Original features and character
One of the best parts of owning a period property, is they come with beautiful original features, such as wooden beams, bay windows, original larders, or open fireplaces. Period properties have the sense of individuality which can only be obtained through years of history adding, subtracting, improving, and making new again. Families will have lived, grown, and moved on, but the house is still there, waiting for its next owners to come and care for it. You may come across anything, from a wishing well in the garden, to perhaps original coving and fireplaces which may have been hidden somewhere along the line. One thing is for certain, the house will never be boring.
More often than not, period homes come with more space and storage than houses built in the last 40 – 50 years. With under the stairs storage and outhouses, to much larger and grander bedrooms, living spaces and dining rooms. These factors can be incredibly appealing to growing families and professionals who work from home, all of which are given the space they need and deserve. The extra space within the house also opens the door to opportunities you may not have in a new build property.
A story to tell
They say a picture speaks a thousand words, but there doesn’t seem to be such a phrase for a period home. People come and go, families live and grow. There may be hidden marks under the wallpaper measuring the children’s height, exposed beams the original owner put into place with the help of his sons or the stained-glass windows designed specifically for that house. We are lucky to live in a country that is full of history and culture, and even luckier to live in Dorset with its first known settlement around 12,500 BC. Every town and village has its own unique and incredible story to tell, so inevitably, the houses will too and what a conversation starter that will be.
Magpies aren’t the only creatures on earth attracted to the beautiful things in life. When we search for a house, we have an idea in our mind of what we are looking for aesthetically. Whether it’s a symmetrical frontage, or a thatched roof and a white picket fence, period properties always have a lot to say when viewed from the outside. These features create a home and what more welcoming thought is that!
5. Maintaining value
Character features and individuality will always be sought after. Where there’s demand, there’s a good investment!