An outstanding house, dating from the 1930’s,
2¾ hours from the French capital in Brittany
Guingamp, COTES-D'ARMOR brittany 22200 FR

Location

Just a stone’s throw from the historic centre of a little character town, the wooded avenue is lined with a variety of miscellaneous constructions from many eras. An urban diversity where main residences and small boutiques are mixed with hotels and restaurants. The road has been converted to take cars as well as bicycles and pedestrians, keeping traffic moving peacefully. This property is in the middle of the avenue. Free car parking places are easily available. Local shops and amenities are within walking distance. A train station, just a few hundred metres away, provides links to the French capital taking less than three hours. The nearest beaches are 30 minutes away by car. A dual carriageway is just 8 minutes away. It gives access to numerous destinations, whether heading towards the centre of Brittany or the seaside resorts along the Pink Granite and Goëlo coastlines.

Description

The facade, a daring combination of neo-gothic and Art Deco styles, attracts the expert’s eye with its unusual gargoyles. It adjoins middle-class houses, some fifty years older. Photographs of the house taken a short while after its construction bear witness to an original layout, very different from that of today: for example, the ground-floor, semi-circular-arched window, currently belonging to the kitchen, was originally a through porchway, linking the road to the garden. Nowadays, the house is divided into three spacious flats; one on one level and two spanning two levels. The rear is laid to grass and enclosed by walls.

The 1930’s house

Still a family home some thirty years ago, the five levels of living space are now laid out as three very surprising, independent, character flats, reached via a stairway tower integrated into the carcass.


Ground floor
This first character flat alone, spanning the ground floor and the garden level, could be compared to a little town house with a garden. The ground floor comprises a lounge with a fireplace. The floor is covered with parquet flooring and original floor tiles. It communicates with a dining room. These west-facing rooms are extremely bright. This level also includes a bedroom, a fully fitted kitchen and a vast bathroom and toilet.
Garden level
One section of this garden level completes the first flat and gives direct access to the garden, laid to lawn. It notably comprises two bedrooms, a shower room and a toilet.
First floor
The second flat is composed of a large living room, with solid wood, parquet flooring and exposed beams, three bedrooms, a comfortable kitchen and a vast bathroom. With its high ceilings, it is luminous throughout. It can be reached via the main entrance hall.
Second floor
On the second and third floors of the stairway tower is the double entrance to the third flat which spans these two levels, referred to here as the second and top floors. A spacious entrance hall, with solid wood, parquet flooring, leads, on one side, to a fully fitted kitchen, followed by a small bedroom. On the other side are a bedroom and the entrance to a vast, very bright room, which could be used as a bedroom or a living room. Facing the entrance hall, a welcoming room is enhanced with a period, brick and wood fireplace. It gives direct access to a romantic-looking balcony, with its impressive wooden columns. This balcony can also be reached via the small bedroom. A bathroom and a separate toilet.
Top floor
Reached via the second-floor flat’s wooden stairway, this top floor, the old converted attic, comprises a vast, extremely bright room. Two large skylights face east and two large windows look south. The town, and even the surrounding countryside, can be seen in the distance. A bedroom, a study or a workshop, this level could be used in keeping with the new owners needs and wishes. A door in a corner opens into a little attic, illuminated via a roof dormer.
Basement
Additional to the garden level, it is divided into three cellars, one for each flat. One of them can be reached from the garden via a wide wooden door.

The garden

This quiet, west-facing garden, laid to lawn and spanning a surface area of approx. 100 m², is enclosed by walls. The latter include a set of gates wide enough for a car to pass through. These gates, opening into a neighbouring garden, can, if needed, be used on an ad hoc basis. A right-of-way exists, but has not been used for a number of years. This little natural haven can be reached via the garden level of the first flat as well as via a wide door in one of the house’s cellars.

Our opinion

The proximity of a TGV train station, together with the dynamics of the district and the town make this property a first-class investment. The possible combinations are numerous: the entire house could become a family home following a few conversion works, all three flats could be rented out or two could be rented and the third used for personal accommodation. Moreover, the ground floor was originally used for professional purposes with the personal accommodation on the upper floors. An overall potential of approx. 500 m², with significant rental income, which can be used in keeping with the new owners’ objectives.

345 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 407078

Land registry surface area 252 m2
Reception area30 m2
Living space374 m2
Number of rooms 14
Number of bedrooms 9
Cellar
Balcony
Garden

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NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.

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