It’s not often that you can describe an inner-city home as “sprawling”, but this family home in the heart of Fremantle is truly exceptional. We had a sneaky peek inside, thanks to our buddies over at Crib Creative.
Actually two adjoining homes, the property is quintessentially, unmistakably Freo. Originally built in 1860 as a warehouse, grocer and family home, it was extended a decade later by owner William Jose, whose sons would later go on to continue the family business.
As soon as you enter the home, the historical details jump out at you – with not only the signature Freo limestone, but the original jarrah floors and staircase, plus that amazing exposed lath and plaster ceiling.
While we’re fans of some open-plan, easy-breezy contemporary style – there’s absolutely a real charm to a warren-like collection of cosy, enclosed rooms. Nowhere can you see it more than this home, with five bedrooms ready to nestle into – or, with the home’s City Centre zoning, transform them to a multitude of residential, commercial or short-stay uses.
The primary bedroom, one of two bedrooms on the upper level, not only boasts a window that overlooks the balcony and back garden, but an equally-sized adjoining dressing room.
This level of the home also boasts one of the largest, light-filled rooms, with the white, high-ceilinged living room situated on the corner of the block. Pride of place in the centre of the ceiling is the original flitch beam, while the wide floorboards show the character of the last 160+ years.
Also upstairs is the other, distinctly crimson living and dining room – although we suspect you’ll be spending most meals dining outside in the rustic, spacious alfresco area.
This alfresco area is perfect for dinner parties in the warmer weather, not only because of its aesthetic charm, but it’s also conveniently adjacent to the main kitchen. Yes, we said main kitchen – this home has two! Both kitchens also have room for more intimate dining areas, so you don’t have to go far to enjoy your brekkie. You’re also only around the corner from some of Freo’s best cafés, bars and restaurants which will tempt you away from the kitchen any day.
Outside, the tiered garden is similarly filled with quirky Freo charm which you can appreciate from the covered balcony or from that amazing, bright blue Dutch door. (That we’re absolutely obsessed with!)
If you like the look of 26-28 Norfolk Street, you can check out its listing HERE.
Photos courtesy of Crib Creative