Set in a very convenient town centre location within easy reach of Commercial Street, the small boat harbour and amenities, Helenlea is a rarely available four bedroom, end-terraced property enjoying fine views to the rear across the harbour to Bressay, and also benefitting from a sizeable, beautifully kept, landscaped back garden which provides a delightful outdoor space.
The property which dates from 1906, retains a wealth of original period features yet also benefits from modern comforts such as double glazed windows and central heating provided by the Lerwick District Heating system. In addition to four double bedrooms, the spacious accommodation which is arranged over three floors over a substantial very useable basement (at ground floor level to the rear), also includes a bay windowed living room, large kitchen / dining room, bathroom, shower room and separate toilet, plus an office ideal for home working. A substantial 440m² workshop nearby which may be of interest to someone looking for space for a business, is also available separately.
This is a very desirable property in a great location, perfect for viewing Lerwick’s Up Helly A procession. Early viewing recommended.
Entry to the house is through a small garden area to the front, complete with low wall and original cast iron railing & gate, which leads to the glazed front door and a vestibule with original ceiling and decorative tiled floor, a further inner door with sidelights retaining the original stained glass panels either side, opening to the hall, again with original features including the dado rail, cornice and pitch pine banister to the stair to the first floor, ‘Quick-Step’ laminate flooring being laid over the original tongue & groove pitch pine floorboards below. Off the hall is the living room and kitchen, and a door to the basement.
The ‘Quick-Step’ flooring in the hall extends into the living room (and also the kitchen), a well-proportioned room again with a wealth of original features including the paneling around the windows, skirtings and cornice, the window facing west and looking out to the street. An impressive fireplace with slate hearth houses a solid-fuel stove providing a cosy alternative heat source although there is also a central heating radiator. Lighting is provided by a centre fitting and matching wall lights controlled by two dimmer switches.
The spacious kitchen / dining room which has been re-lined & insulated, benefits from lots of natural light thanks to two windows to the rear of the house, and a third to the side, all with fabric blinds, the ‘L’-shaped space incorporating what was originally a maid’s room with leaded glass door from the hall. Extensive modern units in a cream finish surround space for a table in the centre, the units being set off by solid woodblock worktops and including a ceramic double bowl sink, several glazed cabinets, a handy larder cupboard with pull out drawers, and a corner carousel. There is a further dresser style unit, the top section of which can be included in the sale if required, whilst matching units have been fitted below all the windows to provide additional storage space. The range cooker & cooker hood housed in a recess with Brazilian mahogany surround will be included in the sale. Lighting is provided by a triple spotlight fitting over the dining area and two further pendant ceiling lights.
Back in the hall, the stair leads up to the first floor, borrowed light filtering through glazed leaded doors to the shower room and an office, further paneled doors leading to two large double bedrooms with a generous built-in heated linen cupboard in-between. The shower room is attractively finished with tiling to the floor and also around the walls below a dado rail which extends to encompass the tiling around a shower with ‘rainfall’ shower head and additional body jets, and also around the wash hand basin / vanity unit which has cupboards above and below providing lots of useful storage space. There is a period style WC and heated towel rail / radiator supplied by the central heating system.
Next to the shower room is bedroom 1, originally the main bedroom, this room benefiting from a dual-aspect including a fine view over the garden and across the Sound to Bressay, the second window facing west. A matching door conceals a built-in wardrobe.
The front bedroom (2) has similar proportions to the living room below, including a large south-facing bay window to the street again retaining the original paneling along with the skirtings and cornice. The built-in wardrobe is a notable feature having glazed door and an arched window over. Centre light fitting and two matching wall lights.
A handy separate office, also south-facing, ideal for working from home, completes the first floor accommodation.
Moving on upstairs, the second floor landing which is lit by a Velux window over the stairs, leads to two further bedrooms and a bathroom, a cupboard at the top of the stairs providing easily accessible storage space. Bedroom 3 has a bay window again enjoying the view over the harbour with storage cupboards to either side. Similarly sized bedroom 4 has a bay window to the front, again with eaves storage space to either side, this window enjoying the view west over Lerwick generally and over to Breiwick bay in the distance. Finally there is a bathroom with free-standing roll top bath with claw feet and a centrally mounted mixer tap, a period style wash hand basin, tile effect laminate flooring and Velux window.
Finally back in the hall, a door provides access to the substantial basement although this is at ground floor level at the rear, a significant, very usable feature of the property which comprises two rooms with an average floor-to-floor ceiling height of approximately 2.2 metres. The main area which is to the rear to the house, is a large space measuring approximately 6.1m x 3.6m overall, with power & lighting, twin ‘Belfast’ sinks set on the original pedestals, plumbing for a washing machine and a single glazed window and door to the back garden. Extensive storage space is provided by a built-in cupboard along one wall and bookcases elsewhere. There is a separate toilet off with WC and wash hand basin, handy when working / using the back garden. Off the main area is a further store / workshop (approx. 6.35m x 2.85m), again with built-in shelf and cupboard space, power & lighting, this space also housing the District Heating unit which supplies the radiator central heating system throughout the space and also hot water. The work bench can remain if required.
The basement provides a huge amount of extra space with possible potential for additional living accommodation (there is already a decent window providing natural light to the rear which is at ground floor level) although this would be subject to the usual consents and prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves in this regard by contacting the local council planning and / or building standards departments directly.
The property has been extensively insulated in recent years and the roof was professionally overhauled last year. The original pitch pine features prominently throughout the house, and the interior layout which is more or less as built some 120 years ago benefits from lots of borrowed light thanks to a number of internal glazed leaded panels which let light into the hall & stairs, a reflection of the house being built before widespread use of electricity.