR, ensuite and private outdoor Jacuzzi 1500 bottle wine cellar, attic with drop-down ladder Fully ducted AC, in/outdoor AV system, heated pool All on one level, this is a home for the lover of fine architecture and effortless living; and probably won't last long. We welcome your inspection. KITCHEN: Cool marble bench tops; Miele and Smeg appliances; Integrated coffee maker; Plate warmer; 2 dishwashers; Induction cook top; Concealed bar; Moveable glass wall that opens onto BBQ area; Retractable shade with light/rain sensor over outdoor area ALARM: Chubb back to base; Remote - 2 keypads; Wireless motion detectors and all doors and windows alarmed POOL: Fully tiled Italian glass mosaics with sterling silver accent tiles; Polaris cleaner; Sand filter; Heated to 28 degrees with heat pump (constant temperature, low electricity consumption) AV SYSTEM: 2 zones each with plasma screen and wiring for amp/Apple TV/Foxtel/DVD Zone 1: In wall speakers, high quality B&W Nautilus Zone 2: Home cinema with surround sound Outdoor speakers with 3 zones Cat 5 wiring throughout JACUZZI: 6 person Jacuzzi off main bedroom ensuite; Ozone cleaning system; Constantly heated to 37 degrees SPRINKLER SYSTEM: Fully automated lawn sprinkler and garden bed drip system; Timer and rain sensor A/C: Fully ducted A/C; Separate garage air conditioning CELLAR: Underground 1500 bottle spiral staircase temperature controlled cellar ATTIC: Above garage storage area; Drop down ladder in roof for access Sustainability Declaration available in Office.