This home im­presses – even in Bears­den!

Nes­tled in the heart of Bears­den, this im­pres­sive three-storey Ed­war­dian villa pro­vides sub­lime sur­round­ings for all ages

The Herald - Scotland's Homes - - News - Ann Wal­lace

ASTRIKING fam­ily home which blends in­tri­cate pe­riod de­tail­ing with stylish, mod­ern com­forts, is this week’s Hot Prop­erty. Num­ber 31 North Ersk­ine Park is a semi-de­tached, three-storey Ed­war­dian villa lo­cated in the res­i­den­tial hotspot of Bears­den, north of Glas­gow. Sit­u­ated in large gar­dens at the cor­ner of North Ersk­ine Park and Thorn Drive, it has been home to Sean Har­ris and his fam­ily for 12 years. “We re­ally liked the house when we first saw it – we had been liv­ing in the west end, then the kids came along and we wanted some­where out of the city, more of a fam­ily home,” ex­plains Sean. “Bears­den re­ally ap­pealed to us and it has been a fan­tas­tic place to live. “But now our sons, who are 11 and 13, will both be at the same high school in the west end, and as most of our lives will be spent in the west end, we have de­cided to move back.” He adds: “We missed the buzz of the place, so while it will be sad to leave this house, we are look­ing for­ward to the move too.” The house needed a “bit of work” when the Har­ris fam­ily moved in, as Sean ex­plains. “It was a bit hig­gledy pig­gledy, so we re­ally did re­model it – adding an ex­ten­sion, chang­ing the lay­out of rooms, tak­ing down walls and so on,” he says.

“It was what I’d call a tra­di­tional lay­out, I sup­pose, based on how we all used to live, with smaller, sep­a­rate rooms.

“Nowa­days, peo­ple live dif­fer­ently – rooms are open plan, for ex­am­ple, we en­ter­tain more at home, we pay a lot more at­ten­tion to in­te­ri­ors and how our home looks and feels.”

The ground floor in­cludes a re­cep­tion vestibule and a wel­com­ing hall­way fea­tur­ing de­tailed leaded glass and fire­place, with warm oak floor­ing and use­ful stor­age un­der­neath the stair­case.

The large lounge has been

It’s a great place to stay and we have en­joyed be­ing here, get­ting the chance to re­model this house

taste­fully dec­o­rated and fea­tures a beau­ti­ful pe­riod fire­place and sur­round along with or­nate cor­nic­ing.

“The views from this room are fan­tas­tic,” says Sean. “The bay win­dow looks out over the sur­round­ing district and you can see Schaw House, the big ‘Dis­ney­land cas­tle-style’ build­ing that used to be the old hos­pi­tal in Bears­den.”

As well as cre­at­ing a side ex­ten­sion, cur­rently home to the of­fice and fam­ily TV room, which leads on to deck­ing, the work in­cluded open­ing the small kitchen up into a brighter, more spa­cious liv­ing and din­ing room.

This is the hub of the home, Sean says, with strik­ing ex­posed brick walls and a range cooker adding to its charm, and the use­ful ad­di­tion of an ad­ja­cent util­ity room, WC and pantry.

“This is our favourite part of the house – hav­ing a big kitchen with space to sit and re­lax too is a big thing for us,” says Sean.

“We also wanted to brighten up the house – the hall­way for ex­am­ple, was very dark, so we painted it white to make it much more wel­com­ing.”

Sean adds: “We also added a dormer win­dow up­stairs on the third storey and cre­ated a self­con­tained area with a dou­ble bed­room, bath­room and stor­age room. It’s a great, flex­i­ble space, which would be ideal for a teenager, for ex­am­ple.”

The first floor ac­com­mo­da­tion com­prises four com­fort­able bed­rooms – both the master and sec­ond bed­rooms have fea­ture fire­places and there is a dual as­pect, at­trac­tive fam­ily bath­room – and a stair­case leads to the afore­men­tioned at­tic level.

De­spite the ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tions, par­tic­u­lar care and at­ten­tion has been paid to the orig­i­nal Ed­war­dian fea­tures of the house.

In fact, the whole house suc­cess­fully man­ages to com­bine the tra­di­tional with the con­tem­po­rary, to great ef­fect.

The ex­ten­sion and re-tiled roof have been sym­pa­thet­i­cally built to blend with the orig­i­nal house, while the re­ten­tion of the stained glass win­dows, plan­ta­tion style shut­ters and de­tailed car­pen­try all sit hap­pily be­side the mod­ern kitchen, bath­rooms and taste­ful dé­cor.

The lo­ca­tion is per­fect too - North Ersk­ine Park is one of Bears­den’s most highly re­garded streets for fam­i­lies look­ing for good lo­cal schools, pretty sur­round­ings and easy ac­cess to the shops, restau­rants and other fa­cil­i­ties of bustling Bears­den Cross.

Hill­foot and Bears­den rail­way sta­tions pro­vide reg­u­lar ser­vices to Glas­gow, and the city cen­tre is a 20-minute drive away. There are plenty of ten­nis, bowl­ing, golf and health club fa­cil­i­ties nearby.

Sean says: “It’s a great place to stay and we have en­joyed be­ing here, get­ting the chance to re­model this house – the one we are mov­ing to will also present the same kind of chal­lenges, so we are look­ing for­ward to do­ing it again!

“It is im­por­tant to us not to change too many of the tra­di­tional fea­tures, as they are all part of the his­tory of the house.”

HIS­TORY: De­spite ex­ten­sive work, the prop­erty re­tains many of its pe­riod fea­tures

HUB: The kitchen has been the heart of the home for the Har­ris fam­ily.

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