Property of the month – January
by Housesimple on 2nd February 2017
If a move to the seaside (with high-speed train links to London) sounds right up your street, then we've got the perfect property for you. This Grade 2 listed 5-bedroom townhouse in Vale Square, Ramsgate's most exclusive postcode, is like a little slice of Fournier Street. The difference is that it's in Kent, with property prices much lower than in Spitalfields. Accepting offers over £850,000, we think this is an absolute steal.
Spread yourself out
When you buy a listed property there are often restrictions on renovations and extensions. Luckily, with four floors to spread yourself over, this spacious late Georgian/ early Victorian townhouse has more than enough room for a big family. The huge kitchen and dining space is made for dinner parties. It backs onto an internal courtyard with plenty of seating – perfect for summer barbecues. Downstairs there's a big basement where you'll find a home office and a cosy snug (lovely for winter evenings curled up with your favourite book). There's also a spacious wine cellar.
Period features and quirky finishes
The previous owners took interior design seriously. The first floor bathroom is home to a copper bathtub, authentic Spanish tiling and a vintage Thomas Crapper toilet – no sniggering at the back. Original Victorian fireplaces can be found throughout the house and one of the bedrooms has its own walk-in wardrobe.
Exclusive outdoor space
As well as a secluded courtyard and front garden, this property also has private use of the middle section of the communal gardens in Vale Square. This is just under one acre, with croquet lawns and listed fruit-bearing trees, like walnut, fig and olive. If you've picked your fill of your own posh produce, there's a Waitrose less than a five-minute walk away.
Did someone say 'beach'?
Margate gets all the love, but Ramsgate has plenty going for it too. Take a look at the sandy, south-facing beach. As most property hunters know, south-facing means more sunshine hours. This property is just a five-minute walk from the seafront, so you won't have to run back too far if you forget to pop your suncream in your bag.