The origin and even the pronunciation of Ewumorne might be mislaid, but happily the name is etched in the glass of a transom window above the gloss-black front door of its Victorian villa.
It’s a quaint reminder of this house’s journey, which began in the late 1880s when a middle-class family secured a wide block in this new subdivision, far from the noisy city. What a ride it has been on.
One wonders what the original owners would make of today’s sophisticated contemporary haven – of the iridescent self-cleaning lap pool across the full width of the private back garden, of the outdoor cinema in the bluestone courtyard, of the pristine Calacatta-marble kitchen with brilliant scullery behind, and of the inviting entertainment spaces.
Not only do the modern technology and bespoke fittings impress, but also the architectural fusion of then and now.
Ewumorne’s heritage-protected neighbourhood is well-tended and decidedly elite, and most houses fit the Goldilocks principle – neither too-big mansions nor too-small cottages, but just-right family homes.
At the south end of Seymour Avenue, No.6 enjoys serenity yet it’s a heartbeat from a destination shopping district, transport, schools and Union Street Gardens. And it’s only a short stroll for brunch in Armadale’s High Street.
When the vendors moved in, their search for engineers’ drawings led them to architects Pleysier Perkins, who had added an en-suited main bedroom 14 years earlier.
It’s hard to say who was more excited – the vendors feeling that this was the company to fulfil their plans, or architect Ramon Pleysier, back for a second go.
The job started at square one, with reconstruction of the building’s shiplap timbers.
Behind a picket fence and clipped greenery, the restrained facade features turned verandah posts, sapphire-blue sidelights and tall windows with white plantation shutters.
There’s a striking stained-glass window on one side that lights up with the afternoon sun, spilling a warm glow inside.
The wider-than-usual block gives the home generous living rooms and much more.
A row of three bedrooms and a family bathroom come off the hall on the north side, to the left.
The centre of the home is formed by big square-ish lounge and dining rooms, connected by double doors and back-to-back marble fireplaces.
Along the south side, a long wing has been built behind the off-street parking space, which is disguised by a thick hedge.
Enter via a blue pivot door to a mud room, then straight ahead to the open space of kitchen and family room, and on to a fitted study.
Stairs at the far end access the upper-floor main bedroom, skylit en suite and banks of built-in wardrobes.
The footprint of the house forms a U-shape around a quadrangle.
Along two sides, massive glass stacker doors push back for an unimpeded indoor/outdoor leisure zone.
There’s a barbecue, enormous handcrafted stone fireplace and an outdoor screen, plus projector capability. A few steps up, past the lawn, is the heated pool.
With stunning presentation by interior designer Hecker Guthrie and an emphasis on low maintenance, everything from the new slate roof to the bathrooms’ honeycomb tiles to the built-in Miele coffee machine is top-notch and immaculate.