This Heritage-Listed, Riverside Beauty Is A Bassendean Bassen-Dream
If you’re looking for timeless style, you really can’t go past this historic Bassendean home. We had a little look inside thanks to our mates at Crib Creative, and we’ve gotta say… We’re in love!
Situated on a quiet, jacaranda-lined cul-de-sac, the luxuriousness of the home’s large block, dotted with mature trees, is immediately apparent.
The home was originally built in 1898 for Sir Cyril Jackson, who was responsible for establishing Western Australia’s modern education system – the home was used to entertain many prominent figures of the time, including the then premier John Forrest.
Unsurprisingly, the architecture reflects a European sensibility, and features Federation Arts and Crafts style trimmings typical of Australian homes of the era. Because the house was built before many of WA’s sawmill and brickworks existed, many of the materials were imported from around the world – including roof tiles from Marseilles, timber from Canada and fittings from the UK.
Over the past three years, the current owners have meticulously and lovingly renovated the home to fit the needs and conveniences of a modern family – while maintaining the home’s unique historic character and gaining the endorsement of the heritage council.
As well as the scale of the block, the front door is immediately impressive. Surrounded by paned windows, the foyer has a grandeur that is rarely seen in contemporary homes.
Directly adjoining the foyer, the sitting room has been transformed into a bright, modern space – whether you’re entertaining formally or lounging with some Netflix. In the corner, an original fireplace stands proudly, upgraded with a modern hearth to improve its efficiency.
Similarly, the dining room and study retains much of the home’s original character, including details like the timber fireplaces (there are a total of five fireplaces in the home), as well as that stunning window seat.
You’ll also find the spacious, bright kitchen on the ground floor of the home, which was renovated in 2013, as well as the huge laundry – with enough storage for an army. If that wasn’t enough, peep the lavishly proportioned bathroom!
Upstairs, the home’s four bedrooms are absolutely stunning. The fireplaces! The dado panelling! The light! And the absolutely vast size! We can absolutely imagine waking up here every morning as the light streams through the window.
We know what you’re thinking. “But didn’t you say something about riverside?” We sure did!
This property puts every other “riverside” home to shame, with the backyard directly abutting the banks of the Swan River. You can’t get more waterfront than this without living in a houseboat! Reportedly, when John Forrest visited he would hop off his boat after cruising his way up the river.
Just picture: enjoying your morning coffee on a crisp morning, enjoying the gentle sound of water and spotting a bird or two. How’s the serenity?
If you fancy a slice of the serenity for yourself, you can check out 7 Daylesford Road’s listing HERE.
Photos courtesy of Crib Creative