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Bankview, 57 St Leonards Road, Forres IV36 1DW
£345,000 Offers Over - Sold
- Lovely stone character house
- 3 bedrooms + 2 reception rooms
- Mature, enclosed gardens with fruit trees
- Superb location within walking distance of most amenities
- Lovely move-in condition
Property SummaryLocated on arguably one of the most desirable streets in Forres, Bankview is a beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 reception room detached, stone, character home. With a large garden backing onto Cluny Hill and within walking distance of all amenities, schools, parks and shops, this lovely home, in move-in condition, would make a wonderful family home for a wide variety of families. Lots of original features including wooden doors, fireplaces, picture rails and cornicing.
Entering the house through a wooden front door with a stain glass window into a large, bright front room, with a door leading to the main hall.
Front Family Room/Dining Room (5.9m x 3.3m)
A wonderfully bright, dual-aspect front room, with wall-to-wall windows to two walls, that could be used for a variety of purposes including a playroom, dining room, studio or sunroom. With a door leading into the main hallway it may be possible to use this room for business purposes.
Painted in a modern slate blue/grey, with spotlights to the ceiling, wall lights and light wooden flooring, the front room is beautiful. Ample space to store outdoor clothing and shoes with wall-mounted coat hooks. A glass panel door leads to the hall and allows natural light to stream through.
A lovely character L-shaped hallway with wood panel doors leading to the sitting room, bathroom, downstairs suite and utility room/pantry. Reclaimed wood floorboards provide character. The L-shaped staircase is carpeted with feature wooden balustrades and a low window to the rear garden.
Formal Sitting room (3.8m x 5.8m)
This elegant, formal sitting room has wooden sash-and-case windows in a square bay, with panelling around, looking to the side garden. The picture rail, cornicing and wood burning stove, with a cast iron fireplace on a Caithness slate hearth and wooden mantelpiece, provide wonderful features. A wooden alcove with shelves and display doors sits to the side of the fireplace with a further deep alcove to the side wall. Wooden floors. Curtains and curtain rail.
Downstairs Bedroom (3.2m x 3.8m)
A spacious, bright, double bedroom to the front of the house with modern sash-and-case wooden windows to the front and an additional Velux window in the ceiling. A large freestanding wardrobe, with sliding mirrored doors, provides substantial hanging and shelf space. Carpet. Blinds.
Shower room (2.0m x 2.4m)
With a modern white, 2-piece suite (WC with hidden cistern, and WHB inset to a bathroom cabinet with a cupboard above with mirror) and a separate shower enclosure with a mains shower. An alcove houses cupboards and shelves providing superb storage. Heated towel rail. Tile floor. An opaque glazed wooden door provides natural light from the hall. Adjacent to the downstairs bedroom, it may be possible to install a door to the hall that would enable this to be an ensuite to the bedroom.
Bathroom (1.5m x 2.2m)
A cute “cottage” bathroom with a 3-piece suite comprising bath, with wooden side panelling, wall-mounted wash hand basin, and WC. Wet wall backsplash to the bath and basin with a wall-mounted mirror and light above. Heated towel rail. A large window, with blind, to the side allows natural light and ventilation.
Pantry/Utility room (1.5m x 2.96m)
Now an essential attribute for every home – a pantry/utility room! Plumbing for washing machine and space for a tumble drier beneath a countertop providing an out-of-the-way space for folding clothes. Ceiling mounted pulley for drying clothes. Wall-mounted shelves run along two walls with large, box shelves to the 3rd wall. A deep cupboard houses the gas central heating boiler and the hot water tank. A glazed door opens to the hallway and a step up leads to the kitchen.
Kitchen (3.4m x 3.0m)
A lovely, bright kitchen to the rear of the house with a glazed door to the back garden and a large window allowing light to stream in. Painted in pastel colours with a wide range of white upper and lower cabinets, with under-cabinet lighting, contrasting with the wooden countertop and light-coloured floor. A kitchen table folds down from the wall to provide a handy dining area. Space for fridge freezer and dishwasher. A one-and-a-half bowl sink with mixer tap sits beneath the window to the garden. Integrated gas hob, oven and extractor fan. White tile backsplash. Blinds.
A carpeted, U-shaped staircase with wooden balustrades leads to the upper floor. On the turn of the stairs there is a sash-and-case window with stained glass panels allowing natural light. In front of you, at the top of the stairs, the open space has been creatively used to provide an office space, with a fitted, curved desk with a window looking out over the back garden.
Bedroom 1 (5.6m x 3.1m)
This lovely bedroom has a wonderful “cottage” feel, with a feature cast iron fireplace with tile surround and a wooden mantlepiece with spotlights above. A wooden sash-and-case window is set into the square bay at the gable end. Fitted wardrobe. Carpet. Curtains and curtain rail. Blinds.
Bedroom 2 (3.0m x 3.8m)
A bright, double bedroom with a dormer window looking out across St. Leonards Road towards Braeback. Carpet. Curtains and curtain rail. Access hatch to attic.
The gardens of Bankview are lovely, stretching from the house up to a wall that borders Cluny Hill. With a large area of grass they are perfect for sitting out or children playing in a secure environment. The gardens they have been landscaped to be easily maintained with substantial lawn areas and well contained raised vegetable beds and borders. Multiple productive fruit trees. To the rear there is an area of decking, perfect for sitting out on a summer evening and enjoying the colours and tranquillity of Cluny Hill. To the front there are electric, double, wooden gates to St.Leonards Road which provide access to a driveway with parking for 2 cars.
Immediately behind the house there is a long woodshed that could also provide storage for bikes or outdoor toys. There are two further wooden garden sheds.
Bankview sits on one of the most prestigious streets in Forres with most amenities within a few minutes’ walk. To the rear is Cluny Hill and to the front, a path leads over to Sanquhar Pond and Chapelton. Applegrove, Andersons and Drumduan primary schools and Forres Academy and Drumduan secondary schools are within easy walking. Forres High Street, a thriving high street with butchers, bakers, pubs, cafes and various other shops is within a few minutes’ walk as are the squash courts, library, tennis courts and swimming pool.