Past perfect – home on Headingley terrace restored
The inside story
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.