For almost 80 years, aspiring dance stars waltzed their way through this imposing Victorian property in North Shields.
And when the stunning mid-terrace came on to the market 11 years ago, Shameem and Marianne Ibrahim jumped at the chance to buy it.
So much so, they hadn’t even set foot inside the property before signing on the dotted line.
Shameem said: “The property was built by a ship owner in 1877, and had been a dance studio since 1926. It has most recently been the Maureen Slater School of Dance.
“We bought the house but we’d never actually been in it. We had put an offer in on a place in Jesmond, and we saw this property advertised in the paper.
“It was half the price, but it was sold. About two weeks later we had a call from the agent to say it was back on the market and we completed the sale within a month.”
The couple embarked on a nine-month renovation project to turn the former dance studio into a family home.
“There was quite a lot of work to do,” said Shameem. “The property needed gutting from the roof tiles to the walls, ceilings, heating, and rewiring. Everything needed doing.
“A few of the rooms had been knocked into one, so we reinstated the two rooms on each floor.”
They were pleasantly surprised to discover that most of the property’s original features were in tact.
“We were quite shocked that most of the original features were still there, including ceiling roses, cornicing, period etched glass, and fireplaces. We hadn’t really thought about it to be honest, but it’s one of the main features of the house.”
Set over three floors, the six
bedroomed property provides the perfect family space
Blending the traditional features with contemporary touches like underfloor heating, it provides a great blend of old and new.
There is a reception hall with original doors and decorative features. This leads to a formal reception room with original fireplace and solid maple flooring, and second reception room with French doors. There is also a garden room with solid wood flooring.
The dining kitchen forms the hub of the home. Features include hand made solid oak units with granite work surfaces.
Shameem said: “The kitchen is my favourite part of the house and where we spend most of our time as a family. I like to do a bit of cooking. It’s the hub of the house.”
On the first floor there are four bedrooms, one with en suite shower room, and bathroom with rolltop bath. The second floor includes two further bedrooms and shower room.
Just a short walk from North Shields town centre, the property enjoys a convenient location within a quiet conservation area.
“It’s a quiet street but we’re only a mile away from Tynemouth and the beach. And we’re only about three minutes walk from the town centre,” said Shameem.
The property has a large front garden and rear yard. As well as a sense of history inside, the outside also has real character, including a 150-year -old tree.
The couple have raised their two daughters in the property, and Sufieh, aged 12 and Henna, 10, are reluctant to leave.
“They’ve loved this house and there’s been a bit of tug-of-war about moving,” said Shameem.
The family are moving to be closer to the children’s school in Jesmond.
Shameem said: “We’ve been very very happy here. It’s a tug-of-war for us too. We’ll be upset to leave but it’s been 11 years and it might be time to move to another property that we might grow to love just as much.”
- 43 Alma Place, North Shields, is for sale through Pattinson at £419,950, tel: 0191 296 0696.