WITH ITS bats, skulls and black and blood-red colour scheme, this spooky house in Scarborough may not be to everyone’s taste. Yet the home described as “perfect for the Addams Family” is Yorkshire’s most unlikely des res and has brought a queue of buyers.
The Gothic-style property went on the market with a price tag of £155,000 and has been snapped up by the first person who viewed it.
Owner Karen Woodward, better-known as Kaz, said: “There’s a lot of packing to do and I will really miss the house. It’s like my baby and I’ve put a lot of effort into it.”
Ms Woodward, who runs a popular vintage store on Eastborough, bought the enormous nine-bedroom terraced home six years ago.
A regular visitor to Whitby, she and her former partner hatched a plan to move from her home city of Coventry to run a guest house on Yorkshire’s east coast. They bought the former B&B to renovate but never opened for business
Instead, she used her creative background in theatrical costume design to theme the property and fill it with macabre, antiquated and fantastical finds. All the floorboards and most of the furniture have been painted black. The walls are a mix of ebony paint and wood-panel effect wallpaper. Elaborate drapes have been fashioned from her collection of old saris and her love of candles is most evident.
“I’m not a Goth but I like the style and, although the rooms might look a bit spooky, everyone who comes here comments on how warm and homely it feels,” she said.
The property, which is on Trafalgar Square in the sought-after Peasholm/North Bay area, was of interest to investors so Ms Woodward is thrilled that the buyer is keen to keep the decor as it is.
She said: “I thought the house might take a long time to sell because of the décor but the person who is buying it likes the style and he has asked about buying some of the furniture. I am really pleased about that because I would’ve been heartbroken if it had gone to someone who wanted to turn it into flats.”
Clark Morton, manager of Reed Rains Scarborough, which marketed the property, said: “In this instance, we’ve already had enquiries from people who enjoy the Gothic culture and who would be seriously interested to live in the property as it stands, with few changes made to its decor.”