VENDOR'S COMMENTS 88 Torr Lane is an instantly-recognisable property on the corner of two of Plymouth's most desirable residential roads. This recently modernised four-bedroom property has large rooms filled with light, secluded gardens and has easy access to local amenities and schools, the city centre and is only moments away from the main roads out of the city to the North, East and West.
"Wow." That's the first thing people say when they look at the house, and the first thing they say when they step inside it. The architecture is unique - dating from the 1930s, the designer broke from the mould of the houses of the day to build in a Georgian style with high ceilings and huge windows and thick, sound-absorbing walls. It's in an elevated position, overlooking Plymouth's rooftops and over to Cornwall, so it feels like being in a Manor House. Everyone in the area refers to it as the 'white house'.
But it was the light that most drew us in. Even in winter, it's bathed in natural light, bright and cheerful. It's the first house I haven't had to use a Seasonal Affective Disorder lamp because of the light. Because of the height of the house, there's a good breeze from the windows when you need it in Summer, and just drawing the curtains at night in Winter keeps it lovely and warm.
When we bought it in 2018, it was old and tired and desperately needed updating throughout. We anticipated it as our 'forever house' so completely reordered it and renovated it, created a light and modern family home which respected the period features and retained the spacious feel of the original design.
We have loved the wood burners in winter, the kitchen big enough to have a sofa in it, conservatory dining in spring and autumn, and barbecues on the deck for summer garden parties. The garden is a delight: the back garden and decking gets the sun until tea time, and you can enjoy watching the birds with a drink in hand in the front garden until sunset. This means there's always a choice between sun and shade, and we've appreciated the mature garden which blooms with colour throughout the year and attracts honeybees, birds and butterflies. The neighbourhood is wonderful, as you'd expect for Hartley, with lovely people around for neighbours.
We will be very sorry to leave the house, but we are moving out of the area for work. We really hope that the new owners will get as much joy from it as we have.
HARTLEY Hartley is built on higher ground offering views south towards the sea, east into the South Hams, north over Dartmoor and west to Cornwall. It is served by the Outland Road and Mannamead Road, which provide ready access to Mutley, Devonport and the City Centre to the south and more immediate access to the A38 Plymouth Parkway, part of the Devon Expressway linking nearby Exeter to the motorway network and heading west into Cornwall.
Hartley has a non-conformist church, a Morrison's Superstore and is home to Plymouth Croquet Club and the independent King's School (rated 'outstanding in all areas' by ISI). Compton C of E Primary School, Manadon Vale Primary School, Pennycross Primary School and Montpellier Primary School (All rated 'good' by OFSTED) are within half a mile of Hartley. There are some substantial Victorian villas mostly bordering the Mannamead Road, with much of the development, particularly of the Venn Estate, occurring in the 1930's, just before the Second War.
PLYMOUTH Plymouth is a city with one of the largest natural harbours in the world. To the north is the Dartmoor National Park extending to over 300 square miles which provides excellent recreational facilities. To the west are the beautiful beaches of Cornwall. Plymouth itself has a population of well over 250,000 and has a full range of shopping, educational, sporting and cultural facilities. There is a mainline train service to Exeter and London Paddington and to Penzance in Cornwall. Brittany Ferries operates seasonal services from Plymouth to France and northern Spain.
ACCOMMODATION Reference made to any fixture, fittings, appliances or any of the building services does not imply that they are in working order or have been tested by us. Purchasers should establish the suitability and working condition of these items and services themselves.
Lawson are delighted to market this beautifully appointed, character semi detached 1930's family home in a desirable location just a short walk from local amenities and regular transport links. The property benefits from renovated accommodation arranged over two floors comprising:
ENTRANCE PORCH Sliding PVCu double glazed front doors leading to an inner Vestibule; with stained glass double doors to:
ENTRANCE HALL Carpeted stairs to the first floor with ample under-stairs storage, picture rail and a doorway to:
SITTING ROOMI- A fabulous double aspect room with windows to the front and side elevation and a feature Marble fireplace with multi-fuel stove, built-in polished Oak window seat and a picture rail.
KITCHEN Re-fitted to an incredibly high standard with a matching range of base and eye level wooden fronted painted kitchen units with solid Oak work surfaces, space for a dual-fuel cooker, stainless steel extractor fan, space for a fridge freezer, oak breakfast bar with storage beneath, a one and a half bowl, ceramic sink drainer unit with a mixer tap and wooden splashback, plumbing for a dishwasher, windows to the side elevation and tile effect flooring. Opening through to:
UTILITY ROOM/CLOAKROOM Low level w.c, pedestal wash hand basin, plumbing for a washing machine, space for a tumble dryer with an external vent, windows to the side and rear elevation and small loft hatch.
From the Kitchen there is a small Rear Lobby with a PVCu double glazed door giving access to the rear garden.
DINING ROOM With a decorative ceiling, attractive cornice, picture rail and a tiled fireplace with granite hearth, wooden mantel and inset multi-fuel burner. A glazed door gives direct access to the kitchen and double doors lead to:
From the main hallway, carpeted stairs ascend to the FIRST FLOOR LANDING with a skylight and an airing cupboard housing the lagged cylinder and slatted shelving. A doorway leads to:
CONSERVATORY PVCu construction with a tiled floor leading directly out onto the rear garden.
BEDROOM ONE A spacious double with a dual aspect having windows to the front and side elevations, a vanity unit with tiled splashbacks and fitted cupboard with worktop. Picture rail.
BEDROOM TWO A further substantial double, has windows overlooking the garden to the rear, picture rail and a vanity unit with tiled splashbacks.
BEDROOM THREE A double room with a window to the front elevation, picture rail, built-in storage cupboards and hanging space.
BEDROOM FOUR Again, a double room and has a moulded ceiling, picture rail and a window to the side elevation.
FAMILY BATHROOM Re-fitted to an incredibly high standard with a matching four piece suite comprising a double ended bath with a telephone style mixer tap, tiled splashbacks, low level w.c, over-sized shower cubicle with direct feed shower unit and drencher head, extractor fan, towel rail, wash hand basin with storage beneath and to the side, Fired Earth iridescent glass splash back.
SHOWER ROOM Re-fitted with an over-sized shower cubicle, Mira Elite electric shower unit, tiled splashbacks, pedestal wash hand basin with storage beneath and mixer tap, Fired Earth iridescent glass tiles, low level w.c and a Victorian style towel rail.
EXTERNALLY Externally the property is approached via a large tarmacadam driveway providing parking for several vehicles. The front garden, a particular feature of the property is west facing, hedge enclosed and laid to lawn with flower and shrub beds and borders and a large gravelled area, perfect for a trampoline. To the rear the garden is approached via twin, galvanised gates, leading to a further parking area and the garage with folding wooden doors and power and light. There is a large, recently installed decked terrace leading to a further level area of lawn which is wall enclosed with a shed, child's summerhouse and wood store.
The property has the benefit of PVCu double glazing and gas fired central heating via the wall mounted Worcester boiler found in the kitchen.
SERVICES Mains water, gas, electricity and mains drainage.
VIEWING By appointment with LAWSON.
OUTGOINGS We understand the property is in band ' E ' for council tax purposes and the amount payable for the year 2020/2021 is £2303.46 (by internet enquiry with Plymouth City Council). These details are subject to change.
FLOOR PLANS AND ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATE These Floorplans are set out as a guideline only and should not be relied upon as a representation of fact. They are intended for information purposes only and are not to scale. The Energy Performance Certificates are produced by an external source and Lawson do not accept responsibility for their accuracy. Copyright Lawson 2020.