At 12 Parke Road in Gooseberry Hill you may be forgiven for thinking you’ve stepped into a novel, the air laden with the scent of roses and sunshine warming your skin as you wander the garden. Here, in a lovingly and thoughtfully restored timber cottage, awaits a life of decadent beauty for every season – winter’s fireside stories in front of the Morsø potbelly, spring’s burst of colour from David Austin roses, summer’s heady long evenings spent with friends on the varandah and autumn’s soft sunshine highlighting the caramels of timber floorboards.
A true work of art, this cottage has been updated, restored and extended with no expense spared to create an incredible space which both encompasses the beauty in details of the 1906 era alongside functional, modern lifestyles. With an excellent layout allowing the cottage to feel spacious and cosy, both families and couples will find the home provides everything a family could need in today’s world.
The living spaces have been divided to encompass both front and back of the home. The front room serves ideally as a lounge room and is one of the two rooms of the original cottage. With pressed tin ceilings, wide original floorboards, fireplace with mantle and decorative heritage style double doors onto the front verandah this room feels light and airy. At the rear of the cottage is the open-plan kitchen and dining area. The kitchen has been built to suit the style of the cottage with decorative cabinetry in white and grey swirled marble countertops. A large kitchen island dominates the room, with plenty of counter space to meal preparation and storage underneath for small appliances. A black freestanding DeLonghi cooktop has ample room for cooking, with 5 gas burners and a large electric oven, while the Smeg dishwasher takes care of the washing up… unless you want to look out towards the sunset through reclaimed timber windows while doing dishes in the farmhouse style porcelain sink, warm water and foam creating a backdrop to the sometime cathartic process of dishes! The dining space can open onto the verandah through French doors in summer, whilst in winter the imported Norwegian Morsø potbelly fire will keep everyone cosy and warm.
The main bedroom is housed in the second original room of the house, with the pressed tin ceilings continuing from the front lounge room. The bedroom can fit a king-size bed and has access to the front verandah through matching decorative heritage style double doors as the front lounge room. A modern ensuite features a stamped glass window with soaking bathtub underneath, a separate walk-in shower, toilet and marble topped vanity – all the features to start and end your day in a calm, fresh space! The two minor bedrooms are queen size, with one room featuring generous built-in robes and the other a wardrobe nook and beautiful decorative tiled fireplace with mantle. The family bathroom in the centre of the home has the same stamped glass as the main bedroom ensuite, providing privacy and beauty. The family bathroom features a rolltop bath and separate shower, toilet and matching marble topped double sink vanity to the ensuite. There is plenty of space for sharing in this bathroom, whether that be for teenagers getting ready to go out or guests greeting their day.
Outdoors is characterised by permaculture garden beds bursting with nutrients, feeding the 16 different fruit trees around the property and providing a solid base for a thriving market garden. As most working vegetable beds can look a little bare, there is no fear of that here as the scattered David Austin roses provide blushes of colours to complement growing seedlings. Side access to the new double garage with electric roller door ensures all your tools will be kept safely out of the weather, ready for action in spring and summer.
A true modern romance, this home shines with the attention, care and detail of a dedicated professional. The joy of owning this home is that you will not need to do anything except move in and enjoy the peace and beauty of an exceptional blue cottage on a quiet street in the Hills.
• Lovingly restored, updated and extended three bedroom, two bathroom timber workers cottage, originally built in 1906 for workers of the Forestry Department
• Main bedroom with pressed tin ceilings, generous modern ensuite bathroom and access to wrap-around verandah through federation style decorative double doors
• Two minor bedrooms easily accommodate queens-size beds, one with generous built-in-robes and the other with wardrobe nook and decorative fireplace mantle
• Large family bathroom with marble topped double vanity, rolltop bath, separate shower, toilet and decorative glass in window
• Renovated open plan kitchen and dining room. Kitchen has marble topped counters with large central island, freestanding DeLonghi 5 burner gas stovetop with electric oven, Smeg dishwasher and all new cabinetry matching the cottage style of the home. Dining room has an imported Norwegian Morsø potbelly and access to wrap around verandah through French doors
• Dedicated laundry room with decorative tiling and plenty of storage space, plus an open area which could be used for a clothes horse in winter or a dog bed
• Timber flooring throughout the home with original floorboards matching to upcycled floorboards in the extension and decorative skirting boards
• High ceilings as characteristic of a building this age, with the height carried through the home and extension
• Timber framed windows and doors with decorative trim – special interest note that some timber windows in the extended part of the home were upcycled from the Whittakers Warehouse in Perth and feature original wavy glass
• Wrap-around verandah encompassing the North, South and West sides of the home with beautiful heritage style turned posts
• Fully fenced including a gabled arbour entryway with vintage re-wired gates
• Established permaculture garden beds including 16 different varieties of fruit trees and David Austin roses
• New zincalumne corrugated roofing and the whole house has been re-stumped to modern standards
• New window canopies with decorative trim on East side of the house
• Septic system recently upgraded to requirements with two tanks installed
• Newly built double garage with electric roller door
• Walking distance to Marys Mount Primary school
A Note on Gooseberry Hill:
With magnificent costal views and excellent vicinity to bush walking tracks, Gooseberry Hill is a leafy residential suburb perched on the edge of the Darling Range Escarpment and is approximately 25 km from Perth CBD. Gooseberry Hill sits within the Aboriginal Noongar Nation, specifically the Whajduk Region, and was gazetted as a townsite on the 8th of June, 1959. It is believed that the name “Gooseberry Hill” was recorded due to the cape gooseberries which thrived in the area. Popular with a wide range of ages, couples and families enjoy a peaceful yet connected lifestyle with the Tonkin and Roe Highways providing ease of access to northern and southern regions. Delightful sunsets can be taken in at the Zig Zag, a scenic downhill track within Gooseberry Hill National Park, while adrenaline enthusiasts can try their hand at rock climbing in Statham’s Quarry. A small village shop sits at the top of the suburb with a thriving mix of businesses including the ever-popular Embers Restaurant. Gooseberry Hill Primary School and Marys Mount Primary School offer local options to families with a nurturing and supportive small school environment.
Please call or text Anneli Carson on 0417 953 629 to arrange a viewing.
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