The colour scheme in this Edwardian home in Moseley would seem to hint at an owner with an artistic streak.
They have spurned safe neutrals and dull beiges in favour of something a little more vivid.
A rear reception room has bright green walls that echo the hues coming in from the garden. The front reception has terracotta tones and splashes of red. And the master bedroom is all aglow in yellow.
Grasmere is wonderful family home that has clearly been well lived in.
It is in need of some updating now but has enormous scope for subtle renovation that could take full advantage of its classic features.
The detached house is in Wake Green Road, on the fringes of Moseley village.
Outside it has the Tudor elements of black and white half timbering that can often be found on houses from the Arts and Crafts era.
Other interesting features include a balcony level on the first floor and a hexagonal bay on one corner that stretches up two floors.
The balcony creates a porch above the front door which leads into the large reception hall with herringbone patterned brick to the floor. Stained glass in the windows and front door add an extra element of beauty to the space.
Doors on one side of the hall and beneath the stairs lead off to the guest cloakroom and toilet, and to a utility room.
On the other side there are the two main reception rooms.
Each is very well-proportioned, one stretching to 19’5” and the other to 17’5”.
The one at the back has a bay that protrudes into the garden and has doors out to a terrace.
The other has the unusual tower-like bay to one corner, creating an ideal nook for reading, painting or perhaps taking tea in.
Both of the rooms have period style fireplaces.
Between the rear reception room and kitchen there is a good-sized study.
The kitchen itself has traditional pine style units to one end and space for a large breakfast/dining table at the other.
But at 22’8” by 12’6” (at its widest) it has bags of potential for a makeover.
It might even be possible to extend into the garage/lean-to and store rooms next to it, creating a fantastic cooking/dining/family space.
On the first floor there are four bedrooms, all of them a great size (the smallest is 12’4” by 11’9”).
The master bedroom has a hexagonal nook that mirrors the one on the ground floor below. Surrounded by windows, it is the perfect space for a dressing/make up table. It could also be used as a space for relaxing with a book or sketch pad.
There is one main bathroom on this floor, complete with corner bath, shower and sink. Next to it there is a separate toilet. Two of the bedrooms do have sinks in them.
Given the size of the rooms, there is ample space to create en suites.
A door from the guest bedroom at the front of the house leads out on to the balcony.
A second floor offers four more rooms, some of them with sloping ceilings in parts. Again all of them are doubles (the smallest is 10’11” by 8’7”). They also open up lots of possibilities for different uses. Several of them could create a suite for teens, or the largest could be turned into a media/cinema room.
This floor also has a bathroom and a separate toilet. A small lower ground floor area would make an ideal wine cellar.
The back garden is enclosed and enjoys the late morning and afternoon sunlight. It is lawned and stocked with a variety of shrubs, ornamental trees and flowering plants. To the north side of the house, a modest garden area is overlooked by the striking oriel windows.
On the south side there is a lean-to with garden store and toilet.
AGENT: Fine & Country
TEL: 0121 746 6400
GUIDE PRICE: £750,000