By John Grainger, Property editor
For a lot of householders, two-bed flats are ideal.
Whether compact or spacious, they typically provide one bedroom for the owner(s) and one for guests. Or possibly – if the owners fall out – one each.
Two-bed flats tend to be popular with childless/child-free households, which often, but not always, means the younger and older ends of the market.
Another feature these two kinds of buyer share is that, while they may appreciate trees and grass, they might not always have the time or energy to look after a garden.
Which means that two-bed flats with a view of some greenery command a premium.
There’s one very sumptuously decorated two-bedroom flat on the market in Knightsbridge that doesn’t have a garden, but does overlook the picture-perfect tree-lined lawns of Ennismore Square. It costs £14.5 million – and the price doesn’t even include the £14,000 annual service charge.
By contrast, in south Wales, you can find a two-bed flat with country views (and dry-ish walls) for just £17,000.
In our district, of course, properties fall between these extremes, without exception. The following four two-bedroom flats all have grassy views and are all for sale in Harrogate.
At 33 Mornington Crescent, flat 2 (main pic, above) is on the first-floor of a stone-built townhouse just east of the town centre.
It’s well-presented and secure, with entryphone system, and has a lounge and dining room.
It is also set well back from the main Skipton Road and fronts onto a broad patch of grass that may or may not be a part of the Stray – it depends who you ask – but which certainly looks and feels like it.
To the south side of town, flat 3, 10 Royal Crescent (top) is a duplex apartment in Harrogate’s Victorian answer to Bath’s famous Georgian row of the same name.
It’s well-appointed and spacious, has a private parking space to the rear, and is excellently located for both the commute to Leeds and the walk into Harrogate.
To the front are not only communal gardens, but Stray views beyond.
Heading into the centre of town, flat 1, 14 Prospect Place (middle) is a luxuriously spacious apartment occupying the ground and lower-ground floors of a converted townhouse.
It is in excellent order and has the benefit – rare in town centre properties – of an enclosed rear garden area (exclusive to this flat) with pond.
To the front are two allocated parking spaces, the perennially photogenic Prospect Gardens, and the Stray beyond.
Finally, flat 3 of the White House, at 10 Park Parade (above), is on the ground floor of a late-Georgian villa built around 1840 as the original mayor of Harrogate’s personal home.
Italianate in influence, it still has many of its original features, including the tiled entrance hall, sweeping staircases and intricate plasterwork.
It has about an acre of communal gardens, complete with fountain and blossom trees.
There is allocated parking, security lighting, video entry system – and a management charge of £230 a month.
One of its best features, of course, is its location: overlooking the Stray with large windows facing Harrogate’s oldest place of worship, Christ Church.