The epitome of real classic British design in Portsmouth
Carmarthen Avenue, Drayton, Portsmouth
Guide price: £565,000
‘Keep right on to the end of the road’ goes the song, and if you do that in Carmarthen Avenue in Drayton you are in for a real treat.
Because at the top of the road on the right-hand side is the absolute epitome of what many regard as the most appealing classic design in British domestic architecture.The early to mid-20th Century double height bay and gable front to be seen on houses of the period was a signal of prosperity for the Baby Boomer generation, which helps explain the strong demand for such properties that still exists.Along with the design went the obligatory tree-lined road and Carmarthen Avenue delivers on that score, too.This particular house is immediately adjacent to the grassy slopes of Portsdown Hill, too – literally just the other side of the garden fence.
‘The house is a real eye-catcher, built in the period when garages were also an important signal that the owners were among the better-off,’ explains Colin Shairp, of Fine and Country Southern Hampshire.‘As a result, this house has a cat-slide roof that descends from the apex like a friendly arm to embrace the garage and hold it close – in fact it would be easy to incorporate it into the living space, a familiar move around Drayton – subject to necessary consents.
‘Quite a number of these houses also have extensions into the roof space to add a second floor but this particular property is largely as it was built, although with the addition of a conservatory that offers great space but doesn’t impinge on enjoyment of the beautifully landscaped rear garden with its lawns, terraces, borders, and kitchen garden that extends across the top of the neighbouring property. It’s a gardener’s delight!‘Back inside, there is a large sitting room to the front behind the lower half of the bay window and a separate dining room to the rear, opening into the conservatory via double French doors set in glazed side screens.
‘The kitchen has a fantastic amount of storage and work surface incorporating a breakfast bar.‘On the first floor there are three double bedrooms, the master with the upper portion of the front bay, plus a further single and a large family bathroom with both a corner bath and a separate shower cubicle.‘It’s a wonderful family home exactly as it is but for those who would like the scope to do more, it’s still a blank canvas and an exciting prospect!’