Restored listed cottage close to Chichester city centre
A painstaking upgrade to a Georgian house in Chichester may have been nothing short of a labour of love, but it has produced a home that is not only historic, but also luxurious.
A very pretty Grade II listed period cottage dating back to the 1780s, 42 St Pancras is beautifully restored and a short walk from the centre of the city.
The vendor extensively refurbished the property whilst living there.
He said: “The previous owner had been there for about 40 years, so it’s been a little project for us!
“It’s been challenging – the house is Grade II listed and we had to get all the necessary planning permissions in place.
“Our refurbishment included new floors and all internal furniture, re-plumbing and also insulating the loft which, along with the new plumbing system, has made the cottage feel much warmer.”
The vendor said the house is now very well insulated, as this ‘had never been done before’.
He said: “There is also now more bathroom space as the old hot water tank was removed and a new combi boiler and plumbing went in the attic.”
In addition, ‘the front roadside listed windows were fully checked and professionally re-decorated’.
The vendor said transforming the bathroom into a luxurious space for two was a big project: “The whole bathroom has been re-plumbed and laid out with a new shower, drains and a his-and-hers setup.”
He said upgrading the back of the cottage was his ‘favourite part’.
“Originally it was open to everyone on the footpath, but the established boundary of the plot went right to the corner, so the addition of a pair of diagonal electrical gates created privacy and two off-road parking spaces – a real bonus in the city.”
He said he has a second planning application for the rear.
At this point, ‘the garage is fully plastered, with new electrics, downlights and a new door’.
He said: “I split it as it could be a guest bedroom, if we wanted – it has underfloor heating and we currently use it as a little gym, but it could also be a study.”
42 St Pancras’s closeness to town is a big plus: “I think the property would suit either a couple looking to downsize, being only five minutes from the Cross, wanting a place where everything’s been done, or it would be a great home for young professionals.
“What I like best is it is comfortable, has a lovely landscaped garden and a patio with an outside built-in barbecue, plus off-street parking.
“It’s been perfect for us, it’s just that we now need something a bit bigger as our family grows and sadly, therefore, it’s time to move on.”
For more information, or to arrange a viewing, contact Stride & Son, Southdown House, St John’s Street, Chichester. Telephone 01243 782626.
Grade II listed period cottage which has been fully restored and modernisedTwo good sized bedrooms, a newly-fitted bathroom and an open-plan kitchen/dining roomMature garden with patio areaGarage (currently converted for use as studio)Gated parking for two carsShort walk to city centrePrice £420,000