Seamlessly Melding The Old With The New, This Historic East Fremantle Property Was A Decade-Long Labour Of Love For Its Owners Who Have Transformed It From A Derelict, Rundown Squat Into A Spectacular Family Home.

Built in 1897 and known as ‘Penshurst’, this grand Victorian residence at 51 View Street, East Fremantleonce served as a lookout station for returning aircraft during World War II, was home to wealthy merchants and politicians, and later converted to flats in the 1940s.

But after years of neglect, new life was breathed into the property when it was purchased in 2001 by Tim and Frances Brien who launched an ambitious renovation project to return it to its former glory.

Selling agent Toby Astill, from Space Real Estate Cottesloe, says the sympathetic revamp is testament the passion and commitment of the owners.

Astill says the four bedroom, four bathroom residence has earnt a reputation as one of East Fremantle’s landmark heritage properties.

Perched high on a 1228sqm riverside block with 360-degree views, the home has successfully combined the original limestone and brick construction with contemporary finishes in the clay brick and polished plaster extension.

With more than 600sqm of internal living space, the architecturally designed renovation has included a two-storey addition to the south, a new open-plan living and dining area, a new study and ensuite bathroom on the first floor and excavation of the disused cellar.

Key features from its original era have been retained, including high ceilings – 4.2m downstairs and 3.6m ornate ceilings upstairs, seven original fireplaces and jarrah floorboards.

There is a total of 185sqm of wrap-around decking verandahs upstairs and downstairs, a pool, a library complete with a kitchenette and a double lock-up garage.

‘Penshurst’ was listed on the State Heritage Register in 2000 and won the Western Heritage Award for outstanding conservation of a residential place in 2012.

It has been listed for sale with a price tag in the mid $3 millions.


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