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…..