• Jon Ruwolt

Claremont House with ACT connection

Updated: Aug 12, 2019

A renovated Claremont home that once belonged for the former Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop has been listed for sale.

The home is for sale via expressions of interest, closing on December 11, with a ballpark figure of the low $4 millions.

Boasting sprawling gardens, extra-high ceilings, an expansive verandah and large traditional interiors, the home represents the very best of Federation architecture.

Bishop owned the property for six years in the 1990s, when she was a Perth lawyer.

She paid $435,000 in 1993, $5,000 less than it traded for in 1991, and went on to sell it for $1.05 million in 1999, a year after she was elected to the House of Representatives.

Last traded for $1.63 million in 2003, the buyers have since restored and enhanced the grand single level 1900s Federation home on 1,265 square metres.

Behind its tuck-pointed exterior, the home has four bedrooms, three bathrooms and three living rooms.

The current owners embarked on an extensive restoration of the property in 2015 and created a showstopper home.

“It’s the character detailing of the high ceilings, polished timber floorboards and huge rooms combined with a modern renovation that makes this an absolute honour to bring to the market,” the agent says.

“With original leadlight, ceiling roses and fireplaces in all the rooms, it’s still got that beautiful Federation character, yet all the modern conveniences that we want like a big open plan kitchen.”

Agent Fewster says the property was once home to Bishop, who has held the Federal seat of Curtin in Perth’s western suburbs since 1998.

“It is fundamentally different from when she (Bishop) lived there because its (current) owner has redone all the verandahs, the kitchen, the bathrooms. It’s taken on this beautiful upgrade.”

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