Stray dates in the town’s history

Flat 1, 18 Beech Grove - �575,000 with Carter Jonas, 01423 523423.
Flat 1, 18 Beech Grove - �575,000 with Carter Jonas, 01423 523423.

The Stray has long been considered one of Harrogate’s prime assets, and property overlooking it is highly sought after.

It is the town’s 200-acre “green lung” and in its history has fulfilled a number of functions, from land for grazing and horse exercise to a site for bonfires, fairs, sports days and diamond jubilee ox roasts.

In the first half of the 20th century it was even sometimes used as a temporary airfield.

Nowadays, it is just as important to the character of the town as it ever was, perhaps more so, and even gives its name to the area’s commercial radio station, Stray FM.

In 2011, following a lengthy tussle between supporters and protesters, the 150-year ban on cycling was finally overturned and the Stray has since become an important resource for carbon-zero commuters.

The following four flats all have views of the Stray’s tree-lined fringe and broad, green expanse, and are all currently for sale.

Number 3 Stray Court is a spacious ground-floor apartment with potential on the corner of Princes Villa Road.

It has two bedrooms and two reception rooms, but is in need of general refurbishment and modernisation, and has been sensibly priced for a sale without undue delay.

Then again, it has a security-controlled communal entrance door, is within easy, level walking distance of the town centre and of course has lovely views over York Place Stray.

At the far eastern end of the Stray, flat 2, 2 Granby Road, is a beautifully-presented property occupying the first floor of a stone-built town house.

It has a private, split-level reception hall, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, study and lounge with impressive views over the Knaresborough Road Stray.

Outside, there are well-maintained communal gardens and a garage to the rear of the building.

At the other end of the Stray, flat 3, Charwall Tower is an elegant first-floor property in an impressive stone-built Victorian house on the tree-lined Otley Road.

It has been finished to an exceptionally high standard and retains many of its period features, such as high ceilings and large, arched windows giving superb views over West Park Stray.

The two-bedroom flat also has a private entrance hall with intercom, and a lovely balcony leading from the dining kitchen.

Outside, there is an allocated parking space and single garage with remote-controlled access.

Finally, just around the corner from Charwall Tower is flat 1, 18 Beech Grove, a superb, self-contained property in a beautiful, stone-built semi-detached townhouse within easy walking distance of the town centre.

The ground-floor flat has three bedrooms and two reception rooms, which are at the front of the property and have those fantastic Stray views.

The extensive lower-ground floor has six rooms, four of them easily large enough to convert into new double bedrooms or reception rooms.

There is a private back garden, a shared garden to the front, and a large garage with a storage loft above.