Stately beauty: 12 Mernda Street, Sunshine West, 3020

By Jenan Taylor

The timeless beauty of this four-bedroom, Federation-style house is bound to make anyone proud to call it their own.


12 Mernda Street, Sunshine West 3020



A patterned driveway leads to a deep verandah fringed with traditional fretwork and to a striking leadlight front door. Inside, polished hardwood floorboards, classically embellished walls, ceilings, windows, doors and tiles maintain the heritage texture and look.

A lounge or games room with graceful fireplace and light fixture leads off to the left of the entry hall, while a study with wainscoting edging the walls and a main bathroom and main bedroom also sit off this elegant foyer.

With views out to the front, the sleeping zone has built-in cupboards, a picture rail and a split-system. The nearby bathroom is striking with floor-to-ceiling cream and red subway tiles, a red lacquered clawfoot bathtub and a timber vanity reclining beneath cedar ceilings.

An open plan living zone at the centre of the house starts with the kitchen, finished in American oak and featuring plentiful cabinets, patterned floor tiles, stone-topped benches and breakfast peninsular. This overlooks the dining space which in turn unfolds to a family domain with high, beamed ceilings.

A set of french doors opens to the wrap-around porch, perfect for lingering with a coffee, and continues to a partially paved backyard with plenty of space to hold barbecues and other social gatherings.

There is also a vast garden out here with shed, a double garage with workshop, and an outdoor kitchen.

There is a bedroom, bathroom and large laundry near the living zone, while a timber stairwell sweeps up to a retreat area on the landing. A pair of elegant doors lead from here to two further bedrooms both with walk-in robes and one with an en suite.

Ducted heating and air-conditioning are included, while the natural surroundings of nearby Kororoit Creek and close proximity to Sunshine Secondary College and Sunshine Primary School, add to the appeal.