A Victorian-era apartment overlooking St Ives has come up for sale, and it’s perfect for a new owner to leave their stylish stamp on! Coastal living in Cornwall beckons, with an iconic backdrop to enjoy.
This two-bedroom apartment makes the most of an enviable view, with the beaches and picturesque harbour, and that gorgeous blue ocean receding into the distance. For a creative person, or someone who is lucky enough to work from home or staying on holiday, we think this would make a great lifestyle opportunity; just imagine the inspiration you’d feel returning here after a quick dip in the sea!
From the private balcony which runs the length of the apartment, an original cast iron balustrade gives an added sense of grandeur to the allevated position. Meanwhile, from inside the view is framed by glorious stained glass – an inspired move by the original architect, Silvanus Trevail.
Trevail designed this set of apartments in 1894 for well-to-do Victorians heading to the seaside by train. Today it makes an ideal base for exploring the thoroughly modern delights of St Ives; coffee houses, seafood restaurants, art galleries and cocktail bars cluster around glorious beaches and spill out onto cobbled streets in this creative, culinary haven.
Perched on the edge of town above Porthminster Beach, you’ll be both close to the action and easily able to retreat from the crowds. St Ives does get very busy in the summer, but sipping your chilled glass of white wine from this vantage point shouldn’t be too much of a hardship!
The apartment itself, accessed through a pleasant, Victorian-style communal hallway, is quite central in the row and is on the first-floor at the front of the building. Two short flights of steps lead up to the door of Number Five.
A hallway (featuring some handy storage) leads to an open-plan kitchen, living and dining room. The practical kitchen includes integrated applicances, making great use of space. The rest of this room is given over to lounging and dining areas, but all the while you’ll be drawn to that stunning view from the two large – almost floor-to-ceiling – windows and their striking stained glass.
The bathroom, with a shower over the bath, is again practically equipped to provide modern luxury while using space efficiently. Throughout this apartment the decor is muted and well-maintained, with high ceilings, large windows and the use of pale colours all enhancing the space.
The larger bedroom could house a double or a king-sized bed, while the smaller of the two (which enjoys those lovely views at the front of the apartment) would work best as a large single room or for bunk beds. This room has a door which opens onto the balcony, where there’s space for a bistro table and chairs from which to soak up that special panorama.
It’s the perfect spot from which to plan your next adventures in St Ives. A stroll down to Porthminster Beach perhaps for a spot of lunch at the fantastic Beach Cafe, or maybe there’s a new exhibition over at Tate St Ives which you’re keen to check out. Further afield you have the whole of West Cornwall to explore, and endless possibilities for new discoveries in all seasons.
For a detailed look at the amenities of St Ives, read our Location Guide.
What Have We Missed?
The property has an allocated off-road parking space in the car park at the bottom of Primrose Valley by Porthminster Beach. This parking space has a separate 999 year lease which is transferred on the sale of the apartment at the purchasers expense. The cost is believed to be in the region of £750.00 plus VAT.
The apartment is held on a 999 year lease from 1st April 1987.
Sadly there are no pets allowed in these properties.
The apartment would make a great home on the edge of town for a single person or a couple looking to enjoy the culture and community of St Ives, all year round.
The apartment has holiday let potential and scope for income generation.