When you hear the words ‘bedsit’ or ‘house of multiple occupancy’ (HMO) and you might think of a drab and dreary period property that has been carved up unimaginatively into small, squashed units.
There may even be visions of a very basic standard of kitchen and bathrooms, or worse.
Of course, not all bedsits within a HMO are uninspiring. This pretty period house in the Stow Hill area of Newport not only offers a tenant space it offers them character, comfort and stylish interiors.
Of course, a new owner of this semi-detached house does not have to continue its journey down the HMO route.
According to the estate agent selling the property, it could easily become a family home again with the two ground floor bedrooms returning to their original functions as reception rooms when the house was built.
But if the house does stay in its current configuration, there are six bedrooms up for rental.
Approaching the period house and the pretty wrought iron work decorating the front veranda is a hint of the attractive original features hiding inside.
On a summer’s evening imagine sitting under on the veranda with a glass of something cold and watching the world go by.
Although located on a main road, the pair of semis are tucked far back from the street and this little beauty is hiding behind a well established, large hedge.
When you discover that the property is just a few minutes walk from St Woolos Hospital, it’s current layout as a HMO becomes clearer, probably in its most recent history it is being used by staff at the neighbouring medical centre.
Enter the house and the gems of original features within greet you immediately.
Past the glorious front door with an abundance of feature stained glass panels and into the first of the spaces oozing with character.
It’s probable that not many HMO’s can boast a separate entrance hall with stained glass windows and a beautiful Minton floor tile hallway.
This bonus room is so spacious it can easily accommodate two storage cupboards and the feeling of space is enhanced by the high ceilings.
In this space there is feature coving and panelled internal doors to delight and these features continue to appear and add to the charm throughout the house.
Through to the inner hall and this character-laden house continues to show off with a carved detailed staircase complete with smooth banister that looks so inviting to slide down.
Into the first of the ground floor bedrooms and the spaciousness continues.
This welcoming room can compete with the hall for features to take your fancy, from a fireplace and storage and shelving in the alcoves to a ceiling rose and stepped coving.
The duo of windows not only let light flood the space but can also boast character, surrounded by wood panels below them.
This room was clearly the posh parlour back in the day, when the best room was situated at the front of the house and only used to entertain and impress visitors.
Back to the current day and the lucky tenant in this room might have to give way to a family lounge.
Into the next bedroom on this ground floor and this room can boast its share of unique elements too.
There’s a roaring log burner in the fireplace, again built-in alcove storage that has been stripped to reveal the beauty of the wood grain and the floorboards have been sanded.
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Surely if this property is restored as a family home this room is likely to be a lounge or formal dining room.
Into the rear of the house and the heart of the home for whoever is living here, because it is a significant size that can easily welcome a large group of people to enjoy a meal or a chat around its sizeable table.
The charm of the house continues into this more modern space with the floor tiles and wood worktops bringing the visual warmth and noticeable features to the white farmhouse-style units and smooth white walls.
Arguably the most engaging feature in this sociable kitchen diner is the section of exposed stone and brick wall that reminds anyone visiting the room that the home is from a vintage era.
And the space continues off the kitchen diner with a pantry that then leads to a utility room that has a backdoor out onto the rear courtyard garden.
The surprising space on offer includes a bonus shower room via a door in the entrance hall which sees the lovely tiled floor continue into the room.
However, don’t forget to check there is no-one at the front door before you vacate the shower; it could be an embarrassing situation to meet someone in the entrance hall with just a towel on.
So the ground floor can offer a versatile space either as a HMO option or multiple family rooms.
Up the character staircase to the first floor and there are four further bedrooms, a main bathroom and an additional, separate toilet.
Each room has stripped floorboards and some can even boast a fireplace, so the period interior design is not confined to just the ground floor.
The biggest bedroom on this level is at the front of the property and mimics the size and shape of the bedroom below it and the remaining three are all doubles.
The estate agent selling the home states that the property is a short walk from Newport city centre and train station, as well as the neighbouring hospital, and is offered with no onward chain.
So whether you are a landlord looking for a rental with stylish bedsits or someone on the hunt for a charming period home with a budget of £295,000, give Nexa Cardiff a call on 029 2013 0000 to find out more about this pretty property and possibly renting it out.