Southsea home's rear dormer gives a view of the spire atop the Kings Theatre
Victoria Road South, Southsea
Guide price: £535,000
Time, as most of us quickly learn, does not stand still. And that applies as much to houses as it does to the people who live in them.So much as we learn to adapt to our surroundings so we also learn to adapt our surroundings to suit us.
A good illustration of how this can be achieved is a Victorian terraced house in Victoria Road South in Southsea.During the past 20 years, the current owners have both sympathetically conserved and updated the house, increasing the space it offers by a significant degree without enlarging its footprint to any great degree.Like its neighbours, the house originally had a projecting wing at the rear for a kitchen with a bedroom above.This is has now been widened at ground floor level to create a kitchen / dining space with excellent storage and work space both along the walls and by utilising a central island.
There is also now a roof light that allows light into the dining area and also via what was originally an exterior window into the family room.At the front of the house, behind the single-storey bay, is the sitting room, which divides from the family room thanks to the installation of folding doors.
Both parts of the room still possess their original ornate fireplaces as well as impressive wood doors with glazed panels from the entrance hall where the original patterned floor tiles are still in place.On the first floor, the house has three bedrooms and a family bathroom with both a claw foot free-standing bath and shower cubicle alongside a separate cloakroom.
The staircase continues to the second floor, where an additional bedroom with en-suite shower room has been installed.Its rear dormer gives a view of the spire atop the Kings Theatre. In fact the surrounding area is alive with entertainment and places to eat although the property’s Mediterranean-style rear garden is a wonderful place to enjoy warm, lazy days.The location is convenient for access to all life’s essentials – schools, shops, leisure facilities, commuter routes, and the Seafront.