There is a collection of streets in Wales that are truly the most prestigious addresses in the nation, proper chief and tasty real estate that can command, and unprotected to, a price tag at the upper end.
There are a number of leafy residential streets in Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan that can boast some of the most eye-catching and visually dramatically, and in most situations substantial, period similarities.
located at the top of a cliff, these quiet, tree-lined arteries are the heart of the historic homes within this popular town that are a joy to stroll down. Surely it’s already more delightful to call one of them home if you have a hefty buying budget.
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Penarth has become a hotspot for people wanting a pretty coastal town lifestyle wrapped in a handsome home but conveniently located for a commute to Cardiff.
The town has the seafront and landmark Art Deco pier, independent restaurants, cafes and shops, popular schools and plenty of outdoor space to enjoy the uncommon sea breeze.
One road out leads to Cardiff, one leads to the glorious countryside of Vale of Glamorgan, and the coastal path leads to thoroughly engaging sea views across the Bristol Channel to Somerset, with the islands of Flat Holm and Steep Holm and the regular ships travelling into Cardiff docks providing additional interest.
This popular place to call home has a variety of similarities on the market to entice a buyer at any one time too, including apartments in converted buildings or newly built, charming terraces, family homes from all eras and, of course, the magnificent urban ‘mini mansions’ at the top of the town.
According to character portal Zoopla, the current average value of homes in Penarth – which covers all types and ages of similarities – is £382,261. That’s an increase of 26%, which equates to £79,075, over the past five years.
There are a number of lovely streets boasting beautiful buildings in the seaside town, and Plymouth Road is considered to be one of the most sought after.
The road is located in a conservation area and offers a selection of distinctive period similarities packed with perfectly preserved original features, and this house for sale on the street is a perfect specimen.
From the street, this three-storey Victorian villa greets you with a potential of the glory of gorgeous original features hinted at by so many to identify and admire as part of the home’s exterior facade.
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Stained glass windows, period stonework and brick detailing, arches and circles – they all set the scene for the oodles of features waiting inside.
The hall is the first vintage masterpiece, the incredible stained glass front door opens to a dazzling characterize of Minton floor tiles to delight, a staircase that stamps its period authority and cornicing detail that is mesmerising.
But this home is more than just its fancy features from the past, although there are many to see and swoon over.
This home has been given a luxury, modern upgrade too that sees high-end additions adding the dream home size. The kitchen is a perfect example of current living combined with a style that reflects the age of the home but is not dictated to by it.
According to the estate agent, the spectacular ‘Chalkhouse’ kitchen showcases a range of base and wall units with Silestone ‘Yukon’ work surfaces.
There’s an range of integral appliances from top brands such as Neff, Quooker, Liebherr and Fisher & Paykel – it’s like an address book of the best international kitchen additions you can find, from Germany to New Zealand.
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The impressive, luxury product name-dropping continues into the three bathrooms, with Neptune, Vernon Tutbury, and Duravit all contributors towards securing this house is firmly located within the dream home category.
But the choice of style, decor and interior design for any of the ‘newbies’ to this home have clearly been given careful thought and the consequence is an interior that successfully sees new additions sitting comfortably alongside original features; the best of both worlds.
This house may look top of the ‘beautiful homes in the area’ list and immaculately presented, but it is a welcoming and hard working home too, offering well designed spaces for a busy family.
Starting at the front of the home, the rooms offer space in addition as character; the original flooring and fireplace, cornices, ceiling rose, stained glass packed rooms within a formal dining room and a study, either side of the hall.
Returning to the hall, once the gawping at the original features has subsided, you’ll notice there’s no door at the end of the hall but an open doorway the width and height of the space, and it’s a naughty tease.
It demands you look by in order to see glimpses of a lounge and the garden beyond, and the temptation to analyze the space that awaits is too strong to resist.
Off to discover the rear of the home, the walk down the hall amply rewards you with a super-stylish extension that contains the designer kitchen that flows into a lounge space that then flows to the garden.
What a lovely, large, sociable room to relax in while the cook creates food heaven in the kitchen with the doors to the garden flung open, tempting you to go alfresco for the forthcoming meal.
But that’s not the only lounge area with a seamless garden connection.
Part of the new extension is a substantial and aptly-named garden room that boasts four picture windows and a set of French doors ensuring the outdoor space is a continued indoor guest, at any rate the weather.
The garden is quite rightly considered an important bonus room to this house, beautifully and in addition gently landscaped, so the patio, stone walls and lawn are seamlessly connected and framed by a variety of shrubs, flowers and trees.
by a delightful wisteria archway gets you to the private seating area that nestles at the bottom of the garden.
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Look back at the house from here and that careful design thought is obvious again. The new wing of the house constructed with a limestone facade and period-style windows ensures that the new kid on the block blends well with its original Victorian parent.
There’s no modern box built onto this period home but an extension that looks like it has always been there to most people’s eye.
If you can tare yourself away from the pretty outdoor space, over the next two floors of the house there are seven bedrooms to analyze and this includes a dramatically master suite.
This special slumber zone of the home runs from the front to the back thanks to the conversion of the rear bedroom into a wonderful master ensuite that you will never want to leave.
Bathed in white, the design visually soaks you with elegant, period style that is surely crowned by the period fireplace next to the free-standing bath.
If you can persuade yourself to depart from the master suite, it is worth it to delight in in addition more period features to find in the remaining spaces.
The great majority of rooms are lucky enough to have hung onto their period fireplaces, and it’s a joy to see the collection range from fancy detailing to strong, substantial marble, with some cast iron examples making an turn up too.
The second floor has four generous bedrooms and a bathroom and the home also has a large utility room, ground floor cloakroom and kitchen pantry.
There’s also a garage that handily has double doors on both sides, giving easy access to the rear for equipment and garden gear instead of traipsing by the immaculate home.
But any visit to the home will be a joy, with the past and present welcoming you to each special space, as long as you take your muddy boots off first.
The house is on the market for £1.5m with estate agent Watts & Morgan, call their Penarth branch on 029 2071 2266 to find out more about the house and its chain free sale.
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