Heather and Derek Neil have enjoyed 23 years in their beautiful Gosforth home.
The three-storey Victorian property, in the heart of the suburb, has provided a wonderful space in which to raise their three children. Now they’ve all grown up and flown the nest, Heather and Derek are looking to downsize.
The property’s great central location on West Avenue, coupled with its abundance of space, prompted them to buy it in the early 1990s.
Heather said: “We liked the fact that the house had plenty of character and it was really close to Gosforth high street and local transport links. It’s also close to good state schools in Gosforth and the children could all walk to school which was great.”
Built in the 1870s, the mid-
terraced family home provides spacious accommodation over three floors. Features include an entrance lobby with tiled flooring, and reception hall with staircase to the first floor.
There is a sitting room with bay window and fireplace, as well as a dining room also with fireplace. The breakfasting kitchen features the original cast-iron range and includes plenty of space for informal family dining.
“We love the spaciousness of the property. All the rooms are very big. When we bought the house it needed updating so we knocked the kitchen and another room together to make one large open plan family kitchen,” said Heather.
On the first floor, there is a drawing room with bay window and fireplace.
Heather said: “We like the upstairs sitting room. It’s very typical of houses in Gosforth of this type. It has a bay window and it’s really very big. We’ve seen people do lots of really nice things with that room. You can look out onto the street and enjoy the views.”
There are three bedrooms, one with en suite shower room. The second floor includes two further bedrooms and family bathroom.
Heather said: “There was a granny flat at the top of the house when we bought it, but we didn’t have a granny to put into it. We changed it and made it into a bedroom and two home offices.” The property benefits from a town garden at the front, courtyard and south facing garden with patio areas.
Despite its close proximity to amenities, West Avenue is a peaceful residential street.
“We have a copy of a very old photograph taken when the street was first built from the city archives,” said Heather. “The tiny little saplings in the street in the 1870s, contrasted with the huge trees now is amazing. When the trees are in leaf, it’s really very attractive.
“We have residents parking which means it’s not a problem, and a large garage at the back.”
The location is another great selling point, according to Heather. “It’s very convenient for public transport into town. I can get into town from my front door in under 15 minutes.” With the recent arrival of their first grandchild, the couple are looking to start a new chapter in their lives.
“I will be happy to move and find somewhere that’s closer to our needs. This was a house where we brought up our children and we really enjoyed being here, but now it’s time for somebody else, perhaps with children, to use it in the way it was meant to be used.”
- 17 West Avenue, Gosforth, is for sale through Rook Matthews Sayer at £625,000, tel: 0191 284 7999.