So many people are interested in buying a unique 4-bedroom art-deco detached mansion on Penarth’s, Forrest Drive/ Cliff Walk that the property has gone to “sealed bids” which will be opened tomorrow (Friday December 7).
The property has been on the market for only a few days and is said to be “in need of considerable upgrading”.
The cliff-top house in Forrest Road which directly overlooks Bristol Channel was put up for sale by local estate agents David Baker for “offers in excess of £1,000,000”. The phones just didn’t stop ringing .
The house is described as being “located on an excellent, private and spacious plot alongside the Cliff Walk with views across the Channel”.
The estate agents David Baker admit the property requires “extensive upgrading” but describe it as a “rare opportunity to create something special”.
The “spacious entrance hall / lobby” features a “curved door and windows” . There’s a period lounge, dining room, sitting room,a “kitchen diner/ family room “. It was the home of the late Welsh rugby star Gareth Griffiths, who was a former director of the Institute of Welsh Affairs.
More that 30 viewings have been carried out over a period of just 10 days with almost all potential buyers opting for a “second viewing” in addition to their first – indicating that they are serious purchasers.
So far 14 people have been invited to submit “sealed bids” – comprising written details of their offer along with information about their solicitor and a declaration as to whether they would need to dispose of an existing property before buying this one.
Almost all the likely purchasers are said to be either already resident in Penarth or are from the Penarth diaspora – (i.e. people who were brought up in Penarth and who are now intent on returning to live their home town).
There has been speculation that “Winton” – with its large cliff-top garden – might be snapped up by developers, but so far only 2 of the interested buyers are believed to be considering the property for its development potential – as it’s reckoned there is only space for 2 additional top-spec. homes on the plot.
The existing house includes a study, utility room, cloakroom . On the first floor are four large bedrooms – two en-suite – and on the second floor there’s a roof terrace “which has quite unrivalled views over the Bristol Channel”.
There’s a large well-stocked garden, garden room, a patio and – of course – a swimming pool. The Council Tax is “Band I” or £3,472.44 a year.
The sealed bids are to be opened tomorrow afternoon ( Friday) by an independent solicitor and the final decision as to whose offer is accepted will be made by a representative of the late owner’s family who has power of attorney.