At £1m, is this the most expensive semi in Norwich?
Is it the most expensive semi in the city? Property editor Caroline Culot went to visit 34, Cotman Road, for sale for a guide price of £1 million with Jackson-Stops.
It says something about house prices in the city when a semi detached house goes on the market for £1 million that's not in the Golden Triangle - but when you see the house in question, you can see why it commands that price tag.
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But whatever the national doom and gloom merchants are saying regarding house prices, Norwich seems fairly insulated against the kinds of corrections predicted for London and we are still enjoying a buoyant market - just there is less of it, with fewer properties on the market.
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I honestly absolutely loved this house - it is situated in a glorious elevated position on Cotman Road which winds up parallel with the Thorpe Road so you can walk to the railway station and, give yourself enough time, into the city. But it's the house which just appealed to me with its very high ceilings, its painted white floorboards and period features like the shutters on the sashes giving it a feel of a large villa, yet modern touches too. The house dates to 1861, so classically Victorian and has so much going for it. Owned by a designer, the interiors reflect her creativity, particularly the converted top floor which boasts the most impressive bedroom and en suite.
Slim copper pipes have been used so cleverly to create a hand-rail and you come up into a huge room with a large bed, white floorboards and a contemporary shower room. There's even a hatch in the floor to enable you to bring large items of furniture up. But everything is stylish in this house - I loved the positioning of the bed directly centre, under the white painted trusses and supports with a retro bed side table full of orange spine Penguin classics.
The entire house is a real treat though - the drawing room boasts the original, decorative brass door plates which match the wind up bell by the fireplace and indeed there is an original set of servant's bells in the kitchen. The kitchen has been opened up and boasts the most enormous marble worksurface and units with a bespoke copper inlay and there is an eccleastical shaped window in between the kitchen and dining room which has a massive marble fireplace.
Also downstairs is a sitting room, currently used as a study and cloakroom. Up the cantilevered staircase brings you to the master bedroom with an original fireplace, en suite shower room and three further double bedrooms on this floor. I loved the family bathroom which has a single ended slipper bath in emerald green just fitting into the modest space with candles around it. Outside, you have a really interesting garden on many levels including a tiered area with raised sleeper vegetable beds and at the rear a patio area. What this house offers is a real ecelctic mix of glamour, creativity and period detail.
You can contact Jackson-Stops on 01603 612333. www.jackson-stops.co.uk