"Exterior details elegantly reflect the architecture of the early 1900s and the internal living areas are generously configured, stretching to approximately 1600 square feet over two floors."
This characterful four-bedroom semi-detached house is positioned on a quiet residential street, minutes from the historic coastal town of Broadstairs. The house has been sensitively modernised, preserving many original Edwardian features in a harmonious balance of charming period detail with crisp, contemporary materials.
While exterior details elegantly reflect the architecture of the early 1900s, the internal living areas are generously configured, stretching to approximately 1600 sq ft over two floors. On entering, the spacious hallway boasts original mouldings and stripped-back, reclaimed oak floorboards underfoot. The original staircase is fitted with natural sisal flooring and leads up to the master bedroom; a spacious and light room housing a generous amount of integrated cabinetry and a modern en-suite bathroom. A second family bathroom sits in the central area of the first floor living space, with two additional double bedrooms to the rear.
Two well-proportioned reception rooms, both with period fireplaces, high ceilings and a front bay window are located on the ground floor, leading through to a recently modernised and spacious utility area to the rear and access to a generous back garden. A recently renovated kitchen forms the heart of the ground floor living area, with thin-profile Dekton ceramic worktops, spot lighting and hexagonal tile flooring. An easily overlooked narrow staircase winds discreetly up from the kitchen to an additional room, currently configured as an office and workshop, thought to have been originally designed as servants’ quarters.
The rich cultural heritage of Broadstairs has been drawing people to the Kent coastline for many years. It was an important fishing port in the 1700s and continues to wear it’s smugglers’ past on its sleeve into the 21st century; the coastline remains honeycombed with smugglers’ caves and tunnels around nearby Botany and Kingsgate Bays. Broadstairs is also renowned as the site of Bleak House, a prominent house on the cliff overlooking Viking Bay. Charles Dickens used to holiday at the house and wrote the novel ‘David Copperfield’ in one of the rooms.
In recent years, Broadstairs has enjoyed a palpable resurgence, with a thriving community of independent shops and restaurants including Wyatt and Jones, which features in the Michelin guide as a specialist in locally sourced seafood, and The Funicular Coffee Shop built into the old ticket office of a long decommissioned clifftop funicular. The old town itself remains a haven of antique shops, cafes and traditional Kentish pubs.
Nearby Margate is experiencing an extraordinary period of change; an influx of young creatives have been setting up in the town, including natural cosmetic company Haeckels, Liddicoat and Goldhill the architects behind Maker’s House, the Radio Margate Cafe founded by Ghostpoet, and the internationally renowned Turner Contemporary art gallery, host to this year’s Turner Prize exhibition. These businesses and many more like them have helped to evolve a thriving art, food and music scene minutes from Broadstairs.
There are also an excellent number of beautiful beaches nearby, including Viking Bay, Botany Bay and Joss Bay, considered one of the best surfing beaches in the UK.
Broadstairs mainline railway station provides services to London St Pancras in just under an hour and a half. There are also good road links to London and the motorway network.
Please note that all areas, measurements and distances given in these particulars are approximate and rounded. The text, photographs and floor plans are for general guidance only. The Modern House has not tested any services, appliances or specific fittings — prospective purchasers are advised to inspect the property themselves. All fixtures, fittings and furniture not specifically itemised within these particulars are deemed removable by the vendor.