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Video: Take a tour of this 19th century beauty up on Cyprus Avenue

An historic 19th century gentleman's residence which just happens to sit on one of Belfast's most famous streets. Stephanie Bell reports...

Sitting proud on one of Belfast's most famous streets this beautiful sandstone semi detached gentleman's residence comes with a rich history dating back to 1877.

Leafy Cyprus Avenue was immortalised in an early hit song by Van Morrison who was struck as a boy by the beauty of the homes in this tree lined street.

Now a conservation area, it is home to some of the city's most striking Victorian and Edwardian properties.

Number 2 was designed by architects Young and McKenzie, and forms a part of two pairs of semi detached residences known as Plevna Villas.

As you would expect the inside is full of character and teaming with original features.

It is a spacious property with three reception rooms and five bedrooms.

It also enjoys a sizeable south facing mature site with delightful gardens to the front and side.

Unusually in its 141 year history this home has had just four owners who have enjoyed its unique qualities.

As soon as you step inside the front door you can see straight away the period architecture which makes this house so special.

The hallway features original cornicing, a picture rail and part wood panelled walls with a mirror inset and built in cupboards.

There is a modern downstairs shower room with vanity unit and PVC panelled walls.

The first reception room will charm you with its mature outlook and fine finishes. There is a semi solid oak wooden floor and a lovely mahogany fireplace with granite hearth and open fire.

This family room leads directly into the kitchen which is a spacious and bright room with ample dining space and modern units. The origins of the house permeate this room too with lovely wood panelled walls.

The kitchen comes with an integrated four ring ceramic hob and high level double oven.

There is also a utility area.

The living room is an elegant space opening into a bay window with high corniced ceilings and a rose, plus a gorgeous marble fireplace with open fire.

There is also a drawing room with ornate cornicing and a feature glass block wall, plus built in cupboards.

On the first floor the family bathroom is modern and stylish with a vanity unit, chrome heated towel rail and panelled bath.

There are five bright bedrooms, one of which is being used as a study.

Outside a sweeping driveway with generous parking leads to a detached timber garage.

The gardens are in lawn to the front and side with boundary hedging, flowerbeds, shrubs, mature trees and raised flowerbeds. There is also a courtyard with outbuildings providing excellent storage.

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