Carved into the cliff: Perth mansion hits the market after 18 years

An historic Perth mansion carved into the cliff face above Fremantle Harbour is turning heads just days after hitting the market. Built in 1908 and set on 1,049sqm, the five-bedroom, four-bathroom property at 21 Angwin Street, East Fremantle, is available for the first time in 18 years. It boasts scenic views of Rottnest Island and the Swan River along with an abundance of size and space.

A federation facade greets guests and a wealth of intricate details feature inside and out including jarrah floors, ceiling roses and cornicing, double-hung windows and stunning open fireplaces.

A standout highlight sees a cinema room, 1,200-bottle wine cellar and bespoke bar built below the house and set deep within the limestone cliff itself, making it the ideal place to retreat on a hot summer’s day.

For further relaxing and entertainment, there’s a tiled covered terrace overlooking a resort-style pool and spa plus a two-hole golf putting green, Koi and goldfish ponds with bronze water features, a woodfired clay pizza oven, an outdoor chess board, a boathouse, established fruit trees and vegetable patches, and separate, self-contained accommodation.

William Porteous Properties sales agent Olivia Porteous explains the property’s first inspection saw a “real mixture” of 16 groups come through the home. The “active view” of cars crossing Stirling Bridge and boats sailing on the harbour was especially popular.

“We had families and a couple of downsizers as you could almost just live on lower levels if you don’t have kids,” she says. “We also had a lot of people through who want to upgrade from the area to something with a view.”

Olivia says the gorgeous “compound” style ambience of the property, along with its immaculate presentation and maintenance, is also a winner with would-be buyers.

“It’s presented perfectly – everything’s perfect, even the landscaping,” she says. “You could live here and still be self-sufficient because you’ve got all these fruit trees and veggie patches. There’s very good security with CCTV cameras… and there’s good separation.”

The property has a price guide of high $4 millions. Offers close at 5pm on Monday, February 15.


21 Angwin Street, East Fremantle, WA 6158


Olivia Porteous
0423 557 438
William Porteous Properties International Pty Ltd – Dalkeith

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