Due to its proximity to the “embracing ocean air”, the site was first identified as an ideal location for health and wellbeing by the Ministering Convalescent League (MCL) in the late 1800’s. The League constructed several buildings between 1897 and 1915 that are considered to have state significance. The buildings were included in the State Register of Heritage Places on a permanent basis in 2000.
The Curtin Heritage Living site, previously called the M.C.L. Convalescent Home and later as the M.L.C. Home, was one of Western Australia’s largest and most successful philanthropic institutions of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It provided convalescent services to the people of the State between the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Of note, the home cared for people from the Goldfields who required treatment for typhoid disease. It provided services also to women, for whom there were few medical facilities available prior to the construction of King Edward Memorial Hospital in 1916.
The site was requisitioned by use by the military between 1942 and 1945. A regiment took up temporary occupation of the site until it was handed back to MCL.
In 1955, the Department of Health took possession of the site. As the Fremantle Hospital Mosman Park Annexe, the site provided health care services and became a site for training doctors and nurses.
In 1984, during the mining boom of the 1980s, major alterations and additions were made to convert the earlier buildings and to develop Wearne Hostel for the Frail Aged. Further development took place in 2004.
In 2020, construction commenced on Marine Views Cottesloe, a world-leading residential care facility, and Waterfront Cottesloe, an integrated independent living village.
Each Marine Views Cottesloe household is named after a prominent Western Australian that has influenced the site. You can read more about significant figures at the entrance of each household.
Marine Views Cottesloe
Marine Views Cottesloe is a 128-bed residential care facility accredited under the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission. The home cares for residents with low, high and dementia specific care needs.
The home has been designed in line with a small household model, where 16 resident suites are located close to household amenities, including kitchen, dining, lounge and sitting rooms. Each household is named after a prominent Western Australian who has influenced care services from the site. Each household has direct access to activity and garden spaces, including internal courtyards and balconies.
Onsite “destinations” are included to ensure a range of lifestyle and activity options, even for those who are unable to take advantage of the local beaches or our bus outings.
Waterfront Cottesloe is a 76-apartment community where residents can enjoy a beachside lifestyle and the benefits of a supportive community.
Curtin Heritage Living has collaborated with leading architects, Grounds Kent Architects (GKA) and Hames Sharley Architects, to redefine the art of retirement living. GKA and Hames Sharley are both leading Western Australian architectural firms with an international reputation for providing the highest quality resort and residential living environments.
Our architectural team have combined their inspiration and experience to produce beautiful homes that superbly fits their coastal location and delivers modern style with a range of forms and materials.
There are a range of two-, three- and three and half-bedroom apartments. Each apartment is designed for accessibility and to enable individuals to remain in their home should they require additional support to remain independent.
Waterfront Cottesloe is being constructed over two stages. Stage on will include 20 apartments, a resident lounge, and a podium garden. Stage two will include another 56 apartments and extensive amenity, including an ocean front lounge, pool, gym, yoga studio and workshop.
Stage two also includes the construction of a restaurant, medical centre and art gallery. Heritage buildings will be renovated that will be made available for Waterfront Cottesloe residents, and the wider community. There will be a community theatre, arts hub, club house, private dining and a range of activity and meeting spaces.
For more information, or to arrange a private consultation, register your details or phone (08) 9382 7555.