In life, many things go full circle - and this week’s Our House is no exception.
Around eight years ago this terraced house in Longwood Gate, Longwood was featured in the Examiner’s Our House feature.
This encouraged current owners Mike Richmond and Emma Hunter to go along for a viewing.
Emma said: “We would never have looked at this house if we hadn’t seen it featured in the Examiner. When we went to look, we were amazed at how spacious the house was, really deceptive from the outside. It was originally two houses, one of which was an under-dwelling, so it is much larger than your would originally think. When we looked at the floorplan we couldn’t believe how large this house was.’’
Now however, the couple and their young twin daughters are planning a move to near Scarborough to be closer to their families who live near the popular Yorkshire coastal resort.
Since they moved into the former under-over dwelling, the couple have transformed the property into a warm and welcoming cosy family home with four bedrooms and other versatile accommodation.
Emma, who works as a nurse at Kirkwood Hospice, said: “We understand that this house was built in the 1900s as an infill property between the weaver’s cottage next door and the former Lodge Rooms (1881) which used to be a meeting room and place for dancing.’’
Today, the house is laid out over four floors including a large bedroom in the converted loft. This work was carried out by the former owners and is set out as a twin room with Velux windows, exposed beams and under eaves storage, which is reached by a proper staircase.
Walk into the house at ground level and you find an entrance lobby, lounge with an ornate feature fireplace and ceiling rose, a second reception room which be used as a second sitting room, playroom, office etc. Also on this level is the family bathroom which has a roll top bath with a shower over.
Stairs lead down to the lower ground floor which has two large rooms - a dining kitchen with a range of base and wall units with a wood block worksurface and a `London’ sink. A door opens to the larder/cellar.
The second room on this floor is used as a family/dining room which has a wood effect floor and a solid fuel stove on a stone hearth in a fireplace. Double doors open onto the enclosed paved garden.
On the first floor this house has three bedrooms including a large master room which has far reaching views and an original cast iron fireplace. Walk through into a walk-in wardrobe and en-suite which has a contemporary white suite.
Also on this floor is a single bedroom and a second double room which also has a feature fireplace and a separate w.c. and wash basin.
Outside the house has a fully enclosed garden to the rear which is low-maintenance with paving and planted areas. From the back of the house there are views towards Scapegoat Hill. For anyone with children, there is a play area just a few minutes away at the bottom of Spark Street.
This house is a very deceptive large family home which is close to the M62 for anyone who commutes to Leeds or Manchester, is close to local junior, high schools and Huddersfield New College and open countryside for anyone who enjoys walking.
The property is being marketed by Earnshaw Kay estate agents 01484 680800.