Apartment 15, The Old School, Bideford
- For Sale
THE OLD SCHOOL is a purpose built school dating from 1902 which has been converted into unique and modern apartments retaining many original features including sash windows, high ceilings and some with parquet flooring. The apartments have fully fitted kitchens as well as modern bathrooms and shower rooms. Many apartments have a gallery floor offering flexible living accommodation. The apartments are accessed via a gated entrance with communal gardens and two car parking spaces per apartment along with visitors' parking.
Although Geneva Place was completed in 1902 it is of an earlier design being brick built and circa 4.5m floor to ceilings. It is a unique Victorian building given the specification and wealth of original features and the mainly original condition of the building. The interior has a beautiful simplicity without the delicate frieze work or stained glass windows expected from this era. The width of corridors and feel of the interior space is very spacious with exposed brick, high timber sash windows. The main alteration to the building has been the addition of a mezzanine floor through the majority of the ground floor and much of the first floor which is at least 30 years old.
BACKGROUND AND HISTORY
The Boarding School for girls and infants relocated in 1903 from the High Street to the new school at Geneva Place. After a fire, the Old Town School for Boys was transferred to Geneva Place. Following reorganisation in 1932, the senior pupils became a separate school on the upper floor of the building. In 1955 and 1958 the infants and juniors were transferred to Pynes County Infants School and Westcroft County Junior School respectively. Since then the building was used by Bideford Grammar School and in the latter years Bideford College. The building ceased to be used in July 2010 at the end of the summer term when Bideford College moved into new purpose built facilities on the main campus thus ending 107 years of educational use for the building.
Ground Floor over 2 floors
2 Parking spaces
10'4 x 13'8 (3.14m x 4.17m) max
8'9 x 11'11 (2.67m x 3.63m) max
22'4 x 15'5 (6.8m x 4.71m) max
TOTAL AREA 91sqm
The flat comprises of a spacious entrance hallway with a large and very useful storage cupboard and a modern bathroom.
Both DOUBLE bedrooms are positioned off of the hallway with the master benefitting from having a three piece en-suite shower room.
The open plan living / dining / kitchen area is on the first floor and is considered to be the perfect space for socialising with guests. The open plan living / dining area flows through to the kitchen, whilst passing a breakfast bar area with space for chairs below.
The kitchen is fitted with ample eye and base level units with solid wood-block worktops, an integrated electric hob with extractor hood over, an eye-level electric oven and space for further appliances.
The apartment is being sold with two allocated parking spaces.
Service Charge estimated at £1503.06 per year. Includes Buildings insurance, cleaning of communal areas, cleaning of windows outside once a month, garden maintenance. Ground Rent £200.00 per year. 999 year leases from 2017.
From Bideford Quay proceed up the High Street and turn left at the top. Take the next right at the
crossroads into Abbotsham Road. Proceed along Abbotsham Road past the hospital on your right until reaching a cross roads with traffic lights. Turn left at the traffic lights into Dymond Road. Continue up this road where you will see The Old School to be a short distance along on your left hand side, passing the building on the left and turning into Geneva Place the entrance to Phase 2 will be see to the rear of the building with a gated entrance on the left hand side.
Bideford offers a wide range of national and local shopping, banking and recreational facilities together with its historic Pannier Market offering local fresh produce together with local art and craft stalls. The A39 North Devon Link Road provides access to the regional centre of Barnstaple, approximately 9 miles distant, and beyond to the national motorway network.