Welcome to St Oswald Street, one of Bowerham's premier addresses. This is a street which features grand-looking period homes. All are stone-built and feature elegant bay windows.
What makes this street popular though is the open outlook overlooking the tree-lined grounds of the University of Cumbria. It is a fabulous green outlook and much appreciated when you live so close to the city centre.
Live here and you are just a stone throw from two of Lancaster's key employers ( the hospital and University of Cumbria ). There are excellent schools and local amenities close by.
For more social events, there are popular pubs in Bowerham and excellent restaurants, bars and theatres are just 10 minutes away in Lancaster City Centre.
Step inside, through the traditional solid wooden door, through the vestibule and into the hallway. You'll be pleased to notice that the original ornate Victorian moulding still feature. The stairs ahead lead up to the upper floors. Start by turning left into the bay fronted lounge.
The ground floor
Look through the bay window and take a moment to admire the open view. Step back and admire the high ceilings, a feature from the period of this home and the note of how the original cornicing still features. Either side of the fireplace is shelved alcoves, perfect for books, music and other favourites.
Next is the dining room which still features the original built-in cupboard, all shelved for storage inside. Beyond this is the kitchen, an area which you really can mold as your your own. Why not take the opportunity whilst renovating the home to extend it or would you move the kitchen into the dining area and make this into a utility room? A timber door leads out to the rear walled courtyard.
The first floor
Head back to the hallway and take the stairs to the first floor. This floor features 2 generous sized bedrooms and the family bathroom.
The master bedroom to the front was the reason why the family chose to buy this home in the first instance. It was the tree-lined outlook to the front that captured them and the thought. How many period homes can boast this? The spacious bedroom spans the front of the home.
Peel back the carpet in the 2nd bedroom and you'll see the original floorboards are still in great condition along with the ornate cast iron fireplace. The family bathroom is to the rear.
The 2nd floor
The 2nd floor features three bedrooms. The view from the rear is fabulous looking out over the rooftops towards Lancaster Castle and Morecambe Bay.
Investors may consider changing the 5th bedroom into a 2nd bathroom, after all, it is directly above the family bathroom which makes the plumbing so much easier!
This home also features a large basement which in recent times has been used as a workshop. It has electric, light and running water.
The walled courtyard
Step outside into the rear courtyard. It might be overgrown now but imagine it all cut back. The high walling gives a sheltered feel and so much privacy. The outhouses could become storage or even incorporated into a kitchen extension.
We know this property needs work but as a student let at just £100 per week x 5 bedrooms x 50 weeks - you could be receiving a gross income of £25,000. The location is excellent. The University of Cumbria is just across the road.
A spacious period home
This property requires full modernisation
5 bedrooms (4 are doubles)
2 reception rooms
No chain - we can move quickly on this one
Set overlooking the open green grounds of the University of Cumbria, St Oswald Street is a spacious period home. This is home which is need of modernisation. However with 5 bedrooms, 2 reception rooms and a huge basement - it makes for a very interesting proposition.
Opportunities like this don't come available often!