Seaside chic: Scarborough home with character and coastal views
St Mary’s Walk, Scarborough. Price: £235,000. Contact: Hunters: tel: 01723 371468, www.huntersnet.co.uk PURSUING a passion for property renovation has brought Susan Silver a string of interesting homes from old chapels to barn conversions.
Now she has retired from her day job in the south and moved back to her native Yorkshire, she has dedicated more time to her favourite hobby. The result is this pretty cottage-style home in Scarborough, which has benefited from a full makeover.
Part of a converted school, it is full of characterful beams and wood floors. It also boasts stunning views over the South Bay and the harbour.
“I prefer properties that are a bit different and I really liked this building and its location,” says Susan. “The interior wasn’t looking as I wanted it to but that wasn’t a problem for me.”
She has upgraded the central heating system, installed a new lighting scheme and decorated throughout. The furniture and furnishings are a mix of new and vintage with some great finds from local auctions, including Duggleby’s.
“In the past I’ve sold properties lock, stock and barrel, so the furniture can be available by separate negotiation if someone wants it,” says Susan.
The property, which is in the Old Town, is set over four floors. It has a hall, sitting room/ study with stove, and a kitchen and boiler room on the ground floor. On the first floor, there is a dining area and cloakroom. On the second floor, there are two bedrooms and a period-style bathroom. On the top floor, there is a large third bedroom/second sitting room with wood burning stove and French doors leading onto a galleried balcony with breath taking sea views.
Susan is selling the house to move to a larger property with a garden. “I now have a Bedlington terrier and although the terrace is lovely, I need a garden for the dog,” she says.
Her second home, an apartment on The Esplanade in Scarborough, is also on the market for £229,950, and is available through Four Walls or
I prefer properties that are a bit different and I really liked this building and its location.
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It has a breakfast kitchen, spacious sitting room, two double bedrooms, two bathrooms and a second floor balcony with magnificent views of the sea.
Scarborough is the largest resort on the Yorkshire coast. It attracts legions of day trippers and holiday makers, but it is also becoming a magnet for surfers, artists, makers and writers.
The ability to work from home thanks to the internet, amenities such as the Stephen Joseph Theatre and the stunning seaside scenery are all part of the attraction for creatives. Surfers have also discovered the area and there is now a surf school at Cayton Bay.
House prices are around 20 per cent cheaper than fashionable Whitby. You can buy a one bedroom flat from around £55,000 and some even have sea views.