It's a house for all seasons and Joanne Pointon and her family have enjoyed moving around their spacious property to take full advantage of the changes of the year, as she explained.
“We’ve lived here for 13 years and after living in a modern, new-build house, I was attracted to this because it was Edwardian.
“In the winter I like being in the front room with the coal fire on and I have to say that at Christmas the dining room comes into its own. It’s a lovely house for that season with an open fire in the front room, very snug.
“In the summer my favourite place would be the day room because you can see the beautiful garden.”
Spring and autumn can also be enjoyed in the private side garden, which has lawn, flower, tree and shrub borders and hedged and walled boundaries, and the extensive rear garden, similar in style to the side garden but with a raised patio sitting area. Both are reached via wrought-iron gates.
The property has the potential, subject to planning permission, for a separate dwelling to be built within the grounds.
The previous owners were keen gardeners and Joanne has kept up their green-fingered efforts with the help of a gardener. The house is on a corner plot and has a solid wood “around-the-corner” double garage and paved off-road parking for up to four cars.
Built right at the end of the elegant Edwardian era, in 1911, the house has a host of charming and original period features, plus a beautiful big hallway.
Joanne said: “We’ve got stained glass, original ceiling roses, deep skirting boards and the coal fire in the front room with a Minster fireplace plus an original fireplace in the dining room which has a gas fire in. The house has some quirky things in.”
The house impresses from the outset, being entered via an imposing solid wood double door with leaded stained glass inserts leading to the beautiful big hallway.
This has varnished stripped wood flooring, dado rail, picture rail, ceiling coving and staircase with banister and traditional stylish spindles.
There is also a rear hall with downstairs toilet.
Since moving in, Joanne has completely transformed the rear of the house which now has a huge kitchen/day room giving on to the back garden.
She said: “I’ve got an all-in-one kitchen come day room at the back of the house. There had been a kitchen and conservatory and I knocked that down and rebuilt a day room open to a new modern kitchen. It’s a huge back room which is a real feature of the house, it’s the only part of the house that modern and it’s really nice. It has an oak floor and is very modern.
“It was a huge job, the other work we’ve done has really just been decoration.”
The property’s location was another attraction. It is close to the small shops, including pub and hairdresser, in Monkseaton and handy for the Metro.
It is also just a 25-minute walk from the seafront and in a sought-after location literally seconds from Beverley Park Tennis Club where Joanne, her husband and their two schoolage children are members.
She said: “What attracted me was the spaciousness of the house, the uniqueness, it’s an old house, it’s got character. It’s a great family house and has a lot of happy memories.
“We can see the sea from the top floor of the house and this is a good area to live in, a community area.
“You can walk to the pub if you like and there are lots of nice eating areas you can go to. It’s a nice family home with a nice feel to it. There’s warmth attached to it.”
- 36 Beverley Road, Whitley Bay, is for sale at £699,950 from Signature, tel: 0191 251 3344.