Two top trios for a sunny autumn Friday afternoon! Here’s our top three Victorian new instructions picks for this week, along with a treble of of sales we’ve agreed before the weekend. We’ve also been busy researching our clients properties and have found some interesting snippets of Oldfield Park history for each new property. For more details or to book viewings, do call us on 01225 466525
Burnham Road – £325,000
Rear extended to 901sqft, packed with retained features and enjoying a 45ft x 15ft west facing garden – this two/three bedroom mid Victorian two storey terrace is not only immaculately turned out but also quietly tucked away off the Lower Bristol Rd in a cul de sac handy for Weston Lock amenities and the Linear Park. Ground floor houses two original receptions, bathroom and a gloriously light full width open plan family kitchen space. Upstairs, the original front bedroom has been split into two single bedrooms to go alongside a generous rear double bedroom. Four fine fireplaces, exposed floorboards and plasterwork meld seamlessly with modern conveniences like double glazing and gas central heating. A very fine home indeed. Sole Agents
Dating from 1866, this side of Burnham Road was the first housing to be built on the road and originally named as Burnham Terrace. Numbered from the railway to the Lower Bristol Rd, this house was No5. Even up to the late 1880s, this part of Bath was relatively sparsely populated with housing – Burnham Terrace backed onto Albert Terrace and what we now know as Argyle Terrace had three separate names (Argyle Terrace, Victoria Terrace and Bloomfield Place). These terraces, together with Vernon Terrace and Railway Buildings (where Bathwick Tyres is now) were all that stood on the south side of the Lower Bristol Rd between the city boundary at Brook Road and Twerton village.
By 1876, residents in this portion of the terrace were;
3 Henry Owen (millwright), 4 Emanuel Lee (carpet weaver), 5 Charles Martin (plasterer), 5a H. Barnard (GWR policeman) 6 Walter Latcher (blacksmith), 7 Edward Biffen (schoolmaster at Bath Gaol)
Lower Oldfield Park – £150,000
Ideally placed for city amenities, this straightforward and simple one bedroom raised ground floor apartment will no doubt be popular with first time buyers and investors alike. Offering 279sqft of space, with high ceilings and double glazing. Sitting room with kitchen area, hall, double bedroom and shower room. Residential management company, long lease and sensible management charges. Convenient for Moorland Rd shopping, Sainsburys Green Park and only a 0.9mile walk to the Guildhall in the centre of town. Offered with no onward chain. Sole Agents.
The houses on what is now Lower Oldfield Park are listed in Bath directories from 1882 – the address at the time was just “Oldfield Park” and covered what is now both Upper and Lower Oldfield Park. These large Victorian villas were originally named rather than numbered, with examples being Carisbrook Villas, Drakeloe, Dawlish Villas, Starcross Villas and Queen Villas.
This property was named as Harben Villa and the first owner was Samuel Williams Jenkin, a superintendent of agents for the Prudential Assurance Company. The name of the villa is no coincidence given the first owners profession – Sir Henry Harben was a British pioneer of industrial life assurance who became the accountant then the resident director of the Prudential in 1852 and 1873 respectively and remained connected to the company for over sixty years.
Dartmouth Avenue – £295,000
This Edwardian 911sqft two storey terrace is ideally placed for Brickfields green spaces, Two Tunnels walks and Moorland Rd shopping. Offered with no chain, the house has a classic layout of two double bedrooms, two receptions, first floor bathroom, kitchen and utility/lean to. Outside to the rear, the southeast facing 27ft x 17 garden is low maintenance and enclosed. Updating suggested in places to reach top potential but this is a functional and spacious character home with GCH in situ. Unrestricted on street parking. Sole Agents
Once called Bath Lane (when Lymore Avenue was Limer Lane), Dartmouth Avenue as we know it took decades to build. By 1911, just 34 houses are listed in occupation records and, unusually for the area, the numbers are not simply sequential. Six homes broke the sequence – 7a, 8a, 9a, 10a, 12a and 13a – but even this was a random arrangement as there is a No11 but no No11a. The occupations of the residents at that time included six labourers (likely to have worked at the brickworks at the end of the road), two masons, three GWR workers and a gamekeeper.
SSTC by Madison Oakley
Durley Park – SSTC within 24hrs of starting viewings
Widcombe Parade – SSTC after 12 viewings in 72hrs and multiple offers received
Claude Terrace – SSTC on first viewing