Newcastle home with fascinating history hits market after incredible six-figure makeover


A magnificent 1900s Victorian property in Jesmond that was once a maze of gites for poor and retired governesses, has been transformed into three stunning family homes.

No 13 Highbury has undergone a major six-figure refurbishment to convert it into three separate family homes.

Each has sweeping views of the Town Moor and forms part of a prestigious terrace, where three-storey houses typically fetch a price of around £700,000.

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Independent Estate Agent in Newcastle, Areas of the hivewho advised on the renovation strategy and designed the homes, is launching the newly renovated properties at an American-style open house next Thursday (February 24).

As expected, many house hunters have already shown interest in 13 Highbury, Lavender House and Moor Lodge following an Instagram-led marketing campaign developed and implemented by Hive Estates.

Hive Estates Managing Director Michael Mortimer said: “We are incredibly excited for the ‘big reveal’.

“These properties are a perfect example of how we’re changing the way estate agencies work, not just sticking them on Rightmove and putting a board outside, but advising and styling them creatively, or designing and selling them through effective marketing campaigns that embrace social media platforms to reach diverse and wide audiences.

“The location of these homes is spectacular – they offer serene views over the town of Moor, whilst being minutes from a wonderful array of cafes and shops in Jesmond and Newcastle town centre, with great schools on their doorstep.”

The three properties are also on the market at three different price points, with Lavender House seeking offers over £450,000, Moor Lodge in the ballpark at £500,000 and 13 Highbury respectively for offers of £425,000 or more.

Those interested in taking a closer look at the properties are invited to attend the open house next week.

The property in 1996, when Tim and Sarah originally purchased it

Prior to 1996, when the current owner purchased Highbury House, the imposing red-brick property was owned by the Northern Ladies Annuity Society.

It was then divided into several studios which housed governesses who had not married or who were widowed and had fallen on hard times.

Each apartment had a sink and cooking facilities and there were shared bathrooms and living areas as a staple.

A modern and refined kitchen in the newly renovated property
A modern and refined kitchen in the newly renovated property

In the Victorian era, many aristocrats and wealthy families employed house governesses to teach their daughters the skills they would need for future marriage and domestic life.

The Northern Ladies Annuity Society, which was formed in 1868 to help retired widows and low-income single women, sold the property – then known as Lavender Lodge – to Tim Price and his wife Sarah, in the 1980s. 1990.

The Prices converted the house into a very large five-bedroom family home and had two children there – Sam in 1998 and Josh in 2000.

They lived a happy life at Highbury House until 2002 when Tim’s job took him to work in Manchester and he kept the property as an investment.

Tim Price and his wife Sarah
Tim Price and his wife Sarah

Until 2019, Mr. Price rented the house to students.

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