Family home is close to nature
4:30pm Tuesday 29th January 2013
Branksome Drive, Nab Wood
William H Brown, Shipley
It wasn’t only the property that attracted the owners of this four-bedroom semi-detached bungalow in Nab Wood, with its over-sized tandem garage, ideal for a workshop – it was the larger-than-average garden, that was completely flat, with a secluded woodland at the rear which leads up towards Shipley Glen, along the river side, canal bank and the village of Saltaire.
“There’s nothing better than walking through the woods on our doorstep with our dogs, then on to your local pub for a pint and a pub lunch on a Sunday afternoon,” say the owners The owners came across the house after constantly looking in Homefinder and on websites. “We knew the gardens were really big and that is what we were looking for.”
On viewing the house, it pretty much ticked all of their boxes, and so five years ago the deal was done. The day after they moved in they opened their curtains in the morning to find a family of ducks had taken up residence on the driveway, together with the new owners. Sadly the ducks never returned, although they would have received a warm welcome.
Built between 1950 and 1960, the bungalow has seen every room in the house refurbished with new electrics and plumbing throughout, and a new central heating and alarm system installed.
The bungalow has been completely re-plastered and decorating. “All the floors are good-quality beech laminate – apart from the kitchen and bathroom, which have been tiled.
“We installed modern, white, high-gloss kitchen units with integrated appliances, and tiled it from top to bottom, like the bathroom, which also has white high-gloss vanity units with a large walk-in shower area.”
The loft area has been boarded with switched lighting, which makes it ideal for storage.
On the ground floor there is a reception hall, lounge with a lovely bay window and a modern wall-mounted electric fire, dining room, kitchen with electric oven and hob plus a built-in microwave. There is also a conservatory, two bedrooms and a shower room, with two further bedrooms on the first floor.
“Our favourite room is the conservatory, as we spend most of our time in there. It is very quiet, private and relaxing with lovely views over the woodland area.”
When they moved in, the garden was quite overgrown. “Fortunately that didn’t phase me as all as I renovate properties for a living.
“The driveway and side of the house has had new tarmac laid with good-quality concrete posts and fencing erected and automated digital electric gates installed.
“The rear of the property has a large block-paved area, a large gravelled area where there is a pergola, greenhouse and raised vegetable beds. Then, at the bottom of the garden is a large lawn with borders and a good selection of established plants.”
Undoubtedly, this is a property that would appeal to a broad cross-section of buyers. Beautifully presented throughout, it would appeal to keener gardeners, but it requires very little maintenance. It is also in a good location for public transport. “With its four bedrooms and large garden, it would suit a medium-sized family, or a retired or semi-retired family as two bedrooms are on the ground floor.
“The best thing about living here is the peace and quiet, and that is what we will miss the most. If it wasn’t for a new business venture, we wouldn’t even consider moving.”