2 bedroom apartment for saleFive Aystree, Aystree House, 26 Victoria Road, Broughty Ferry, Dundee, DD5
- Home Report value - £350,000
- 2 reception rooms
- 2 en suite bedrooms
- Communal gardens
- Dedicated parking
- Outside store
- EPC Rating = B
Outstanding apartment within an exceptional conversion of a fine mansion house
Five Aystree is situated within Aystree House, on the corner of Victoria Road and Albert Road, within a prestigious residential area in West Ferry which Charles McKean and David Walker in 'Dundee, An Illus trated Architectural Guide' (Pillans and Wilson Ltd, 1984) describe as "once one of the richest suburbs in Europe, it was here, and to the slopes above Broughty Ferry, that the merchant princes and jute barons of Dundee came to construct their palatial mansions. This mid to late Victorian suburb. . . remains private on its plateau high above the shore: few main roads, minor ones framed by stone walls and mature trees." Aystree was one of these mansions.
Five Aystree is within easy reach of the excellent local amenities of Broughty Ferry, including primary and secondary schooling, an ample choice of shopping facilities, supermarkets, library, harbour and the Royal Tay Yacht Club. Grove Academy is within easy walking distance. Broughty Ferry is only a short distance from Dundee city centre, which offers all the facilities expected of a major city. Private schooling is available at Dundee High School. There is a mainline railway station at Dundee with services north and south, including a sleeper to London. Dundee Airport offers flights to London Stansted and Amsterdam. The A90 dual carriageway offers easy access to Aberdeen and to Perth and on south to Edinburgh and Glasgow. Dundee is an established centre of excellence in education and life sciences, and has renowned cultural facilities.
Away from the city, the range of outdoor pursuits is impressive. Over the River Tay is St Andrews, home of golf, while the championship course at Carnoustie is only a few miles up the coast.
Five Aystree is a first and second floor apartment within the imposing Aystree House. The house itself retains many of its original features, not least the Liberty of London interiors in the grand entrance hall. The house itself is set within beautifully landscaped gardens bounded by a stone perimeter wall. The grounds have undergone a landscaping programme which included the planting of a new avenue of trees and the installation of driveway lighting. Five Aystree has two dedicated car parking spaces, with additional shared visitor parking provision.
Aystree House is a fine stone built mansion with a new rosemary clay tiled roof, matching the original. New sarking together with breathable roofing membrane and insulation was fitted, as were new cast iron gutters, downpipes and lead flashings. While completely refurbished and modernised, the interior of Five Aystree still retains many of its original Edwardian features, such as panelled doors and cornicings. The principal rooms in Five Aystree face west, and the apartment was acquired by the sellers in 2014.
The front door, with security entry phone, opens to the impressive hall, which boasts Liberty finishings and fireplace. An imposing staircase leads up to the first floor. From here a wooden front door opens to Five Aystree. The entrance vestibule has a cornice and a built in cupboard and an inner door to the hallway. This too has cornicings together with downlighters and an understair storage cupboard. The sitting room has an imposing bay window with original detailing, together with a cornice and wall mounted Samsung TV. The tiled cloakroom has a circular Porcelanosa washbasin and WC. The family room, which could be used as a dining room, again has cornicings and an imposing bay window, together with an archway linking through to the dining kitchen, creating an ideal family area. The kitchen was designed and installed by Alno Kitchens and has mirrored splashbacks and fitted Siemens appliances including fridge and freezer, combination microwave, oven/grill, washing machine, dishwasher and induction hob with a Franke extractor, together with a Carron sink and Quooker boiling tap.
A staircase with a wooden handrail leads to the upstairs landing, which has a cupboard housing a Worcester wall mounted boiler. At this level the windows have been fitted with secondary glazing. The master bedroom has a built in hanging and shelved wardrobe and a tiled en suite bathroom which also has a shower cubicle, circular Porcelanosa washbasin and a WC. Bedroom 2 has a built in wardrobe and a tiled en suite shower room with a Porcelanosa washbasin and WC.
In front of Aystree there is an area of communal garden, shared with the four first and second floor apartments, and which is laid to lawn. Beyond a hedge is a drying area. To the side of the house is a dedicated store and a bin storage area.
Aystree House was designed by the acclaimed architect Charles Soutar, in association with C Ower & Co, and built in 1903 in the Arts and Crafts style. It was commissioned by Colonel Thomas H Smith, who was a partner in the family jute firm of Henry Smith & Co. He was a director of Dundee High School for 35 years and first president of its Old Boys' Club. Indeed one of the High School houses is called Aystree after his home. He lived there until his death in 1939. In 2010 work began on an imaginative scheme to transform the house into six wonderful homes. The roof was renewed, new plumbing, drainage and wiring was installed, together with high specification kitchens and bathrooms being fitted, along with underfloor heating in the principal rooms. The quality of the development reflected the high standards of the original house.
Square Footage: 1,785 sq ft
If coming on the A90 from Perth, at the first roundabout at Dundee turn right onto the A85, signposted Dundee. Continue on towards the city centre, following the River Tay, on Riverside Drive and passing Dundee Airport.
From Dundee city centre take the A92, signposted Arbroath onto Dock Street and East Dock Street, and then continue on Broughty Ferry Road (A930) signposted Broughty Ferry. Continue straight over the roundabout, following signs for Broughty Ferry (A930), on Dundee Road West and Dundee Road and after 1 mile turn left onto Victoria Road. The entrance into Aystree House will be seen on the right, at the junction with Albert Road.
Alternatively if coming from the A92 (Arbroath to Dundee road) turn at the Claypotts junction, opposite Sainsbury's onto Broughty Ferry Road (B978), signposted Broughty Ferry. Then take the 5th turning on the right onto Victoria Road. Proceed straight over the junction with Strathearn Road and the turning into Aystree House will be seen on the left at the junction with Albert Road.
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