With an office in beautiful St Ives, our experienced property agents get to see a lot of seriously stunning coastal residences. So it’s not often that a new property elicits a general ‘wow’ in the office, but this one certainly did!
This two-bedroom apartment sitting proud above Porthminster Beach really does have it all. Period features, breath-taking views, contemporary design, a private balcony and allocated parking; in short a dreamy coastal residence, even for the St Ives property market.
One of our favourite things about this gorgeous apartment is the location. Within a 15 minute stroll you could be tucking into plates of fresh seafood at Porthminster Beach Café, wandering the cobbled streets of the old town, or spreading out your towel on one of the other four gorgeous beaches St Ives has to offer…
And yet back at this apartment on the edge of town you’ll feel quite separate from all that – simply pour a glass of wine, head to the balcony and relax with a good book in your exclusive spot, with one of the most iconic views in all of Cornwall laid out before you!
Now that you’re picturing the scene, let’s talk details.
This magnificently gabled terrace of granite town houses, with its distinctive ornate iron balcony, was designed in 1894 by Cornwall’s premier architect at the time, Silvanus Trevail.
This apartment, like many others in the row, has been enjoyed as a permanent residence. It’s on the first floor and so enjoys those jaw-dropping views of St Ives’ picturesque harbour with ‘The Island’ and St Nicholls Chapel beyond.
Entered via a communal entranceway and staircase, beyond the door of Number 6 you’ll find a short internal hallway before the apartment opens out into a light, bright and contemporary kitchen.
With oak worktops, stylish open shelving also in oak, white gloss units, a white ceramic sink, induction hob and space for all your appliances, this is a practical space for the keen home cook, with everything you need for preparing all that delicious Cornish produce.
The living room is separate to the kitchen but the space flows beautifully, with that famous St Ives light instantly drawing you over to the floor to ceiling windows. That breath-taking view is framed by beautiful stained glass, which throws a rainbow of colours into the room.
There is a central fireplace (featuring a marble hearth and oak mantle) with space and fittings for a log burning stove. There’s plenty of scope to make this living space your own, perhaps adding floor-to-ceiling bookshelves on the far wall and a fabulous painting from one of St Ives’ many galleries on the wall…
The larger of the two bedrooms is at the back of the property and has a sash window with pretty plantation shutters. The second bedroom is at the front and therefore enjoys that beautiful view and lovely stained glass window feature. It’s currently being used as a artists’ studio – and what an inspiring space! At the end of the room is a glass door which opens out onto the balcony.
The Balcony runs the length of the apartment and has the original cast iron railings. It enjoys one of the most stunning, far-reaching views of the town and coast we’ve ever seen. St Ives Bay is laid out before you, with Godrevy Lighthouse standing sentinel across the water. Views like this never get dull, whatever the weather.
Back inside, the bathroom has a modern white suite including a luxurious free standing bath with central mixer taps, a wash basin and WC. The tiled walls and floor complete the modern, stylish look.
Throughout this apartment the fixtures and fittings are a sensitive mix of period features – like the high skirting boards and original balustrade – and contemporary improvements like the engineered oak flooring which extends throughout the living spaces.
What did we miss?
- There is an allocated parking space in the car park at the bottom of Primrose Valley. The space is clearly marked and a good size. The parking space has a 999 year lease which is transferable on the sale of the apartment. In addition a parking permit is available from the Council for residents of Draycott Terrace.
- The apartment is held on a 999 year lease from 1 April 1987. In addition, all thirteen apartments have a share of the freehold and are part of the Management Company.
- Please note the lease does not permit pets.
- Unlike new-build properties in St Ives, this apartment does have holiday let potential but it would also make a great permanent base for a single person or couple looking to make St Ives their home.
- Did we mention it’s just a short stroll to Porthminster Beach Café? This is one of our favourite restaurants in the whole of Cornwall, with a focus on local seafood, garden-grown ingredients and foraged wild food. They also serve breakfast, coffee and cake!