Etched into the limestone of this heritage home, is the autograph of The Easybeats’ drummer Gordon “Snowy” Fleet.
In 2005, the father and son renovated the house through their construction company, Fleet & Beck, taking advice from well-known Fremantle architect, Brian Klopper.
Selling agent, Cindy Loffell – from Dethridge Groves, Fremantle – says the house “wasn’t too shabby” when Adam first bought it, but he and Snowy improved it with a modern extension.
“There’s a little section in the house where Snowy has signed his name in the limestone, which is pretty cool,” says Loffell.
The limestone, brick and iron home was originally built between 1875 and 1878. It was first owned by Edward Dunne, who emigrated to Fremantle as an enrolled pensioner guard in 1854.
When Dunne and his wife died, the Victorian Georgian-style property was gifted to the couple’s 14-year-old daughter, Mary Dunne, and it became known as Mary Dunne Cottage.
Historical records class the 19th-century residence as culturally significant, as it represents the settlement and development of the port city of Fremantle.
Hampton Road historical home
Nestled away from the street on a 641sqm block, the revamped five-bedroom, two-bathroom home is set over two storeys, with the ground floor featuring curved brick-vaulted ceilings and north-facing windows.
Changes to the house over time have been sympathetic to its past, with a bullnose veranda, ornate ceilings, Edwardian fireplace, sash windows and jarrah floorboards all retained.
Additional features include a wood-fired pizza oven, solar panels, double-glazed windows and electronic gates.
Loffell is taking offers.