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Aptly named, Sunnyside is a period villa in Selkirk that combines space and light in a beautiful garden setting
Buying a house is generally the single most expensive investment most people make, yet when it comes down to it, the deciding factor is often nothing more than a feeling . . . which was very much the case for Dr Andrew Duncan and his wife Maureen when they first set eyes on their Victorian home in Selkirk 17 years ago. “Everything about it felt right,” says Dr Duncan. “Slightly elevated and set well back from the road, the house faces south west, which gives it a sunny aspect – hence the name – and an abundance of natural light. The size and layout also impressed us. It just felt like a proper house with everything where it should be.”
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Sunnyside, Scott Place, Selkirk
Dating from around 1870, its distinctive architectural style is perhaps not typical of the Victorian era, but behind its white-painted harled facade are beautifully proportioned rooms with high ceilings and many fine original features, including sash and case windows with wooden shutters, coving, period fireplace and original wood flooring. The location is also ideal for a family home; quiet yet also very central for walking to schools and the town centre – and the gardens are a delight, mainly south -facing and fully enclosed by trees and hedging, while the sizeable rear garden benefits from an open outlook and includes fruit trees, vegetable garden, lawn, patio and barbecue area.
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The Duncans lost no time in making their mark and as sunlight had been a motivating factor in buying the property, one of the first things they did was to open up one side of the house to extend the light the full length to create a wonderfully spacious open-plan living/dining/kitchen that forms the hub of this family home.
They also turned the fifth bedroom into a fully fitted en suite dressing room off the master bedroom, although it could still be a bedroom if required. Another of this home’s key attractions is the glazed sunroom/entrance at the front of the house; glazed on three sides and with lovely views across the front garden, it offers space for seating plus storage.
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“Slightly elevated and set well back from the road, the house faces south west, which gives it a sunny aspect – hence the name The sunroom then opens into a charming porch and hallway with the original wood flooring and attractive period staircase on show. In addition to the 30ft long living/dining/kitchen, the ground floor layout also has a formal lounge with feature open fireplace and window shutters. From here a connecting door opens into a rearfacing room currently used as an office/study but which could also be a formal dining room (also accessible from the hall). Beyond, a rear hall continues to a good-sized utility/laundry room with an external door to the garden, shower room fitted with walk-in power shower, and three built-in storage cupboards. Upstairs off the first floor landing are four large double bedrooms – all almost identical in size while the front-facing principal room has the en suite dressing room – plus bathroom (in traditional style with freestanding roll-top bath, original wood floor and wood-panelled walls) and a more contemporary fully tiled shower room with under -floor heating, walk-in shower and vanity basin.
– and an abundance of natural light. The size and layout also impressed us. It just felt like a proper house with everything where it should be.”
Tastefully decorated and attractively presented throughout, Sunnyside is an enviable family home in a garden setting that offers its new owners considerable scope to extend or develop it further.
Distinctive Architectural Style