When Andrew Davies decided to use Dawsons Estate Agent to sell his house he did not expect to be dealing with the same member of staff who he bought the property from 20 years before.
“In these days of where you see the growth of online estate agents it’s nice to see that you can still get a personal touch from a local estate agent like Dawsons,” said Andrew.
“I think it’s great that we are dealing with the same company and even the same staff we did two decades ago.”
Tracy Sturgess, an associate at Dawsons’ Morriston branch, remembered only too well handing over the keys to Andrew back in 1997.
“It is great to be dealing with Andrew again and it’s fantastic to see how the property has been transformed and developed in the past 20 years since we sold it,” said Tracy.
“Having sold the property all those years ago it really is fantastic that Andrew has come back to us after all this time. It really does go to show the local touch does count for a lot these days.”
Quite a lot has changed since Andrew and his wife Anna moved into 33 Smithfield Road in Pontardawe on the same day that newly elected Prime Minister Tony Blair moved into No. 10.
The property has undergone significant development and improvement since the original purchase. It is now back on the market for £285,000 but is almost unrecognisable from the house Mr and Mrs Davies purchased 20 years ago.
“When we saw the property we fell in love with it and some 3 months later purchased from Dawsons. We saw its potential, and the space available – especially with the size of the garden,” revealed Andrew.
“Over the years we have extended the house three times in 1999, 2005, and 2012.”
In that time they have added an extra bedroom and utility room, later a new dining room and lastly a new kitchen as well as adding an office, master bedroom, playroom and lounge.
It is now an immaculate four double bedroom detached family home. The accommodation comprises a 23′ lounge, 26′ fitted ‘Cream’ kitchen/diner family room with integrated appliances, a further sitting room, utility room, ground floor cloakroom, family bathroom, master suite with bedroom, en-suite and study.
The property benefits from gas combination heating and UPVC double glazing. Externally there is a good size private mature enclosed garden together with driveway and garage.
So why are the Davies family selling?
“We have two children who have never lived anywhere else, one is starting University this year and the other is in his second year of A levels. So, both will have fled the Smithfield nest quite soon,” explained Andrew.
“And it has always been our desire to live by the sea so we are looking to move to the Gower area.”
Added Andrew: “The house in Pontardawe has been a great family home full of fantastic memories but we just feel it’s time to move on.”