Highfield

£795,000

Guide price

  • Bedrooms: 5
A classic arts and crafts character five bedroom residence located in one of Southampton's most prestigious roads.

Agent's Comments

"This traditional residence is located in a revered, highly sought after address that is regarded as the most exclusive streets in the city."

"The picturesque residents' gardens are within a short walk and comprise tennis courts, mature rose beds and a summer pavillion. Allotments and a natural common area with a stream are found on the opposite side of Abbotts Way."

Introduction

This much cherished family home has only had three owners since it was built circa1928 and is now offered for sale for the first time in almost sixty years. Constructed to a pleasing design this fine property boasts numerous original features and exudes great character and stature. It will no doubt appeal to purchasers seeking the opportunity to enhance and restore a traditional home to its former glory. The nearby ornamental residents' gardens are an outstanding feature of this highly aspired to neighbourhood and are an enchanting sight to behold. The formal areas comprise grass and hard surface tennis courts, manicured lawns, rose gardens and a summer pavilion. The gardens on the opposite side of Abbotts Way offer a more informal setting with allotments, a natural lawn, mature shrubs and trees together with a stream.

Description

The deep porch has the original wooden door that opens to the grand, panelled reception hall creates an impressive entrance to the property. The returning staircase ascends to the first floor and parquet wood flooring is found here and in the principal reception rooms whilst a useful study area is found under the stairs. A recess offers hanging space for coats and a washroom leads to a separate WC. Of generous proportions the spacious lounge enjoys a front and rear aspect with French doors opening to the rear garden. Providing a pleasing focal point for the room the marble fireplace has an open hearth and an electric coal effect fire. Positioned to the opposite side of the hall is the large dining room with a front aspect bay window and a feature brickette open fireplace that boasts an inset quarry tiled arch and a mantel shelf. The walls display panelling with two porthole windows and are complemented by a beamed ceiling. The breakfast room features the original servants bell indicator board and a dresser offering ample space for a table and chairs for informal dining and has the added benefit of a large walk-in pantry and a further walk-in china room fitted with original cupboards and a dresser. A door opens to the kitchen that has a dated range of wall and base units and complementary work surfaces that incorporate a sink. A side elevation window allows natural light to flow and plumbing for a washing machine and dishwasher are provided. A door leads to the rear lobby where a door opens to the side elevation and a further WC is located together with a further walk-in store room. On the first floor the spacious landing features a staircase ascending to the loft bedroom. An understairs cupboard, airing cupboard and further linen cupboard are provided. The largest bedroom is found on the right and enjoys a front, side and rear outlook. It has a strengthened floor as it was originally designed as a billiards room but now offers excellent proportions with ample space for an en-suite or could be sub-divided to create an additional bedroom. Bedroom two is a comfortable double with the rare feature of a French door opening to an ornate balcony that has pleasant views overlooking the rear garden and beyond. A shower cubicle and wash hand basin are found in the left corner. Bedroom three is also double in size with a pleasing dual aspect overlooking Abbotts Way and a wash basin is installed. Bedroom four is double in size with a side aspect bay window, a fitted double wardrobe and a wash basin. The bathroom displays a dated three piece white suite and an additional WC is found on the opposite side of the landing. The second floor landing has two cupboards (one housing the cold water tank).

A spacious loft bedroom is double in size with good headroom and views along Abbotts Way. A notable feature of the walk-in roof space is the pine lined roof that denotes a high build quality when originally constructed. This space has potential (STP) to provide an additional room if desired.

Outside

The front garden comprises an area of lawn with shrub borders and a brick wall defining the pavement boundary whilst a stone path leads to the porch. The driveway follows the full length of the left hand boundary allowing off road parking for numerous vehicles and the single garage that was designed to match the house is positioned in the top left corner of the plot with a tap and an inspection pit. The rear garden has a southerly facing aspect and is predominantly laid to lawn with mature shrubs and trees providing an attractive outlook and a good degree of natural privacy. A stone paved patio is approached from the lounge and climbing plants adorn the brick pillars of the balcony above. Here, an outside tap is installed and two fishponds and a greenhouse are found towards the rear boundary.

Location

Highfield is a highly sought after residential area ideally placed for access to The University campus and The Common whilst the city centre is easily reached via The Avenue. Extensive and varied local shopping facilities are found nearby in Portswood including Sainsburys and Waitrose stores whilst several popular local pubs are within walking distance. Excellent bus services serving all parts of the city pass nearby and the M3 & M27 motorways are within easy driving distance allowing access to regional towns and cities along with easy access to Southampton Airport. A variety of popular schools for all ages are found within the vicinity and the Nuffield theatre, Turner Sims concert hall and Jubilee sports complex that boasts an indoor swimming pool are found in University road.

Information note

This house has gas fired central heating and no forward chain.

Directions

Proceed out of the city in a northerly direction along The Avenue and opposite the Cowherds public house turn right into Winn road. At the end turn left and bear right at the mini roundabout. Turn first right into Abbotts Way where the property will be found on the right hand side as identified by our for sale board (post code for Sat Nav purposes is SO17 1QT).

Arrange viewing 01794 278128

Charles Powell

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