A home steeped in history up for grabs in WA

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Set on land once owned by Western Australia’s first premier, this stunning residence has a rich historical tapestry in addition to great currency for contemporary living.

Pollard House was built in 1924. Picture: realestate.com.au/buy

WA’s first premier, Sir John Forrest, owned this parcel of land in 1907 and it wasn’t until 1924 that the home was built by the Sharpe family – who retired to Guildford after running a sheep and cattle station in the north-west. In the 1950s, Mr Pollard named the house Pollard Hospital and used the space as a women’s hospital.

“Guildford is a heritage precinct. We’re one of the first settlements in Perth, so Guildford holds a lot of history,” says selling agent Heidi McAtee, from Elders Real Estate – Midland.

This drawing room showcases custom wallpaper and Waterford crystal chandeliers sourced from Parliament House. Picture: realestate.com.au/buy

“A lot of people like that riverside lifestyle. I live in Guildford too and have been here about 30 years and it’s just the most beautiful place. There’s a real sense of a semi-rural lifestyle with the river lifestyle for kids.

“Pollard House was built in 1924 and it still has the same carved 1924 placard. It says “1924” and the letter S, from the Sharpe family, who were the original custodians of the house.”

Set on a 2713sqm lot, the property at 19 Market Street, Guildford comprises five bedrooms and four bathrooms, including the three bedroom, two bathroom main residence, a guest house, pool house and below ground cellar.

High ceilings and generously placed windows allow light to flow through the living room. Picture: realestate.com.au/buy

Iron gates open to a circular driveway, stately water fountain and manicured hedges.

But the jewel of the home lies in the generous drawing room-library, which showcases custom wallpaper and Waterford crystal chandeliers sourced from Parliament House.

“That room especially, is a beautiful and unique room. A lot of houses wouldn’t have anything like it. The chandeliers are from Parliament House. When they re-did Parliament House they managed to secure them, which is really special,” McAtee says.

The kitchen speaks to the home’s heritage. Picture: realestate.com.au/buy

“The wine cellar is completely under the main house so it’s nice and cool and the actual storage area for the wine is climate-controlled. There’s a room before you enter into that where you could have your wine barrels and tables, like a wine cellar in the winery.”

The property features hallmarks of its era including detailed cornices, ceiling roses and leadlight, casement and bay windows, jarrah floorboards and high ceilings.

Each bedroom features ornate wallpaper, which ties into the rest of the home. Picture: realestate.com.au/buy

The two bedroom, two bathroom guest house/studio is clad in ivy and includes a self-contained kitchen/dining, while the saltwater swimming pool is solar and gas heated.

In addition, the tiered gardens offer a range of fruit trees including fig, lemon, grapefruit and orange trees and access to the Swan River via a back gate.

McAtee is taking offers from $2.6 million.

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