High above the river in a quiet exclusive enclave, is a significant historic home with deep roots in East Fremantle's history. With soaring ceilings, gracious rooms, marble fireplaces and a series of French doors opening to the wide wraparound verandah, this grand home truly embraces its extraordinary hilltop location. Look west over the river, the harbour and the ocean to Rottnest, and to the east, see the sunrise over the distant hills. With several living areas, double-storey extension, independent apartment-style space downstairs, rambling grounds, terraced gardens, pool and cellar, this is a remarkable place ready for a new family to create its own history.
Built at the beginning of the 20th century for architect, engineer, East Fremantle mayor and parliamentarian Joseph Francis Allen, the estate was named “Harvose”, in honour of Allen's Cornish heritage. The home retains the atmosphere of the era, with a large leadlight front door opening to a wide hallway with pressed tin ceilings. There are four grand original rooms off the hallway - bedrooms, living, office - with features including extraordinary marble fireplaces, French doors to the verandah, bay windows and, on the eastern side, those beautiful long views to the Darling Scarp.
Beyond is a two-storey extension: open-plan living with elegant kitchen, fabulous rectangular French light fitting over the dining space and more doors to the verandah, leading to one of the series of outdoor spaces that wrap around the home. There are two more bedrooms and a bathroom on this level, as well as a spectacular large mezzanine living space or parents' retreat, with river, ocean and island views.
Downstairs is an independent living space with two well-separated bedrooms, one with en-suite, plus a large living area with double doors leading to the pool and garden. In addition, one of the bedrooms has its own direct access to the outdoors, making this a very flexible area for guests, nanny, or teenager's hideaway. The home is on high limestone foundations, with a great cellar (or man-cave) underneath.
Outdoors, there is sheltered outdoor dining under the willow by the pool, as well as a secret corner among the trees where you'll find the children's timber playset. An elevated entertaining deck at the front of the home has spectacular views over the river, port and ocean.
In a very quiet no-through-road on top of the cliff rising above the river and surrounded by prestigious historic and contemporary homes, Surbiton Road is a magical spot and 'Harvose' is an extraordinary home.
5 bedrooms 3 bathrooms 2 cars 1 study 1 pool
- Grand historic hilltop home by the river
- Extensive river, ocean and hills views
- Very quiet, exclusive location
- Gracious rooms, high ceilings
- Marble fireplaces, jarrah floors
- Series of French doors to wide verandahs
- Terraced grounds with pool
- Two-storey extension
- Elegant kitchen and open-plan living
- Several living areas
- Fabulous office with views
- Apartment-style lower level
- On the register of the National Estate, classified by the National Trust