Past per­fect – home on Head­in­g­ley terrace re­stored

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Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY NEWS -

Wood­bine Ter­ace, Head­in­g­ley, Leeds. Price: £695,000.

IT’S RENOWNED for be­ing one of Leeds’s most eye-catch­ing streets and was once home to a fa­mous son of the city. It has even been the sub­ject of a book called Re­spectable Terrace – chron­i­cling its history and ar­chi­tec­ture.

Now a new chap­ter is set to be writ­ten in the 149-year-old life of Wood­bine Terrace, which is in the Head­in­g­ley Con­ser­va­tion Area. Num­ber 14, the big­gest prop­erty on the street, is up for sale fol­low­ing a ma­jor restora­tion.

The seven-bed­roomed, listed build­ing was de­vel­oped by James Wood, who also helped to build Leeds Grand Theatre and the city’s Mu­nic­i­pal Build­ings.

AA­mong the street’s early res­i­dents was John Dyson, the well-known Leeds watch­maker and jew­eller, whose shop in Brig­gate be­came a city land­mark, not least be­cause of its gi­ant clock, un­der which many a lovers’ meet­ing was ar­ranged.

This prop­erty has the feel of a spa­cious coun­try house and sits at the end of a hand­some row of ter­races full of char­ac­ter – with a Vic­to­rian com­mu­nal gar­den, once de­scribed as be­ing like a ‘pri­vate park’, a real fo­cal point for the four­teen prop­er­ties that share it,” says Castlehill di­rec­tor Si­mon Ket­ter­ing­ham.

The restora­tion of the pe­riod home has been a labour of love for ven­dor Oliver Gwin­nell who bought it at auc­tion in 2012: “It had been un­oc­cu­pied for a pe­riod of time and left to fade. When we first viewed the prop­erty we were in­spired and ex­cited about cre­at­ing the home that it could be­come.

All it needed was some muchde­served TLC and imag­i­na­tion.

Num­ber 14 is the dou­ble­fronted, end terrace on the street. The owner has re­stored the pe­riod fea­tures and added mod­ern com­forts, such as in­su­la­tion and a new heat­ing sys­tem.

The orig­i­nal sash win­dows were re­paired, re-weighted and then re-glazed with her­itage dou­ble glaz­ing.

The house has a hall, sit­ting room, break­fast kitchen, fam­ily room, din­ing room, seven bed­rooms and four bath­rooms and the lower ground floor can be used as a self-con­tained flat.

To the front of the prop­erty is an el­e­vated terrace with views over the com­mu­nal gar­dens that have been de­scribed as “a pri­vate park”. To the rear is a an en­closed court­yard of­fer­ing park­ing for two cars and a de­tached stone built garage.

Con­tact: Cas­tle Hill Prop­er­ties, tel: 0113 278 7427 www.castlehill.co.uk.

RE­STORED: The big­gest house on one of the best streets in Head­in­g­ley’s con­ser­va­tion area is up for sale.

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