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Bridge Road, Torquay

Added on 30/11/2020, National

Key features

  • Built in 1880 with many character features, including solid marble fireplaces, high ceilings, ornate cornices, etc.
  • Flexible accommodation with up to 6 bedrooms – ideal multi-generational living
  • 3 reception rooms, 3 bathrooms, separate toilet, kitchen/breakfast room
  • Short walking distance to beach/sea front & harbour/town centre/shops/take-aways/restaurants/Torre Abbey/railway stations/hospital and schools (including Torquay's grammar schools)
  • Large lounge with floor to ceiling bay windows
  • Large gated gravel drive with parking for several cars/boat
  • Flexible outside relaxing/dining/entertaining areas with a good degree of privacy
  • Safe gated enclosed low maintenance level rear garden and space for outdoor play
  • Recent new roof (2017), damp proofing and exterior painted (2020)
  • Double glazing and gas central heating

Property description

Virtual viewing available by arrangement.

Tenure: Freehold

Doorsteps are pleased to present this rare opportunity to acquire this spacious semi-detached Victorian Villa in Torquay’s English Riviera.

The property briefly consists of:Ground floor: front entrance porch, tiled hallway, large lounge, dining room, day room, kitchen/breakfast room with utility area. Lower ground floor: 2 large rooms suitable for multiple uses, a storage room and bathroom (offering the opportunity for independent accommodation). Upstairs: 4 double bedrooms, shower room with toilet, large family bathroom with slipper bath, shower & toilet, and a separate toilet. Loft access. Outside: large driveway, front garden, side and rear garden with decking area. Mature shrubs, Magnolia tree, and low-maintenance borders. External water and electricity.

The property is situated in the popular Torre area of Torquay, Devon

Original half wooden and obscure glazed Victorian front door leading to large entrance porch with high ceiling, cornices and picture rails, with space for coats/shoes/bikes, etc. Original ornate half wooden and stained leaded glass door leading to:

Ceramic tiled hallway with high ceiling, decorative ornate cornices, and picture rails. Obscure window to side. Radiator. Half wooden and glazed patterned doors leading to the living room, dining room, day room, and onto the kitchen. Wooden turned balustraded stairways to upstairs and lower ground floor.

Living Room
20’ 6” max into bay x 14’ 4” (6.25m max into bay x 4.37m)
Spacious airy room with feature original solid marble and cast-iron fireplace, high ceiling with decorative cornices, ceiling rose and picture rails. Floor to ceiling double-glazed windows in a large bay overlooking the front garden and with a high level of privacy. TV aerial point, original wooden flooring. 2 double radiators.

Dining Room
14’ 6” x 12’ 11” (4.44m x 3.9m)
Spacious room for family dining with feature original solid marble and cast-iron fireplace, high ceiling, cornices, and picture rails. Double radiator. Floor to ceiling double-glazed window overlooking the front garden with a high level of privacy. Original wooden flooring.

Day Room13’ 6” x 13’ 1” (4.13m x 4m)
Spacious family/day room with double-glazed window overlooking the side garden. TV aerial point, telephone point, double radiator. Laminate flooring. Built-in book/storage cupboards. Half glazed door to:

Kitchen/Breakfast/Utility Room
14’ 2” x 11’ 11” (4.34m x 3.4m)
Double-glazed window overlooking the side garden. Double radiator. Utility area with space & plumbing for washing machine and tumble drier. Cupboards above. Dining/breakfast area.Fitted kitchen with base and wall units with lighting under. Integral dishwasher & fridge/freezer. Envoy range style gas/electric cooker. Fitted hood/extractor fan. Sink with 1.5 bowl, mixer tap, and drainer. Matching island with drawers (movable). Rear high-level glazed window. Storage cupboard housing gas boiler and hot water cylinder. Vinyl flooring. Full-length double-glazed door to decking/alfresco dining/sitting area and rear enclosed garden.

First Floor

Split landing. High level recently replaced double-glazed window.To the left the landing rises three steps with wooden turned balustraded banisters leading to:

Master Bedroom
16’ into bay x 14’ 5” (4.9m into bay x 4.4m)
Large spacious double bedroom with low-level to ceiling double-glazed bay window overlooking front garden and driveway. Double radiators under. High ceilings, ornate cornices, and picture rails. TV aerial point.

Family Bathroom
Large spacious bathroom with wooden paneled white-washed walls and stained wooden flooring. High ceilings, ornate cornices, and picture rails. Claw footed slipper bath, separate Cotswold shower with traditional black & white tiling, toilet with high-level cistern with pull chain, large washbasin. Traditional Victorian-style radiator and heated towel rail.

Separate Toilet
Toilet with low-level cistern and washbasin. Obscure double glazed window to rear garden.

Bedroom 2
14’6” x 12’ 10” (4.42m x 3.93m)
Large double bedroom with original feature cast-iron fireplace, high ceilings, ornate cornices, and picture rails. Double-glazed window overlooking the front garden. Double radiator. TV aerial point.3 steps back down to landing: Telephone point. Further hallway to the right leading to:Shower RoomWooden paneled white-washed walls, Cotswold shower enclosure with traditional black and white tiling, washbasin, and low-level toilet. Tiled floor. Obscure double-glazed window to the side garden.

Bedroom 3
11’ 1” x 9’ 5” (3.39m x 2.88m)
Average size double bedroom (currently used as an office). Double-glazed window overlooking the side garden. Double radiator.

Bedroom 4
14’ 7” x 12’ 2” (4.46m x 3.72m)
Large spacious double bedroom. Double-glazed window overlooking the side garden. Double radiator. Washbasin. TV aerial point.

Lower Ground Floor

Stairs lead down to the lower hallway with a double-doored storage cupboard extending under stairs, recently damp proofed (tanked). Laminate flooring throughout. This accommodation has multiple uses and is perfect for providing spacious and separate office space for home working. Alternative uses could include multi-generational living with own bedroom lounge/kitchenette/bathroom or it could be adapted to make a separate flat with outside entrance (subject to planning and building regulations). Headroom throughout is approx. 6 feet.

Traditional black and white tiling to paneled bath with mixer shower over. Washbasin and low-level toilet, with Saniflow system. Recent damp proofing (tanked) with floor hatch to tanking sump & pump. Double glazed (PVC) skylight and window ledge. Recent laminate flooring.

Bedroom 5
14’ 5” x 11’ 7” (4.4m x 3.54m)
Average size double bedroom. Laminate flooring. Double-glazed (PVC) skylight window to the front garden with window ledge. Built-in cupboard containing smart meter/fuse box/water valve etc. Radiator.

Large multi-purpose room - lounge/games room/office/playroom/bedroom 6
22’ 2” x 14’ 2” (6.8m x 4.33m)
Large spacious room suitable for many uses. Slightly raised split level floor. Radiator, TV aerial point. Double-glazed (PVC) skylight window to side garden/drive with window ledge. Ceiling recessed spotlights. Recently damp proofed (tanked) with new laminate flooring.

In addition to the large front graveled drive there is a front garden area (with potential to extend the drive further) containing a large magnolia tree on an island with attractive low maintenance shrubs/plants with a gravel pathway surrounding. In the corner of the drive is an optional seating area with a rockery/water feature for capturing the summertime evening sunshine. The drive is enclosed by a Victorian stone wall and hedging, with decorative stone raised borders containing herbaceous plants. External electric points.

A further seating area is located next to a decorative fence (covered by clematis). Gate leading to the side garden offering a good degree of privacy laid to gravel with paved seating/alfresco dining area, and a paved pathway leading to the rear. There are two garden sheds and space for further seating/sun loungers and trampoline. Garden tap.

The rear garden includes a slightly raised decking area currently with a garden swing and surrounded with wooden balustrading. Adjacent to this is further decking with balustrading providing seating and al-fresco dining accessible from the kitchen. Beyond the wooden balustrading is a single step down to a lawned area enclosed by high fencing/hedging to one side and high stone walls to the rest with border plants and a large hydrangea.

Please note the property does not have a garage (there were no cars in 1880!).

Council Tax Band E

Owner’s note:
We have owned and loved this beautiful home for 16 years and have brought up 6 children within it.

Olivet is very conveniently placed for nationwide travel with Torquay and Torre stations just a short walk away with no need to drive and park. We have loved being able to walk to the beach and many local facilities. The new South Devon Highway also provides quick and easy access to the M5 in about 20 minutes.

We also love being able to swing into our graveled drive with no parking problems and are very lucky to have one of the rare Victorian villas with its own drive so close to the town and beach. We have also been lucky to have lovely neighbours and a strong sense of safety and community.

The size, layout, and adaptability of Olivet has given lots of space and privacy for growing children and as they entered teenage years gave them a games room/space for friends/ own bathrooms, etc. As they prepared for independence, they were able to use downstairs (with a fridge and kettle) to have their own ‘flat’.

As our children have all left home it is time for us to downsize to a smaller property and as such lots of the furniture/fixtures/lighting/mirrors/curtains/blinds/garden furniture could remain in situ by negotiation. We shall be very sad to leave Olivet.


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Distances are straight line measurements from the centre of the postcode
  • Torre Station0.4 miles
  • Torquay Station0.5 miles
  • Paignton Station2.5 miles
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