Two of Perth’s most historic mansions are up for sale, with one heading to auction this weekend and the second, dubbed Perth’s own Great Gatsby, on the market for buyers in the $3 million range.
Both homes are iconic properties that were built by pioneering Perth families.
The first is an art deco masterpiece in Menora that is known as the Breckler mansion, and comes complete with bedroom furniture and wallpaper designed by Baz Luhrmann’s wife Catherine Martin.
Current owner Natalie Stacey-Conway described the home as “romantic and beautiful”.
“We were lucky enough to be able to buy a piece of history,” she said.
“It’s a dream come true to live here.
“As a young child I used to drive past it and I always admired it and I could never get my head around the fact that it had a ballroom.”
The grand home was built 80 years ago for Fanny Breckler, who was famous for starting the Betts shoe empire.
It has a grand entrance with chandeliers, a billiard room, wine cellar, renovated bathrooms and a shoe room.
While the upstairs ballroom has since been split into a large living area and two big bedrooms, the old stage from the 1940s remains.
Just up the road in Mount Lawley, there’s another historic mansion on the market with the property built in 1914 for Perth’s first car dealer Percy Armstrong.
Retired carpenter Bill Hulston and his wife have owned the heritage listed “Annesley” for nine years.
“It’s going to be difficult for us to find something else coming out of this place,” Mr Hulston said.
“We’re very lucky to have spent some time in it.”
The Federation home has five big bedrooms, a modern kitchen that still has the 100-year-old oven and a below-ground wine cellar.
“It’s a great opportunity for someone to buy a piece of history,” agent Helen Hemery said.