Coastal bungalow renovation with panoramic sea views and its own steps to the beach

By Joanne Ridout

For many people, a trip to the beach consists of traffic, finding a car park space, and lugging a huge ensemble of 'must-have' beach accessories to eventually find your perfect spot on the sand.

Like a mobile, human form of popular balancing game KerPlunk, there's beach chairs, wind-breaks, clothing for all weathers and, of course, the obligatory bucket and spade (whether you end up using them or not), to navigate down the beach steps, or harder still down the rocks, before you even get to the sand.

Then there's the freezing cold sea, meaning the impossibly tight wetsuit is required. There's sand in your ice cream, sun cream in your eyes and seaweed stuck to your picnic blanket. And we love it.

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But what if you were one of the lucky few who could just leisurely stroll down your rear garden steps to the beach in literally a 10-second walk from sofa to sand?

What if the beach was at the bottom of your garden?

As well as guaranteed, uninterrupted sea views all day, every day, the beach visiting stress would be a thing of the past - you could even forget something and go back home with zero dramas.

But an abode by the beach is becoming even more prime real estate since the Covid-19 pandemic, with more house hunters prioritising location and lifestyle over urban existence - if they can afford it.

A sea view home has always commanded a premium price, but now with demand rising and supply shrinking, if you want the ocean as your immediate neighbour and sea views as your constant companion at most windows, and space too, then you had better have the budget to match.

If your home buying budget is not bulging, there are apartments and smaller coastal homes that can be found but they are also flying out of the estate agents' windows at great speed.

(Anthony Flint, Llandudno / rightmove)
(Anthony Flint, Llandudno / rightmove)
(Anthony Flint, Llandudno / rightmove)

If the budget is healthy the options, of course, increase but you'll have to be quick in this current property market.

A plot of land by the sea has come onto the market that provides not only super fast steps to the beach and mesmerising sea views, but also choices to ponder.

At this mid-century sea view chalet bungalow there's the chance to add value by conducting a full renovation project or blow the budget completely by knocking it down and building a new, contemporary dream home on the site, if planning permission is granted, of course.

Whatever a new owner does with this property by the sea built in the 1970s, the location is always going to be unique.

Plenty of space for the cars (Anthony Flint, Llandudno / rightmove)
Plenty of space in the side garden for a deck chair (Anthony Flint, Llandudno / rightmove)
Plenty of windows and doors to enjoy the view (Anthony Flint, Llandudno / rightmove)

The estate agent selling the home sets the scene perfectly, stating the beachside home is a prized location within the vicinity, elevated above the 'picturesque, arced swathe of sand and shingle coastline, running from the Little Orme to Rhos on Sea Point and frequented by seals and a wide variety of sea birds'.

So the neighbours, although sometimes a bit noisy, are pretty unique too.

What a chance to immerse yourself in beach life and coastal wildlife, but only after you have decided what to do here, and the choice will affect how long it will be until you can skip down the garden steps to the shoreline every day.

Sunny terrace is a special spot (Anthony Flint, Llandudno / rightmove)
Endless amounts of gorgeous sunsets over the sea awaits you (Anthony Flint, Llandudno / rightmove)

The bungalow is called 'Wide Horizon' and that's pretty accurate, and not just in relation to the views, but to the site in the immediate future.

The amount of work here could create a wide horizon of paint pots and wallpaper if a basic make-over is decided upon, or maybe a sea of skips on the large driveway if a full renovation is on the horizon.

Or maybe someone who adores authentic and original retro interior design will just pull up and pull out their flares and disco ball and enjoy living at this mid-century gem just as it is.

At the front of the house the integrated garage could become extra accommodation as the driveway can easily embrace up to four cars.

Then into the house itself and there are three levels of flexible accommodation that can be reworked to perfection for the next owner.

On the ground floor there's a bedroom and bathroom off the central entrance hall at the side and front, and then at the rear, boasting all the views, are the living spaces.

Large lounge runs the depth of the house (Anthony Flint, Llandudno / rightmove)
Dining room has patio doors to the garden terrace too (Anthony Flint, Llandudno / rightmove)
Yippee, the retro kitchen comes complete with hatch (Anthony Flint, Llandudno / rightmove)

The kitchen, dining room and lounge are currently all separate rooms but the temptation is surely to swing the sledgehammer and create one, incredible space, flooded with views and light.

Of course, anything structural needs expert advice as the first floor suddenly appearing on the ground floor is an unplanned vertical open-plan space you definitely don't want.

Currently the lounge can shout the loudest regarding the best features, flowing from the front to the back of the property and then out onto the sunny sea view terrace via patio doors.

The dining room, although smaller, can compete with its own patio doors and the kitchen is all about those awesome retro units.

And happy days, there is a hatch - a much maligned feature from the 1970s that was actually very useful during that era when open-plan design was still developing, even if it did make you feel like you were queuing up to get your school dinners.

Can't be an authentic mid-century home without a touch of avocado (Anthony Flint, Llandudno / rightmove)
Two upper bedrooms have mesmerising views (Anthony Flint, Llandudno / rightmove)
There's a bedroom on the ground floor too (Anthony Flint, Llandudno / rightmove)

The bungalow has some cool original retro features that, if you want your decor to be authentic, are a joy to find.

These include the much ripped out, but now the much missed by many people, avocado bathroom suite - although in this property it's only partly represented with just a basin and shower unit, but still showcasing the colour that symbolised 1970s decor, in conjunction with shades of brown and orange.

Retro frosted glass internal doors are classics, bringing back memories of Nan's house or childhood homes for many.

But while glass internal doors are a great option for light sharing and teasing people with glimpses of spaces beyond to visit, these are not currently safe so either need attention or need replacing.

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Throughout, the obviously well-loved house is neat and tidy and can be happily lived in while the new owner puts their own stamp on each room. No need for a caravan in the garden while you do the work here, although the view would be tremendous.

Upstairs there are two more bedrooms with two more chances to gaze at the ocean from the windows, plus a family bathroom.

There's also a space dedicated to home working on the large landing that then leads to the loft space of the garage that could also be utilised further.

To the basement on the lower ground floor finally and, although not connected internally and only accessed from an external door at the side of the property and used for storage, this extra space has extra potential to create more amazing rooms should planning allow.

The king of the castle lives here (Anthony Flint, Llandudno / rightmove)
Castle battlements in garden over-looking the sea makes this the best sandcastle on the beach (Anthony Flint, Llandudno / rightmove)

The garden is a series of levels to merge into the slope of the site, with the top terrace the obvious place to park yourself, but there are castle-style terraces featuring battlements at the base of the steps before you get to the beach, handy if the sea gulls ever try to invade.

If your home is your castle, then this one is surely your perfect sand castle.

The brilliant bungalow at the beach on a prime coastal spot at Penrhyn Beach East in Conwy county is on the market for offers in excess of £650,000 with estate agent Anthony Flint, call the Llandudno branch on 01492 877418 to find out more.

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