Historic East Fremantle Home Offers Spectacular Port Panorama

17 July 2021

Set high on the hill with captivating views of Fremantle Harbour, this landmark Federation delight is a sight to behold, perfectly marrying heritage with a fine, sympathetic extension.

It’s precisely this commanding position that captured the attention of Perth doctor Alastair Mackendrick OAM and his audiologist wife Pam Gabriels, alerting them to the fact that 21 Angwin Street, East Fremantle was on the market.

“I bought the place many, many years ago. I was driving across the bridge and saw a ‘for sale’ sign up on the hill and I bought it off some farmers,” Dr Mackendrick said.

“I had always wanted a house overlooking a harbour, so we bought the old house – a really rundown old place. It was rented by some guys so we let them rent it for a few more years before we renovated it and moved in ourselves.”

But seven years later and with a growin g family, the couple embarked on a more significant extension with Grandwood Homes in 2007.

Originally built in 1908, the now five bedroom, four bathroom home has been lovingly curated to incorporate modern features, including a subterrain cellar and theatre room, internal lift, personal putting green and oversized in-ground chess set in the yard.

The home is a picture of Federation architecture with a tuckpointed façade and has retained hallmarks of its era, including ceiling roses, picture rails and open fireplaces.

The Heritage Council of Western Australia says the residence is of considerable social and historical value, given its connection to the middle-class Federation and Inter-War period and originally as part of land included in Walter Easton’s Estate in 1901.

One of its signature flourishes is a bespoke bar that has been carved out of the limestone cliff-face, creating an incredible entertaining and living space.

“It was only a one storey building when we bought it and that was a funny little cave. You had to climb in through a little opening that my son used to use as a den when he was a teenager,” Dr Mackendrick said.

“So, we cut out some of the limestone to put a door into it and then we had to excavate into the hill to put that whole room in with the bar. The wine cellar, I did that myself with a neighbour manually. We got the picks and we dug out a limestone cellar.”

The home is perfect for entertaining with an outdoor kitchen, woodfired pizza oven and alfresco as well as a solar-heated swimming pool and spa.

The garden houses a range of established trees including avocado, mango, fig, olive, grapefruit and apple.

Dr Mackendrick said the couple had made wonderful memories raising their children in the home but it was now time for another family to enjoy it.

“I’ve loved the view, the big block with a beautiful garden, lots of trees producing lots of fruit and lots of space for the kids. It was a great family home,” he said.

“The kids have all moved out and my wife and I have lived there on our own for the past five or six years…It’s time for another family to enjoy it.”

Mont Managing Director Matthew Podesta said the charming residence was an icon in East Fremantle, a tightly-held suburb known for its rich history and close-knit community.

“This stunning home sits front and centre in a beautiful pocket of East Fremantle well known for its heritage and some of the most outstanding homes in Perth. This is one of them,” Mr Podesta said.

“Not only is it a sought-after location for buyers wanting a blend of the Fremantle lifestyle, a wonderful community and access to beaches, but East Fremantle has plenty of amenity, history and a high calibre of homes.”

Real Estate Institute of WA data shows East Fremantle has experienced impressive growth in the past year, with an increase of 4.3%. The median house price in East Fremantle is $1.225 million.

Mr Podesta is taking offers for the sale of the property, which is expected to sell for around $4 million.

For more information about 21 Angwin Street, East Fremantle, click here.

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