This charming Newport house has the street appeal of a cottage, but its double block and four bedrooms has plenty of room for a busy family.

 

53-55 Oakbank Street, Newport 3015

 

 

The exterior might be of yesteryear but the interior has been brought up to date and well suited to modern family expectations.

Entry is via a leadlight door which opens to a typical floorplan of the era – several rooms opening off a central hallway. In this case however, it comes to a full stop in a modern open-plan living/dining/kitchen area overlooking the landscaped backyard.

A sitting room at the front of the house has a corner fireplace and views over the street are prettily framed by the verandah’s iron lacework.

Four bedrooms means there is scope for flexibility. The main bedroom has a walk-in robe and en suite and a rear bedroom with another en suite has its own entry and as such would be suitable for a guest bedroom or teen retreat.

All three bathrooms are fully renovated with white and grey colour schemes and the main bathroom has a stand-alone bath.

The sleek open-plan living and kitchen area has black and white fittings, banks of windows bounce light off the white walls and the honey-coloured floorboards add warmth. In the kitchen, white benches contrast against black cupboards to striking effect and bulkheads, downlights and wall niches in the living area add a touch of drama. A gas log fire keeps it all cosy.

Folding doors in the living area open to a pergola running the width of the house. It has more than enough room to entertain, but if the weather is more willing an extensive deck adjoining the back fence gets plenty of northern sun. The mature surrounding gardens have been landscaped to create an oasis of green.

And if the house appeals, the location might well be the deciding factor. Close to parks, schools, Newport and Williamstown’s thriving cafe strips, five minutes to the waterfront, a relaxing 15-minute stroll to the station and a quick drive to the city.

 

53-55 Oakbank Street, Newport, 3015 (Photo supplied)

53-55 Oakbank Street, Newport, 3015 (Photo supplied)

53-55 Oakbank Street, Newport, 3015 (Photo supplied)