LURE OF A BYGONE ERA
44 Earl Street
ALBANY, WA 6330
Perched on the side of Mt Clarence, just 500 metres from York Street, is this solid character cottage dating from the early 1900s.
It still displays wonderful original features such as the old-style wide jarrah floorboards, timber panel doors, sash windows and open fireplaces, all enhanced by spacious rooms with high ceilings.
In more recent years, a long sunroom has been built on the front, with a wall of glazing to make the most of beautiful views towards Mt Melville and over Princess Royal Harbour to the wind farm.
As you walk up the sloping block at the rear, this view really opens up to show the view south to King George Sound and Vancouver Peninsula.
Installing a gazebo up here would be a master stroke, rewarding the owners with a modern, sheltered outdoor entertaining area to make the most of the fantastic ocean views and city lights.
This home, which has been clad on the outside with corrugated iron and set on granite foundations and retaining walls at the front raising the home above road level to take full advantage of the views.
Inside, some modernisation has been done over the years, though the kitchen and bathroom could do with a little more updating. Fresh décor and window treatments would spruce the remainder of the home a treat and set off the polished Jarrah floors and matchwood paneled walls.
In addition to the sizeable front sunroom with stunning views, it has a generous lounge with a gas fire built into the old fireplace. Adjoining this is the kitchen with space for a dining table at one end, and there’s an undercover area at the rear.
All three bedrooms are big doubles with feature fireplaces, match wood paneled walls and Jarrah floors and high ceilings.
The bathroom consists of shower and vanity basin with room to include a second toilet to compliment the separate toilet at the rear of the home.
As well as a single carport, there’s space on the driveway for at least another two vehicles – an important consideration in the historic streets of Albany.
The cottage’s proximity to town is a major drawcard for owners of all ages. It’s a five-minute walk to the main shopping area and a variety of cafés, the library and the town square. The Entertainment Centre is a 10-minute stroll across the bridge.
This is a well-located and attractive cottage on a 598sqm block, with low-maintenance front gardens and terraced lawns at the back.
It will delight those looking for a city home with character and the opportunity to add value without having to make structural changes.
What you need to know:
– 1900s cottage on Mt Clarence
– 500-metre walk to York Street
– 598sqm block
– Terrific water and city views
– Iron clad set high above the road
– Original features – jarrah floors
– High ceilings, spacious rooms
– Front sunroom with extensive glazing
– Three double bedrooms
– Lounge with gas fire
– Generous kitchen and meals area
– Shower room with vanity
– Separate toilet
– Utility area
– Undercover space at back door
– Few minutes from café strip, shops, nightlife
– Council rates $1,871.66
– Water rates $1,353.73
Property Type: Residential Homes
Land Size: 598.0 m²