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The Househunter: A house by the sea

16th April 2021
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Right it’s official, the lockdown is easing and we’re officially allowed to spend the night away from home (in our bubbles) so I thought we should take a trip to the seaside, in our own virtual bubble, to look at this huge Georgian townhouse in fashionable Margate.

Who’s coming? It’s big enough for us to socially distance as we go round. It’s a Grade II listed house overlooking Hawley Square and while it has had many uses over the years it could be reconfigured as a seven bedroom property. Which would mean home offices for all the family, or rooms to let as the domestic holiday market is currently booming.

It’s on the market with Aucoot for £875,000 too, which, while I appreciate is a lot of money, it is also – to my jaded London property eyes – a lot of house for sald lot of money.

The White House is accessed via a rather fabulous marble staircase and while there are still plenty of original Georgian features inside – including “delicately crooked” floorboards – there is also a two floor modern (1960s) extension which means it could be adapted to a live/work space. Indeed the ground floor is currently used as a gallery.

Location-wise you are close to the cobbled old town,  the Turner art gallery and the sandy beach. And, if you are one of those who is able to keep working from home on a part, or full-time basis, this might also appeal as Margate recently received confirmation of £22 million funding as part of the Government’s Town Deal programme, so the area is on course for continued renovation across its creative, heritage and wellbeing sectors.

Historic buildings such as the Winter Gardens and Dreamland Cinema, are set to be refurbished, whilst better connections throughout the town will be implemented, making walking and cycling routes more attractive. Facilities and access to the coastline will also be improved, including that of Walpole Bay tidal pool – a local favourite apparently.

Margate train station is a 13-minute walk away, just the other side of Margate Beach. London can be reached directly in 1 hour and 24 minutes by rail. So who’s in? I do love a Georgian house…..

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  • Dan Morris 17th April 2021 at 10:42 am

    That first room is crying out for a wood burning stove. I just read your post re your Arada fire (https://www.madaboutthehouse.com/10-things-need-installing-woodburning-stove/) – how is it holding up and do you get plenty of use out of it in the winter?

    • Kate Watson-Smyth 19th April 2021 at 8:18 am

      Hi Dan, it’s holding up well – as I would expect and yes we do get lots of use out of it in winter. It’s very quick to heat a room and if you don’t feed it then it goes out so as we both work in different rooms we tend to light it to take the chill off and have breakfast/lunch and then let it die down.

  • Miruska 16th April 2021 at 4:12 pm

    it is really beautiful but delicately crooked floors at 15% slope, it seems to me from the bathroom picture, mean a lot of work. However, gorgeous features.

  • Anna 16th April 2021 at 2:39 pm

    Well spotted Kate. If the paid price is right, then this could be an exciting project.

  • Alison 16th April 2021 at 2:12 pm

    Finding myself really drawn to that pale yellow colour (fifth down) for an attic bedroom lately, having been off yellow for years. Anyone have any thoughts or shade recommendations?

    • Kate Watson-Smyth 20th April 2021 at 2:52 pm

      I was looking at Neptune’s Saffron last year and also Little Greene Pink Yellow is lovely. For Farrow & Ball I have used Citron and I love Babouche. But I am definitely at the dirty end of the yellow spectrum and I don’t like anything to fresh and primrose.

  • Lenore Taylor 16th April 2021 at 1:48 pm

    Yikes! Floors that slope that many inches, no thank you. Cheers from Canada!

  • Sophia Shirley-Beavan 16th April 2021 at 7:15 am

    Lovely. I’m off to Margate! Except, does it have a garden?? That may seem to be asking a lot given that the beach is very close by but I’m afraid it’s a deal breaker for me.

  • Lem 16th April 2021 at 7:14 am

    Woah! Should really read before diving into the pics (hard to resist tho right?) – there’s me ‘It’s amazing! Their house is like an art gallery but what’s going on with the kitchen?’ Ha haaa. It’s a stunner.

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