A spacious bungalow with its own swimming pool that has sweeping sea views, direct access to a pebble beach and is commutable to Cardiff sounds like a very inviting rental proposition.
But add in the fact it used to be home to actor, singer and musical theatre star John Barrowman and it now becomes a very unique property to potentially become your new home.
The quiet cul-de-sac has become well known among local residents for its celebrity neighbour who was born in Glasgow, Scotland but raised in Joilet, Illinois, USA.
Arguably Barrowman’s most well known role was as Captain Jack Harkness in BBC Cymru Wales’ popular television programmes Doctor Who and Torchwood.
More recently John appeared on ITV’s I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! where his regular use of the word fabulous to describe things became an instant catchphrase with viewers.
But the talented and popular entertainer is also a successful musical theatre star.
John has appeared to critical acclaim in many West End and Broadway productions including Anything Goes with Elaine Paige and as Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard.
Many months of location filming in Cardiff and the surrounding area for BBC Cymru Wales saw John spending most of his time based in the region.
And so began his documented love of Wales and its people, which resulted in John purchasing local properties including this Sully bungalow.
According to property portal Rightmove, the property last changed owners in December 2007 for £725,000 and has not been sold since.
Despite having a well publicised and well attended ‘garage sale’ at the bungalow in 2010, and although the actor now resides mainly in California, John is still very much connected to Wales.
He appears to have kept the Sully bungalow plus an apartment in Cardiff Bay that both briefly appear on his social media accounts when he’s back in the country.
At the time of the clear-out of the bungalow John said: “I’m just a regular citizen holding a normal garage sale to clear out a load of old junk and raise money for charity.”
On the day of the garage sale, outside the property was parked John’s blue Peugeot 407 estate on sale for just under £7,000 while wardrobes, sofas and dressers were being auctioned off.
Tables were piled high with kitchen equipment from expensive Denby dining sets to silver table-top candelabras.
At the time one neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: “It’s nice to see he’s part of the community.”
Barrowman’s publicly declared love of Cardiff and Wales has become undeniable over the years, with the star not only keeping a base here but also starring in pantomime at the New Theatre, Cardiff and supporting many local charities.
John even chose Wales’ capital city as the location for his civil partnership ceremony to his now husband, architect Scott Gill.
But not everything inside the star’s Sully property ended up in the garage sale and ultimately in someone else’s home.
As a picture from John’s twitter account in 2012 shows, some of the decor in the bungalow remains, such as artwork and lamps; just don’t expect to see Captain Jack Harkness’ iconic grey trench coat hanging up inside the wardrobe.
However there are clues to John’s background also still hiding in plain sight inside the property; on cushions.
In one bedroom there are cushions emblazoned with the Scottish national flag as a tribute to the country of his birth.
The stars and stripes flag of the United States are on another bed and represent the country where he grew up and now predominantly resides.
However the dragon of the Welsh flag roars in pride of place in the lounge.
In total the property has four bedrooms and a spacious living area that spans the whole back of the property, ensuring the panoramic sea views flood into the home.
The lounge and dining room are an open-plan split level space with patio doors out onto the sunny terrace and the inviting heated swimming pool beyond.
This space then descends a few steps into another inviting lounge, with a feature fireplace and another set of floor to ceiling glass doors into the garden.
The home has four bedrooms and an office that could be a fifth, a large kitchen, bathroom, master ensuite and utility room.
Outside the private garden is a joy to behold; the swimming pool and the uninterrupted, sweeping sea views across the Bristol Channel to Somerset and access to the pebble beach below are all compelling reasons to want to spend time living in this fabulous property.
And with John’s known love of dogs, it’s no surprise to discover that the new tenant at the bungalow is allowed to bring their pet.
But they don’t need to bring any furniture as the estate agent letting the property states it’s being rented out fully furnished.
Of course such an amazing seaside location in the Vale of Glamorgan, so handy for commuting to Cardiff as well as visiting Torchwood and Doctor Who filming locations, means the rental is at the higher end of the market at £2,700 per calendar month.
For further information contact the letting agent ACJ Properties on 029 2041 5161.
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