This home impresses – even in Bearsden!
Nestled in the heart of Bearsden, this impressive three-storey Edwardian villa provides sublime surroundings for all ages
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.