Home's so desirable we will move in ourselves one day!
I F you took a straw poll of 100 people and asked them to name the most desirable residential areas in North Staffordshire I would wager good money that Wolstanton would be among them.
It is an area that still has a village feel with a strong community and individual shops and it also has all the factors that so many of us look for when choosing an area. It has brilliant road links to either Newcastle, the city centre and the arterial routes such as the M6 and A50, it is close to the big employment centres of the hospital complex and Keele University, it has good schools and in Wolstanton Marsh it has more green space, playing fields and safe areas for children than just about anywhere else around here.
In short it is a very desirable area – as owner and landlord Sheila Gilford knows full well.
She has lived in Wolstanton for almost all her life and she and her husband, Neil, bought this house about two and a half years ago.
Sheila says: "We bought it with a view to being able to move in and live here when we want to be in somewhere a little smaller than our current home.''
Experienced landlords, Sheila says they pick their properties carefully 'and we like to get them into a state where we would be happy to move in ourselves'.
In this case that means that since they bought it they have installed a brand new central heating system, new doors and double glazed windows and their property at 12, Woodland Avenue, Wolstanton, is ready to move into tomorrow.
New on the market, it is a three bedroom semi detached house and is currently unfurnished. A pleasant entrance hall leads into a big open plan lounge/diner with French doors leading out to the back garden which Sheila says is west facing 'and gets a lot of afternoon sun'.
There is a fully fitted kitchen which has a range of modern units and all the usual appliances such as an integrated oven, hob and extractor and there is a useful little store off it and a door to the drive running alongside the house to the big brick-built garage.
Upstairs are the three bedrooms which are two big doubles, one at the front and another behind, and the third, also at the front, is a small single or box room.
Sheila says: "It's quite big enough for a study or nursery and there has been a single bed in here.''
The bathroom has an over shower which has only just been installed and there is a separate w.c.
On the outside the house is set back off the road with a drive at the front providing a safe parking space and at the back the enclosed garden offers plenty of room for children to play safely or just a nice spot to sit and relax.
Sheila adds: "This is not like a house on an estate, it is not overlooked and is on a quiet road in a very sought after area. It has only just come back onto the market so we expect interest to be high. It is a quality house that Neil and I bought with the idea of perhaps one day moving into it ourselves when the time comes that we want to downsize."