A Whitelees sun trap

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Anyone who has the temerity to rhapsodise about basking in a Cumbernauld garden on a sunny day risks derisive laughter, or worse – because of course we’ve had the most hideous summer most of us can remember.

But it isn’t always like that, and now we’re in July we ‘re starting to see the sort of day that might almost pass muster as “early summer” in more congenial parts of the UK.

So much for the weather report. Why all this is important is that the lovely back garden of the home put up for sale by Donna Milton in Birkenburn Road, Whitelees (through Slater Hogg, Cumbernauld, offers over £100,000) is the sort of hidden treasure that turns a nice property into a fabulous one.

It catches the sun (on the days when there is any) all day long, and is a secluded haven of tranquility – beautifully landscaped, decked and paved – where you can relax and unwind in total comfort.

But of course that’s just one aspect of a property with so much going for it on every level.

Compact, well-organised and beautifully decorated it has recently been completely re-glazed, and has also had a new boiler fitted – mundane but important details which illustrate the care the owner has taken in preparing the home for sale on the open market.

The smart decorative order means anyone who doesn’t fancy moving in to carry out extensive DIY and interior decorating won’t actually need to do anything at all beyond bringing in their personal decorative flourishes.

As a place capable of appealing to all sorts of people this could be a lovely home for a retired couple looking to downsize to something more manageable, or could suit a couple aiming to start a family – it’s five minutes walk from Whitelees Primary too.

But what sort of place is it to actually live in?

Donna said: “Honestly I have loved living here, and although I am looking to move I will be very sorry to leave.

“It is a quiet, secluded road, and you find that most of the people who live here are long term residents who don’t seem to want to be anywhere else.

“I think while the house has everything you expect it to have it’s one of those places that you’ll only know you like when you see it for yourself.”

The individual rooms are exactly what you would expect in a well put-together modern two-bedroom semi-detached, but unlike many other properties with a similar specification there’s a “character”about this spot on Birkenburn Road that puts the whole ensemble in a subtly different league.

All property viewing is more attractive on “good” days, and we may get a few more this month – so a visit to this gem of a property in Whitelees is recommended.