At the heart of it all

The detached property in Hodge Street
The detached property in Hodge Street

The mantra might be location, location, location ... but while this lovely Victorian villa is well situated, that’s not all it has to recommend it.

As far as owner Arlene Sroka is concerned the location of the house in Falkirk’s Hodge Street is ideal.

She always appreciated the fact that the house was so handy for shops, railway stations and schools.

“It’s a great family house – my kids went to Comely Park, so it was just a two minute walk for them to get to school. Then as they got older it was just 15 minutes walk to Falkirk High.

“ It’s also great if you have dogs because it’s so handy for Callendar Park.

“I’ve always loved its location and the fact that you don’t have to get in your car to drive into town – it’s just a short walk!”

But that central location is just one of the house’s good points.

The Victorian villa has been well looked after over the past century or so and still boasts many of the original fixtures and fittings that give it period charm and character.

As well as original woodwork, it also has the original ceiling rose and fabulous deep skirting boards as well as an original fireplace in the lounge.

Huge bay windows allow this room to be flooded with light and – like the rest of the rooms in the house – it is a very generous size, with plenty of room for furniture.

Arlene particularly loves the beautiful wooden staircase, which is also original.

“The bedrooms are all good sized double bedrooms,” she added. “It’s also very flexible. I use a room downstairs as a back sitting room, but it is really a fourth bedroom if that’s how people want to use it.

“It’s a very cosy house and last year I put a wood burning stove in the dining room, which is brilliant. The heat it generates is amazing.”

Another feature of the house that Arlene will miss very much is the lovely mature garden to the front of the house, which attracts the sun all day, being south facing.

Last year, she added a driveway to the side of the house, meaning there is now off-street parking for four cars, which is a huge improvement, says Arlene.

It also has a large kitchen and spacious utility room, as well as an en-suite master bedroom and family bathroom.

Arlene’s own children are now very much grown up, so she no longer needs such a large house but she is in no doubt that it will make a fabulous home for a new family to take over.