Firgrove in Sandown.
IT was the first house built in a Sandown street close to the railway station and a period house with fine views to the downs today offers a huge amount of space that could be used in a number of ways.
Believed to take its name from trees originally on the site, Firgrove has lots of flexible space on four levels and stands in a road with little passing traffic but the convenience of having a train service only steps away.
Schools as well as town centre shops and sandy beaches are also within easy reach of the imposing detached house, which offers potential galore.
Rooms are a generous size and there is a real sense of space on the high-ceilinged first and second floors housing four bedrooms, a second kitchen/fifth bedroom, a dining room, lounge, shower room, bathroom and separate WC.
Making them light and airy are large windows, many of them in front, side and rear bays, and downstairs are period features, including deep skirting, cornice, internal doors, picture rail and an elegant staircase linking the two floors.
Open a door beneath the stairs and you descend into an extensive basement area opening up a world of possibilities. A huge games room — nearly 30ft long and complete with a three-quarter sized snooker table — workshop with store room off, a utility room, store room and wine store could be converted into a separate flat with its own side entrance subject to necessary permissions.
More space to exploit can be found at the top of the house where there are three sloping-ceilinged rooms, each with a pretty front window.
All this space is complemented by delightful, large, well-kept lawned rear gardens on two levels with many roses, lavender, other shrubs, plum trees, a soft fruit area, a veg patch and timber shed.
Well-stocked beds also enhance the front garden and at the side is a carport.
Black and white chequered tiled steps lead up to front door opening to a wide entrance area with the kitchen off.
Along with wall and floor cupboards this room has front bay windows, a gas cooker point and plumbing for a washing machine. A long inner hall has a shower room at one end and side access to the car port at the other.
Doors open to the dining room with a front bay window, light and airy bedroom one with a rear garden outlook and a side bay window and the spacious lounge.
Its focal point is a fireplace with grey marble surround and gas fire and doors within a big rear bay open to a bright sun lounge with sapele flooring, window to three sides providing some downland views and access to steps down to the back garden.
The large upstairs landing and a separate WC and bathroom off all have a pretty arched-topped window.
Lovely panoramic views to countryside and the downs can be seen through a bay window in light and spacious bedrooms two and three.
Bedroom four and a utility room with sink both have lots of natural light coming in through a front bay window.
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