Picture Perfect: Attadale Home To Go Under The Hammer For The First Time In 57 Years

1 May 2021

If you’ve ever dreamt of having an incredible Swan River vista as your backyard, this Attadale property offers just that.

Perched high on an escarpment, 23 Stoneham Road is a prime landholding, which takes in some of the city’s most appreciated waterfront views.

It is being offered for sale for the first time in 57 years.

Purchased in 1964 by the late Dr Tom Early and his wife Hilary, the 1074sqm site retains the original 1958-built, three bedroom home, but has potential to be transformed into a trophy dream home in one of Perth’s most sought-after locations.

Nephew Michael Quinn said the Earlys bought the property from a retired shipwright, who had subdivided the lot from a larger block that descended down to Burke Drive.

“He sold the bottom block in May 1963 with the interesting caveat on it that says the house on the lower block can never have anything built on it that’s higher than 43ft above the low water mark in the port of Fremantle, and that caveat remains in place today,” Mr Quinn said.

“So, essentially, 23 Stoneham Road can’t be built out.”

Born on a farm in Euroa, Victoria, Dr Early studied medicine at Melbourne University before practising as a general practitioner with an interest in obstetrics across Perth. He served with the air force and took a keen interest in racehorses.

“While he didn’t have children, he did have horses,” Mr Quinn said. “So, around the same time as he bought the house in Stoneham Road, he had tried to buy a property in Mt Hawthorn as a doctor’s surgery, but the bank wouldn’t give him a loan.

“One of his trotters won a big race and he had backed his own horse so there was more than enough to pay for the place in Mt Hawthorn. And then he changed banks of course!”

Dr Early retired in the 1990s with three surgeries – in Mt Lawley, Mt Hawthorn and Innaloo.

But Mr Quinn said it was the Attadale home that was a sanctuary for his aunty and uncle.

“It’s a fabulous view and Uncle Tom always had an eye for value in those sorts of things,” he said.

“Despite a lot of his medical work being on the other side of the river, he was always happy to get back to somewhat more peaceful and quiet side of the river at that time.

“He used to really enjoy the views and loved to share them with those closest to him. His birthday was in December and every year they held a birthday-come-Christmas party, which became a well-known annual event.”

Dr Early lived at the property until he died in 2002 and Mrs Early held ownership until she passed away late last year.

Mont managing director Matthew Podesta said 23 Stoneham Road, Attadale presented a rare chance to acquire a waterfront landholding to build a landmark home.

“This is a golden opportunity and has all the hallmarks of a flagship property,” Mr Podesta said. “With a prestigious and elevated position, this is one of the best spots in Attadale, if not south of the river.

“The panoramic views east to the Perth Hills and out to Fremantle and the western suburbs are unparalleled, and the rear of the property is north facing so it’s drenched in beautiful natural sunlight. Opportunities like this don’t come along every day.”

Real Estate Institute of WA data shows Attadale has experienced significant growth in the past year, with an increase of 7.67%. The median house price in Attadale is $1.25 million.

The property is due to go to auction on Saturday, May 8 at 11am. For more information about the property please click here.

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