South View, Stockton-on-Tees, Tyne and Wear, TS16

£599,000

Guide price

  • Bedrooms: 6
South View has been a wonderful home but now the family has moved south. Its modern, low maintenance design is warm and welcoming with gas central heating throughout. Its three floors are spacious with a kitchen/breakfast room, 3 reception rooms, a study, 6 bedrooms, and 4 bathrooms.

We all used to stroll to Yarm High street for a coffee, shopping, or a few drinks with a meal – no need to worry about drink-driving. When the children were young they were sheltered at the end of a private cul-de-sac with electric gates. As they grew, they could walk to any of the great schools in the Yarm area. For working parents, Durham Tees Airport and Grand Central trains to London are less than 10 minutes away by taxi.

Ground Floor

The kitchen/breakfast room was the heart of our home. People would pop in and out, eat, chat and watch TV. At Xmas we'd use both ovens and the multiple hobs before we all spread around the work surfaces distributing food onto plates before it went cold. This room was, of course, the focal point for parties.

At Xmas and when entertaining, the food would be eaten on our large oval table in the dining room which would comfortably seat 10. In summer we'd open the French doors so that BBQ dishes could be served from the table. During one memorable James Bond Party the room was converted into a “Casino” with blackjack and roulette tables.

The sitting room is where we snuggled up to watch a film, listen to music, or relax with friends. We loved our designer Dru fire. Pressing a button and watching the flames burst into life was one of life's great joys.

We used the family room for music. Our daughter practised on the piano and various instruments were scattered around the shelves. When there was a crowd visiting, they could spill through the double doors from the sitting room.

One of our favourite rooms was the study where we could sit at the computer with plenty of desk space and storage close to hand. For those quiet moments of reflection, there's a good view of birds flitting around the hedge in front of the house.

Linking all of these rooms is the reception hall which has an adjacent washroom. There's plenty of space to shed coats and shoes in winter. The huge cupboard under the stairs housed Xmas decorations, old school files and much more. There's more storage space under the eaves and in the loft but we've never used it.

The side door to the property conveniently enters the utility room so it's quick to carry clothes to the washing line.

First and Second Floors

The main bedroom is huge with top-of-the-range Sliderobes cupboards and a walk-in wardrobe that we use for skiing and outdoor gear. The en-suite bathroom is a private haven for relaxing in the bath. A door gives access to a balcony that overlooks the back garden. We sometimes leaned on the railing watching squirrels in the trees.

When we purchased South View each child had to decide whether they wanted to claim the en-suite bedroom on the first floor or one of the second floor rooms. All are large with plenty of room for double beds. A tricky decision - do I have my own shower room or do I go for the splendid isolation of those rooms at the top of the curving staircase and share a shower room?

Guests stayed in the other double bedroom and the single bedroom on the first floor. They had the largest bathroom in the house to themselves.

In summer we opened the French doors to the large open landing to allow air to flow through the house.

Outside

Our huge garage comfortably housed 2 cars with plenty of room remaining for storage and workbenches. The paved area in front of the garage could accommodate another 4 cars unless the children had claimed it for ball games.

The garden was perfect for us. Large enough for a game of badminton and BBQ s but not so large that it required a lot of maintenance. We built the patio in a corner that sees sun from late morning until sunset. Our three mature Scots Pines remind us of walks in Scotland and were visited by woodpeckers every Spring. Sadly the nest boxes haven't yet attracted the sparrows. Our shed and bins were tucked away in a discrete spot to the side of the house. We stored our kayaks behind the garage and carried them to the river when we wanted to explore the Tees and its tributary the Leven.

We hope the next family can enjoy South View as much as we've done for the last 12 years.

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