Rail good for a family

Albert Road property has lots of appeal
Albert Road property has lots of appeal

Full of character, a three-minute walk from Comely Park Primary and just two minutes away from Falkirk High Station, this four-bedroomed family house has a lot going for it.

Built in 1933, during the art deco period, it is one of a kind and has become a distinctive local landmark in its own right.

When current owners Barry and Susan Mackay first saw it, they fell in love with it, instantly captivated by the beautiful large entrance hall.

They moved in in 2004 and describe their lovely family home as a “labour of love”, modernising it for comfort while carefully preserving the period features.

Any changes made have been careful to fit in with the house’s character, so the kitchen has in-built appliances but has a Belfast sink, solid oak worktops and flooring for a traditional feel.

With four bedrooms, Barry says the house is ideal for a family.

“Our son is no longer at home but we brought him and our daughter up here and they were very happy.

“Being a three-minute walk from Comely Park was very useful. I would also have to say we have very good neighbours who we became good friends with and we will miss them.”

“It’s ideal for commuting – my wife worked in Edinburgh until recently and she could be at her desk within half an hour of leaving the house! And yet, although we’re so close to the station, we don’t hear the trains at all.”

When they’re not in the office, both Barry and Susan are keen gardeners, and they have spent many hours transforming the garden into a mature haven planted with lovely shrubs as well as flower beds and a lawn area.

It has been carefully designed to make the most of every drop of Scottish sun, not to mention the spectacular views over Falkirk and across to the Hillfoots.

“I like the fact that the garden wraps round the entire house,” said Barry. “We have a raised patio and a seating area further to the back where we can enjoy the evening sun.”

It was their fantastic view that inspired them to knock down the kitchen wall and extend to create a spacious kitchen and garden room, whose glass walls make an ideal spot to enjoy the location whatever the weather.

From a practical point of view too, the garden has much to recommend it, with off-street parking for three cars and two garages, both of which have power and light, while one has a workbench.

“We’ll be very sad to leave the house,” said Barry. “If we weren’t moving to Stirling, we wouldn’t leave it.”