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Seller Insight Tucked away in a quiet corner of St Leonards-on-Sea is Number 1 Mercatoria Place, an elegant Georgian home that was designed by eminent architect James Burton – who developed much of the seaside town in the early 19th Century. The building began life as a carpentry workshop and was used during the construction of the town, and it later became the church hall, however in 2002 half of the building was converted into this spacious and very stylish home. “I was actually living in London and was in a position to be able to offer on a property, when I happened upon the details for this house,” says Caroline, “so I decided to take a look, and I have to say I walked in and immediately fell in love with it.” “In terms of layout and size the house was absolutely perfect, however some of the décor was not really to my taste, so I’ve made a number of changes that I feel have really enhanced the property. When it was featured on Channel 4’s Homes by the Sea I received nothing but high praise for the work I’ve done.” “In my mind the whole place is about light, so one of the first things I did was to cover one entire wall in galvanised steel. It not only looks extremely impressive, but it also reflects a tremendous amount of light into the large, open-plan sitting and dining room. I’ve also decorated using pale greys and silver, and my smokey-grey chandeliers really add a touch of elegance. There is exposed brickwork in both the living room and the kitchen, which hint at the history of the building, but elements such as the steel wall and brushed steel kitchen units give it a more contemporary feel. I suppose I’d describe the style as that of a London warehouse apartment; it’s wonderful.” “French doors from the living room open straight out onto the garden which wraps around the front and side of the property,” continues Caroline. “When I came here the planting was quite aggressive and spikey, but over the years I’ve softened both the look and feel and planted flowers that reflect the colours of the house. It’s a lovely space and one that feels quite tucked away, so for me it’s been an oasis of calm. The standout room in the house would definitely be the living and dining area,” says Caroline. “It’s a big open space that’s ideal for work, pleasure and parties; that’s very important to me, the house as a whole has to work in every way.” “The house sits in a part of the town that’s extremely quiet; I don’t hear any traffic noise,” says Caroline. “There’s a nice community feel – which coming from London is very refreshing – and I’m just a stone’s throw from all of the wonderful shops, restaurants and galleries, and also just a short walk from the seafront. I’d say I’ll probably miss everything about the house,” says Caroline. “It’s been wonderful to have such a great entertaining space and the ambiance of the house as a whole is fabulous. I’ll definitely be sad to leave.”* * These comments are the personal views of the current owner and are included as an insight into life at the property. They have not been independently verified, should not be relied on without verification and do not necessarily reflect the views of the agent.
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Step inside 1 Mercatoria Place
Tucked away from view is this beautiful Georgian era period conversion. Formerly used as a carpentry workshop, the property was designed and built in around 1830 by famous architects - James and Decimus Burton, who were responsible for the development of the beautiful Georgian buildings that now make up the town of St Leonards-OnSea. Over the years the building has had various uses, but was finally converted to this unusual residential home in around 2002.This lovely home really captures the essence of Georgian design, with elegant lines, tall casement windows, high ceilings and a super sweeping staircase, yet has had some stunning modern twists added such as a stainless steel kitchen, and feature wall to the lounge, that really complement the building and pay homage to its former use. The home itself is full of surprises, and the sweeping staircase in the entrance hall is just the first of many. The lounge is a glorious open space with tall windows and doors that lead out to the private courtyard garden. Feature walls of brick and steel compete for your attention and then you notice the finer details such as period radiators and floor to ceiling doors that lead into the contemporary stainless steel kitchen. As you move up the stairs you will notice how light and bright the property is and the landing at the top leads to all 4 bedrooms. The master bedroom has a lovely view over the gardens, plus an en-suite shower room with rainfall shower. The family bathroom has a matching suite, and soothing colour changing lighting. Outside, there is private off street parking on the gravel driveway at the front and a gated electronic entrance leads into the private garden which is fully enclosed with original stone walls and shrub borders. To the rear is a good size sunny enclosed courtyard with specimen plants and shrubs, raised decking, and a storage shed with awning. This wonderful home is located close to the popular Norman Road shopping area with art galleries and boutiques, please a short distance from the train station, Warrior Square and the seafront promenade of St LeonardsOn-Sea.
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THE HOUSE ENTRANCE HALL Part glazed front door leads into the main hall. Stripped and polished wooden flooring, cast iron period radiator and lovely tall skirting boards are some of the features. Entryphone system and handset for the front gate. Large multi paned Georgian window on the stairwell and a wide sweeping staircase with decorative turned spindles and newel post leads to the first floor. Door to the cloakroom and through into the lounge. CLOAKROOM Casement window to the rear. Unusual circular corner wash basin and matching W.C. Recently fitted Worcester Bosch combination gas boiler. Hatch leading to the under stair storage area and cupboard. Laminated flooring. LOUNGE/DINER A stunning open plan room which is made light and bright by almost floor to ceiling sash windows and matching patio doors that open out onto the south facing courtyard garden. Feature ceiling height of 11â€™ with open brickwork to one wall and a lovely brick fireplace with inset cast iron wood burning stove and stone hearth. Built in range of brick shelving at one end. Stunning contrasting stainless steel panels line the adjoining wall, giving the room a hint of its previous industrial nature. Matching period radiators. Stripped and polished wooden flooring. Matching floor to ceiling sliding doors lead into the kitchen. KITCHEN Fitted with a high quality range of stainless steel contemporary units, the kitchen has a comprehensive range of steel fronted cabinets and drawers with contrasting wooden butchers block style work surfaces, a four ring induction ceramic hob, integrated double oven, inset sink, open utensil wall rack, integrated dishwasher and space for a washing machine and fridge/freezer. There are recessed spot lights over the work surfaces, multiple power points and a stainless steel extractor hood. Large casement sash window to the front. Wooden flooring.
FIRST FLOOR LANDING Large casement windows allow the natural light to fill the landing and cascade down the elegant turned period staircase, a real feature of this house, plus provide a wonderful outlook over the gardens beyond. Period moulded cornicing, tall skirting boards and period radiator continue the feel upstairs. Large built-in cupboards provide plenty of storage and hanging space. Wooden flooring. Access to loft space. MASTER BEDROOM Beautifully decorated, with a large casement sash window giving a light and bright southerly view over the gardens and beyond. Period features include tall skirting boards, moulded plaster cornice and ornate radiator. Wooden flooring. Door to the en-suite shower room. ENSUITE Chrome and glass shower cubicle with polished chrome fittings, large rainfall shower head, wash hand basin in vanity unit with cupboards under, W.C,. tiled mosaic walls, chrome heated towel rail, spotlights, illuminated mirror and strip light with shaver socket, glass shelving, and tiled flooring. BEDROOM 2 Good size double bedroom, again tastefully decorated, with a large casement sash window with a lovely view out over the gardens. Period features include tall skirting boards, moulded plaster cornice, ornate radiator and wooden flooring. BEDROOM 3 This bedroom has a high casement sash window with far reaching views over the pretty rooftops of the town. Period features include the tall skirting boards, moulded cornice and wooden flooring. BEDROOM 4/ STUDY Ideal as a single bedroom or study room, with casement sash window with views over the garden. Period features include tall skirting boards, moulded cornice, ornate radiator and wooden flooring. BATHROOM Matching suite comprising white panelled bath with polished chrome fittings and folding glass screen. Feature display recess with glass shelving and mirror, plus colour changing LED mood lighting. Fitted mirrored cupboard, W.C., raised circular wash hand basin with vanity cupboards below, heated chrome towel rail, tall skirting boards and wooden flooring.
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1 Mercatoria Place OUTSIDE
DRIVEWAY Follow through the arch on Mercatoria and you will find the gravelled driveway providing parking for 2 cars at the far end. The area is made secure by old stone and brick walls with shrub borders. A private gated entrance with entryphone system and electronic release leads you through into the front garden. FRONT GARDEN Mature flower and shrub borders line the pathway down to the front door. There are pretty landscaped beds that follow round to the rear, interspersed with a gravelled walkway to the pretty painted store and covered veranda. REAR GARDEN Beautifully sunny and south facing, made private by old stone walls and close boarded fencing. Paved patio area outside the French doors leads up to a further brick paved patio, and patch of maintenance free lawn, plus lovely raised planters and beds full of specimen shrubs and plants, semi tropical foliage, silver birch tree, hydrangeas, honeysuckle, lavender and red-hot pokers. There is a pretty painted storage shed with additional covered veranda, and various seating areas for you to enjoy.
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Agents Notes: All measurements are approximate and quoted in imperial with metric equivalents and for general guidance only and whilst every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy, they must not be relied on. The fixtures, fittings and appliances referred to have not been tested and therefore no guarantee can be given that they are in working order. Internal photographs are reproduced for general information and it must not be inferred that any item shown is included with the property. For a free valuation, contact the numbers listed on the brochure. Copyright ÂŠ 2017 Fine & Country Ltd. Company Reg No. 06959315 Registered Office: Morgan Alexander Kent Ltd (formerly Fine & Country Kent Ltd.) 36 King Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1BS. Printed 09.08.2017
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Published on Aug 9, 2017