If cents were considered gold;

A couple of months ago, I spotted this house on the market (totally out of my price range but whatevz). It’s located 5 minutes drive from Fremantle Harbour with one of the most gorgeous views over the river. This week, I noticed it was still available for sale so I couldn’t help but  feature it on this blog. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll look back and think, “Oh that little old cottage?” But until then, fall in love with its beauty with me:

Imagine having breakfast here every morning? Oh my.

Even better, you could go outside!

Not phased by the view? How about a swim?

And around the house…

And from the street..

Is it obvious I was meant to live in the Mediterranean yet? Now just need to somehow come up with $35,000 per month to cover the mortgage for the next 30 years…

It was love at first sight;

Thank you Pinterest once again for linking me to beautiful architecture & interior design.

The Carpinteria Foothills Residencelocated 10 miles east from Santa Barbara in California, is situated on a hill overlooking the coast line with open plan living that screams ‘perfection’ to me. You can read more about it HERE because there’s no way I could describe the house as well as Dave from The Contemporist so I’ll let the photos do the talking.

The entrance

The view from the other side

Hallway/ Gallery….those floorboards ❤

The library….check out that stone wall!

The living area

I would happily cook in a kitchen like that

And finally, the master bedroom

More photos of the residence can be found here. I can’t decide which part of the house I love more: the kitchen or the master bedroom, I’m a sucker for views (if that’s not already obvious?)

 Now excuse me while I daydream about one day being a part of such a beautiful house, whether it’s designing something like that or living in it (a girl can dream!)

xx

The day I truly appreciated architecture;

On Thursday, I was given the opportunity to walk through the Schmidt-Lademann House, a Iwanoff masterpiece for work. Before I stepped foot in that house, I wasn’t too phased by his other pieces (found here) but this was something else.

Some have gone as far as to say it’s the best house in the universe, I would have to say some parts of it is pretty amazing (valuing houses for a living sure doesn’t make you turn your head at the words ‘best house’). The property itself is located opposite a park with not much traffic passing by and the house falls below the road, making it pretty hard to look into majority of the windows from the street. The property has a high fence & security gate to the front, making it really private but this doesn’t ruin any of the views from the ground floor or upper level.

Built in 1959, extended in 1970 and again in 2004, there’s some parts of the house that really stood out for me. The lounge room, looking out over the front yard, in the photo below brought back some memories of New Zealand for me (I don’t know if it was the wood or the minimalist styling that was similar to a friends place). But just standing in that room, I felt a certain vibe about what kind of life you could make up living there. The glazing to the front made the room feel so bright, warm and just so relaxed.

The room (below) that joined the front lounge was known as the dining but it could double as an alfresco with its cedar lined ceiling and polished timber floorboards that were similar to the decking. This room had the lounge to the left and the pool and outdoor area to the right that was separated by a wall of glazing (my favourite!)

The outdoor area wasn’t anything special so I’ll move onto my next favourite: one of the bedrooms upstairs. It faced the road (although you couldn’t tell with its view) and it had so much natural light shining in, I had serious bedroom envy.

My last favourite part of the house was the latest edition around 2004, the master bedroom’s ensuite. One wall was stone & another was all glass with sneaky cupboards you can pop out. Ahhhhh, I didn’t want to leave!

Unfortunately, if you take away the furniture (which will be happening with the sale), the house will not even come close to the level of amazing it’s currently at. Whoever put that house together, complete with all the quirky art pieces and other pieces not posted above, I would like to give them a BIG round of applause.

What do you think of the house? You can see more photos here (where I got the select few above from).

The Big Verandah

I’ve often thought about one day just packing up & moving to the country to build a house with a big verandah, where nothing interferes my views. I don’t think I’m being unrealistic here, I only have to move a little bit out of the closest town because all you really need are the bare minimums, especially if I plan to live simply.

As much as I love the city and my work is currently city based, it doesn’t mean that it will be forever. There’s so many things I can do with my profession in property that I’m not worried about the little details at the moment. Time to audition for ‘The Farmer wants a Wife‘?

If you want some inspiration for a house in the country, follow The White Verandah.

Working Away Wednesday

Yesterday, I set my alarm for 3:38am for a 6am flight up to Exmouth. It’s a small little town 2 hours flight (or 1,260km’s) from Perth that is popular amongst tourists. I went up there for work but I also got plenty of time to see the place.

Doing a progress inspection on the construction of a house

After inspecting one house and doing 3 progress inspections, I had lunch at a little cafe & drove to the closest beach….it doesn’t really have a name so I’ll just call it the 1st stop.

Drove a commodore…how bogan of me.

Reaaaaally regretted not bringing my bathers when it was 35 degrees out

Then I drove to the other side of the coast, drove up the hill to my 2nd spot where I had this amazing view:

Starting this job 11 months ago, I never thought this would be a part of my job description but life sure does surprise me sometimes! Little trips like this remind me just how beautiful this state is & how much more there is to see for me.

Considering it’s rained the past two times S has come to Perth, definitely considering Exmouth as our little getaway next time!

My idea of a house;

I just had a 3 hour lecture all about concrete. Now I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea but I enjoyed every minute of it. I can’t remember when my fascination with concrete houses started but it was well before I posted about The Safe House (I first saw this in a magazine early 2011).

I live in a state where double brick construction for residential houses is the norm so seeing anything slightly modern gets me excited. Valuing houses for a living, I get to see all sorts of awesome houses so I’m pretty lucky in that regard.

Here’s a few of my favourite concrete type houses from all around the world:

I love love loveeee the look of concrete and wood

Now if I could live in any of the above houses, I would never leave my house.