There are many reasons why people buy certain houses: in the case of this week’s Our House, it was due to a stunning magnolia tree.
The late Peter Whittle, who owned the house in Foxglove Road, Almondbury, so loved the tree when it was in blossom that he snapped up the large detached property when it came on the market.
His son-in-law Barry Andrews explains: “Sadly Peter, who used to run the Peters store in Huddersfield, died in June and the house is now up for sale.
“He originally lived at 1, Foxglove Road but when this house came up for sale, he moved just two doors down the road because he was a passionate gardener and loved the house’s magnolia tree and large garden. He lived here for over 40 years.’’
Barry, who is now looking after the house in this sought-after cul-de-sac, said it is ideal for a large family with its six bedrooms, versatile accommodation and gardens to three sides. Built in the early 1900s, it is an imposing house situated on one of the most sought after addresses in the Almondbury area, where houses rarely come on to the market.
The property is laid out over four levels, including large cellars, which could easily be converted into living space such as a games room or gym etc, and an attic space with two second-floor bedrooms and a box room, ideal for a teenage suite.
Barry says: “I would imagine that the top bedrooms were originally living space for servants when the house was originally built.’’
Inside, the property has a cloakroom, large lounge with original features and a wide bay window, separate dining room, kitchen, a side entrance porch and a small lean-to conservatory overlooking the garden. Upstairs on the first-floor are four bedrooms and a bathroom.
Barry said: “The master bedroom has fitted wardrobes and although there is currently no en-suite, it would be relatively easy to create one by knocking through to the smaller bedroom next door.All the bedrooms are a good size.
“This house needs a buyer to come along who has vision and can see the great potential of this house. With its original features, it could be turned into a super home. I can remember it being a great party home in years gone-by, particularly at Christmas when it was full of people.’’
Outside, there is a driveway, double garage and large gardens on three sides, including the magnolia tree in the front garden.
This house at Foxglove Road is ideally situated for quick access into Huddersfield, which can be reached on foot in about 10 to 15 minutes, and also for shopping and schools in Almondbury.
This is a fabulous 1900s detached house which needs a buyer with vision to renovate it to its former glory and turn it back into a vibrant family home. The fabric of the house is sound and it is ripe for renovation into a modern home.
The house is being marketed by Boultons estate agents 01484 515029.