This is one classy Moonee Ponds dame, a California bungalow with her heritage treated with respect and style but bathed liberally in magical makeover dust.
In fact, except for its lovely bones, the partially shingled weatherboard house is virtually new, the owners having snazzed it up in aesthetic and practical terms.
What’s new? Nearly everything: stumps, internal wall and roof frames, wiring, plumbing, plaster, flooring, hardwood windows (traditional mortice and tenon joints and laminated glass), kitchen, bathrooms, garage and studio.
But this newness has beautiful counter points of three-metre ceilings, deep skirts, casement-style windows, decorative floor vents and deep ornate cornices throughout.
These traditional elements work beautifully with a crisp, all-white decor that ventures into layered charcoals in bathrooms, and wonderful Sydney blue gum floorboards mapping out living zones.
Three bedrooms range along the entry hall, the elegant main with bay window, fitted walk-in wardrobe and a sleek en suite with frameless walk-in shower and a Caesarstone-topped vanity unit.
The hallway ducks to the right where there’s a small but perfectly formed laundry with two-pack cabinetry, and the large main bathroom with an oval freestanding bath, frameless shower and dual vanity basins recessed into Caesarstone.
A charming sitting room is next, with a door from the hallway and a set of timber bi-folds opening to the family room. This is a great little space for retreating with a book or could work as a TV snug for kids or a study.
The living hub is well proportioned, light-filled and accesses a covered deck via bi-fold doors.
The kitchen is a cracker, with a black granite island bench beneath stylish clear-glass pendant lights, two-pack cabinetry, a pantry cupboard, latte-toned Caesarstone benches and Bosch 900mm gas cooker and dishwasher.
Bisecting lawns, a brick-paved walkway leads from the deck to a two-storey studio, the lower level of which accommodates a storage room and a double carport accessed through a roller door in Lawson Street. A timber staircase leads to the delightful studio with an en suite. An all-white decor, plush grey carpet and pitched ceiling make this a supremely fresh, inviting space, one that’s perfect for guests, teenager or hobbyist.
Front and back gardens are neat as a pin, planted mostly with pretty ornamental shrubs. Someone looking for a house with loads of character but with enough pizzazz to make it aspirational will find this one is a dreamcatcher. And it’s a walk to St Monica’s Primary School, picturesque Queen’s Park and Puckle Street cafe/boutique destination precinct.