PROPERTY of the WEEK: Home for half a century
IT'S all about size and location in this spacious detached three-bedroom property built by the last owner's uncle, one of the partners of a local building firm called Shears & Vickery in approximately 1963.
Merrivale is situated on a corner plot on the southern edge of Brixham and has had the same owners for the last 50 years. The gentleman of the house was a keen photographer so installed a dark room in the loft and raised money for Guide Dogs for the Blind from photographic shows he organised.
The bungalow is just over a mile from the centre of town and within reasonable walking distance of amenities at St Mary's Square with St Mary's Park nearby.
A bus service linking the town centre and Kingswear runs along Milton Street. The beach at St Mary's Bay is approximately half a mile away and pleasant country walks can be enjoyed from Chiseldon Hill, which is just around the corner.
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The property is accessed via a driveway with off-road parking for at least two cars.
The front garden comprises low maintenance borders, filled with a variety of shrubs. A gate leads to the side of the bungalow which has a patio area with barbecue and raised shrub borders. This area enjoys a good degree of privacy and the morning sun.
A glazed timber front door leads in to the hall of the property which offers spacious living including three bedrooms and three reception rooms.
The hall has a useful built-in shelved cupboard with twin bi-fold doors and an airing cupboard with factory lagged hot water cylinder, immersion heater and slatted shelving, with cupboard above. There is also a hatch to the loft from here.
Doors off the hall lead to the lounge 16'5" x 11'10". This is a light, bright room with front aspect window enjoying a sunny southerly aspect. It has a chimney breast with coal-effect gas fire and backboiler, set on a tiled hearth with a stone effect surround and timber mantel.
There is a hatch to the dining room and the main rooms have traditional features including dado rails and coved ceilings.
The dining room 10'9" x 11'9" has French doors to the conservatory 8'8" x 7'9", with a door leading to the rear garden.
The kitchen 8'3" x 18'9" split with a central arch is fitted with a range of wall and floor cupboards comprising varnished pine panelled doors and brass effect handles.
It has tiled working surfaces and inset stainless steel single drainer sink unit with hot and cold mixer tap, inset gas hob with filter hood over and built-in double electric oven.
There is plumbing for a dishwasher and space for a fridge and freezer, a built-in broom cupboard with gas meter and window overlooking the rear and side. A door leads into a side porch, 3'7" x 12'0", with plumbing for a washing machine and a door to the side garden. There is access from the kitchen to a useful study room 8'3" x 9'0". This is a dual aspect room with windows to both side and front.
A shower room, 6'3" x 5'4" with tiled walls and floor is fitted with a double shower cubicle and mains shower, white wash basin, cupboard unit with mirror and shaving point above. There is a separate wc with low-level suite.
Radiators are fitted throughout the property.
Bedroom one 11'9" x 11'10", has two built-in double wardrobes and cupboards above the bed, with concealed lighting and front aspect window.
The second bedroom 11'9" x 8'10" has a window overlooking the rear garden and a pair of built-in double wardrobes with hanging space, shelving and cupboards above.
Bedroom three, 8'6" x 8'9" has a side aspect window, built-in double wardrobe with shelving and cupboards above, wall light and mirror.
Loft rooms are accessed via a ladder from the hall, 9'10" x 11'5" into the eaves with a skylight. There is also access to boarded loft space and the photographic dark room with sink 7'6" x 6'3".
To the rear of the property, the garden is divided between patio and lawn. There is a raised shrub border, vegetable patch, small raised pond and a pergola and plenty to keep a keen gardener or DIY enthusiast amused with a greenhouse and small timber tool shed plus a timber workshop 9'4" x 14'4", with workbenches, shelving, cupboards, three windows, light and power.
There is a productive sweet chestnut tree that has been crowned and a high pair of timber gates give access to Chiseldon Hill.
Merrivale is on the market with Churchills (01803 882671) at an asking price of £229,950. Don't miss the open house on Saturday March 16 between 10am and 11am. Postcode for satnav TQ5 9QT.