The beautiful and tranquil surroundings of a Victorian park that is almost on her doorstep, and which is loved by Jan Papadopoulos, make it one of the main things she will miss when she moves house.
And she also believes that Saltwell Park is a major selling point of her modern property in Low Fell where she has lived with husband Photis for the past 12 years.
Jan said: “What really attracted me to the house was the location – it’s right next to Saltwell Park. You come out of the front door, walk for maybe a couple of minutes, then you’re in Saltwell Park.
“There has been so much work done on the park since we moved in and we hear lots of the birds that perch in there, although as I’m no expert I couldn’t tell you what they are!”
Saltwell Park has benefited recently from thousands of new trees and shrubs, Victorian-style seats, a renovation of Saltwater Towers mansion, the maze and 3,600sq m of new lawn.
Jan, a retired computer programmer, added: “Everybody just seems to love to go there.”
Another huge attraction for Jan when buying her house, near Durham Road in Low Fell, was the fact that it was so handy for public transport. She said: “When I moved in, the children were 10 and 12 and it was easy for them to catch buses to school and other places.”
It is also convenient for shopping, with supermarkets at Team Valley and in Gateshead, shops in Low Fell itself and easy travel into Newcastle.
“The estate is about 14 years old and our house was originally the showhome.
“There are townhouses at the top of the estate and 12 detached houses in our street with three different designs. It’s lovely and friendly – there’s not a bit of bother and the neighbours are absolutely lovely.”
The house has a large dual-aspect sitting room – almost 27ft long – and is reached from the spacious entrance hall. There is also a dining room and a breakfasting kitchen, as well as a utility and downstairs cloakroom.
There is a garden of around
one-third of an acre with grass, shrubs and trees, two garages and lots of parking space.
Upstairs are three double bedrooms on the first floor, including a spacious en suite master with dressing area, and two bedrooms on the second floor with bathrooms.
One of the most attractive spaces is the family room, as Jan explained: “My favourite part of the house is probably the family room upstairs because it’s nice and bright. It has big double doors and a lot of sunlight comes through during the evenings – it’s
a lovely peaceful and refreshing room.
“We haven’t done a lot to the house since we moved in as it hasn’t needed much doing. Obviously I’ve done some painting and decorating but nothing beyond that.
“I would have to say that the best selling point of house – apart from its privacy and the location near Saltwell Park – is it’s spacious and absolutely brilliant for bringing up teenage children in.
“That’s because of the rooms and because they can just go upstairs, go into the family room, do their own thing with friends and we can escape from each other”
Jan loved her house the minute she saw it but wants to downsize now that children John, 25, a physiotherapist, and Eleni, 23, who is studying law at Manchester University, have left home.
Because husband Photis works abroad so often as a marine engineer, it is often just Jan and the dogs at home. Consequently she is looking for a bungalow in the Fatfield or Darras Hall areas.
“I still love living here but it really is too large for me now,” said Jan.
- 39 Heathfield Place, Low Fell, Gateshead, is for sale at £670,000 from Jan Forster, tel: 0191 487 0800.