Originally built in 1898 for Sunday Times proprietor and politician James MacCallum Smith, Lochindorb is one of Perth’s oldest – and most impressive – Federation-era homes.
The home was named by Smith (a proud Scotsman) after a freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands. Famously, in the middle of the loch is a man-made island, which is itself home to the ruins of Lochindorb Castle, built in the late 13th century.
Currently listed by ZSA ZSA Property, Highgate’s Lochindorb is luckily not in the middle of a loch – instead, the home sits proudly on Lincoln Street, only moments away from Hyde Park (and, importantly, Chu Bakery).
The facade is impressive without becoming overly imposing, and features many charming period details – including original floral leadlight windows, turned verandah posts, beautifully detailed bargeboard and gable. This is of course paired with the impressive Rottnest Island sandstone, the same as within Parliament House and the original portion of the WA Museum.
Inside, a thoughtful renovation highlights Lochindorb’s grandeur while creating a highly liveable modern home. Designer lighting and Danish tapware throughout the home is paired with 3.6m ceilings, ornate cornices and ceiling roses, and sumptuous waxed jarrah floorboards. Details are emphasised with the ample sunlight which floods the home.
Bedrooms throughout the home benefit from these delightful details, but we’re particularly taken with the upstairs bedroom and retreat. A mansard-style vaulted ceiling leads to more of those stunning leadlight windows and a sweeping view over Highgate to the Perth skyline. Between the two rooms, a contemporary bathroom is awash with light from the skylight above.
The spacious bathroom downstairs seamlessly blends old and new with timber-framed windows, ornate vents and sleek bathware.
The kitchen and casual dining veer much more towards the modern, with stone benchtops and European appliances. To the front of the home, a formal dining room lends a timeless elegance – or can be converted into another grand bedroom.
We suspect you’ll be dining outdoors though, especially after you’ve seen this expansive deck and paved entertaining area.
If you’re enticed by the Highgate lifestyle, check out Lochindorb’s listing here.
Photos courtesy of ZSA ZSA Property.