'Instantly recognisable' cottage in former 200 year old shops for sale

Former shops that made up a ‘key part of the community’ are now up for sale as a residential cottage.

For almost two centuries the Victorian Cottage was two community shops in the heart of the original West Kirby Old Village.

Now the four bedroom detached property, on Village Road, Wirral is on the market.

Described as the ‘perfect’ home for someone looking for an ‘instantly recognisable and eye catching’ property, it’s listed with Karl Tatler for £499,950.

Similar homes, just 0.1 miles away, are currently listed for a variety of prices, above £400,000.

A Sandy Lane property is on the market for £450,000, while on Kirby Park another four bedroom house is priced at £645,000.

© Karl Tatler / Rightmove Village Road , West Kirby, Wirral, the Victorian cottage was two shops for almost two centuries before renovations

Overall properties in West Kirby had an average sold price of £364,750 over the last year, according to Rightmove.

Detached properties made up the most of those sales over the last 12 months, selling for an average price of £516,044.

The rest of the sales were of semi-detached properties for an average of £332,860, with flats fetching £251,951.

© Karl Tatler / Rightmove A morning room leads into the kitchen and conservatory

Sold prices were up 16% on the previous year and 19% on the last peak of 2017.

Despite being transformed from shops to a family home, the property has retained many of its original looks and benefits from plenty of period features.

Images from inside the property show that it boats four double bedrooms and four bathrooms.

© Karl Tatler / Rightmove Conservatory extension

Across the first floor there are also three reception rooms currently being used as a living room, lounge and morning room.

In addition to these family spaces is a conservatory extension that leads into the back garden.

The first floor is made up primarily of the bedrooms, two of which have an en-suite bathroom and the remaining room has access to a shower room.

Off road parking is also available for a number of cars.

© Karl Tatler / Rightmove Tiered garden with a water feature in the Village Road property , West Kirby, Wirral

One of the most ‘renowned’ things about the property is its ‘hidden garden.’

In the back is a tiered garden with a number of water features including three ponds and waterfalls.

The bottom of the garden has a patio area with stairs up to a lawn, shed and mature plants.

The Karl Tatler listing reads: “For almost two centuries Victoria Cottage was two residential shops making up a key part of the original West Kirby Old Village.

“Today whilst still retaining its original looks it is now a spacious 4 bedroomed house with the addition of the renowned ‘hidden garden’.

“This has to be the perfect home for somebody looking for an instantly recognisable and eye-catching property that boasts just as much personality as it does individuality.”

For more information and images inside the property, visit Rightmove here.

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