Great choice thanks to major upgrade
‘Fine stand-out features to set this apart from other properties’
First Avenue, Farlington
Finding an older property for updating into your idea of a dream home is not always easy.So maybe the solution is to look at the problem from the other direction and buy a home where the work has already been done.After all, even the most particular of buyers would find it difficult to fault the way a property in First Avenue at Farlington has been brought up to date.
The familiar square double height bay, crowned with a decorative gable, is still there as is the matching canopy porch over the front door. Behind that front door is a hallway leading to generous accommodation where the drawing room at the front still has an attractive period brick fireplace.Behind is the sitting room, which opens out into a dining room while alongside both is a long kitchen with modern units and plenty of workspace. Across the rear of the house is a family room that’s a stark contrast with the drawing room, a vibrant, south-facing space with a domed skylight over much of the room and bi-fold doors onto a large rear terrace.The first floor retains much of its original layout, although the bathroom has been skilfully enlarged to incorporate a shower cubicle. A second staircase has been added between the two double bedrooms and rises to a new master bedroom with a south-facing dormer offering extensive views to Langstone Harbour and a large wardrobe fronted by sliding doors.
‘The house has been given a very refreshing and imaginative makeover that doesn’t detract from the period frontage that so many buyers want to see, but does bring a package of new features that have resulted in a very appealing four-bedroom home,’ says Colin Shairp, of Town and Country Southern estate agents.‘It means there are fine stand-out features to set this apart from other properties and, of course, all the hard work has been done. Rather than looking for a project, perhaps buyers should be looking for something to move straight into and enjoy this summer.‘That’s certainly what this house promises with the fine living space, rear terrace, and lawn.‘At the same time, it benefits from the area’s other attractions, not least among them the opportunity to take advantage of fine schools and a range of local attractions.’