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2 Bedroom flat VALE OF GLAMORGAN £380,000

From the handsome Edwardian property on Friars Road, Barry, there are simply breathtaking views across the bay and out to sea.

Relaxing on the balcony, with a glass of wine at the end of the day, Sharon and Steve watch the changing colours of the sky and ships making their way across the water. Their unique, two-storey home takes in panoramic sea and skyscapes from the drawing room and the dining room. "We are about 100 yards from the sea," Sharon observes. "We have wonderful views over the green and the coastal path; then out to sea. We watch the ships coming in to the harbour and every day there is something different to see. The sun rises in the front in the morning and sets behind us at the end of the day, it is very beautiful."

The Story
SENSE OF GRANDEUR Believed to have been built for a wealthy officer or shipping employee in 1910, the character-filled apartment was once part of a grand villa. It would have been positioned to ensure its occupants had a birds' eye view of the vessels coming into port. "We were not actually looking for an apartment when we came to see this - we had been viewing houses," Sharon recalls. "But, as soon as we saw it, we knew we wanted to live here. The opportunity to be somewhere with such incredible sea views was very appealing." PERIOD HOME The first floor apartment offered two bedrooms at the time, but the couple realised they could extend the accommodation further by going up into the loft. "We converted the attic to create another bedroom, shower room and walk-in wardrobe," she explains. "We now use this as our master bedroom. It is a lovely light space, with skylight windows, through which you can see the sea." Other changes over the 20 years they have lived at the property have included replacing the kitchen and bathrooms. "We still have traditional coving, skirting boards and fireplaces here - all the work we have carried out has been in keeping with the period character of the property." ROOM FOR ALL Indeed, rooms have all been decorated in fairly neutral shades, she explains. The kitchen breakfast room, which looks out over the garden and has under-floor heating, has been fitted with bespoke units and granite work surfaces. "This is a good-sized kitchen breakfast room," she admits. The drawing room features a beautiful slate fireplace and large bay windows taking in the sea views, while the dining room has a feature marble fireplace and a similarly impressive outlook. "From here, there is a door out on to the balcony," she says. "We often sit out there when the weather is warm." There is ample space in the drawing and dining room to accommodate guests. "We have had lots of nice meals here with friends and family over the years," she adds. PRIVATE GARDEN The first floor accommodation includes the two original double bedrooms, both of which have been with fitted wardrobes. There is also a modern-style family bathroom on this level. Stairs then lead up to the second floor, where Sharon and Steve created the new master bedroom, with its en suite shower room and walk-in wardrobe. In addition to the balcony, the property comes with a private garden. This includes an area of decking and a pergola. "We have a table and chairs out there and like to sit out with a glass of wine in the evening when the weather is fine," she says. PERFECT LOCATION The location of the Friars Road property has given them immense pleasure. "We love being able to walk straight out and along the coast path," Sharon says. "We have grandchildren now and, when they come to visit, they like to go down to the beach." The couple can walk to the railway station in about five minutes to catch a train into Cardiff, taking about half an hour. "We are just five or six miles from the M4 so travel by road is also easy," she says. Barry has a wide range of shops and supermarkets and there are a number of good parks and natural areas close by. "We often go to Porthkerry Country Park or to Cold Knap," she adds. "We will miss all this when we leave, and we will miss being so close to the sea. Living here does feel like being on holiday all the time."
Setting The Scene
FROM THE HANDSOME EDWARDIAN PROPERTY ON FRIARS ROAD, BARRY, THERE ARE SIMPLY BREATHTAKING VIEWS ACROSS THE BAY AND OUT TO SEA. Relaxing on the balcony, with a glass of wine at the end of the day, Sharon and Steve watch the changing colours of the sky and ships making their way across the water. Their unique, two-storey hometakes in panoramic sea and skyscapes from the drawing room and the dining room. “We are about 100 yards from the sea,” Sharon observes. “We have wonderful views over the green and the coastal path; then out to sea. We watch the ships coming in to the harbour and every day there is something different to see. The sun rises in the front in the morning and sets behind us at the end of the day. It is very beautiful.”
Whats Nearby
Barry Island is a short distance away and there are several local shops, pubs and restaurants within walking distance but right on your door step you have some wonderful walks and you can even walk to the Island. Nearby is The Knap which is a popular area it has a lovely park and of course its near the sea front.
Within easy reach
The road network is excellent, within 25 minutes you can be in Cardiff Bay, the City Centre is just as easy, with its excellent rail service why not hop on the train and save on the parking. Even closer is the coastal town of Penarth and village of Sully, both are close to the beach with some superb restaurants and cafes. The M4 network is easy to reach and you can be on the M4 towards Newport, Bristol or even London within 20 minutes.
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