A significant property on St Leonards’ most popular road. The five storey Victorian building was formerly a single occupancy home but has been well divided into four individual flats of varying size and one characterful retail premises with its own storage kitchen facilities. The upper stories have wonderful sea views scanning right down the coast. The basement flat has its own courtyard garden. The middle level flat has its own private balcony and there is another large balcony with spectacular sea views which is available for use by all of the owners of the upper floor flats.
Norman Road has become a focus for the increasingly popular town of St Leonards which is attracting designers, musicians, film makers, artists and other creative thinkers. The rise in cool independent shops, cinema, galleries and studio space has gone hand in hand with this influx of residents. St Leonard’s has wonderful architectural bones having been designed by James and Decimus Burton, a father and son duo of enterprising architects and developers who were also behind the design and development of large swathes of central London including around Regents Park.
Norman Road is a few minutes’ walk from St Leonards Warrior Square mainline station with links to London Charing Cross, London Bridge and also on a separate line, with London Victoria. The historic and picturesque Hastings Old Town with its concentration of independent retailers, cafes, restaurants and pubs is a fifteen-minute walk away.
The seafront is a two-minute walk from the property and is great for swimming, boarding, sailing or just walking beside. Along the seafront a number of great cafes and eating spots have opened which offer an unrivalled seaside eating and drinking experience.
Nearby are fantastic country amenities and parks such as Hastings Country Park - several thousand acres of cliff-side open land, the less expansive but very pretty St Leonard’s Gardens, Gensing Gardens, Alexandra Park etc.
The flats have been well maintained and are in excellent condition for immediate occupation, having been completely refurbished in 2006. The current owner has undertaken a refurbishment of the common parts, the exterior to the front and back of the property in recent months.
The retail unit has a wonderful light and airy ambiance running some 40 ft from the front to the rear with high ceilings and some sea view from the rear. It was previously refitted by a London based luxury retail design consultancy with stylish finishes including industrial-style lighting and attractive tiling, It has vintage wooden flooring throughout. The front has two lovely Victorian bay windows to the street and there are two large, renewed sash windows at the rear. There’s also an opportunity to either convert it into a flat or to take a more ambitious view and link it to either the basement or first floor flat to make one huge and wonderful duplex home.
Approached via internal staircase. The basement flat is light filled with large open plan living space with kitchen area. The rear part of this space makes a cosy sitting area. The living space leads to a lovely south facing courtyard, part of which has a covered roof making it an ideal space for living and eating outdoors all year round. There’s a clever study/home office area built into the hallway which leads in turn to the double bedroom. To the rear of the flat is a spacious bathroom. Electric heating with the possibility to convert all energy supplies to gas.
There is separate access via the rear gate to a private footpath at the rear of the property leading to the sea front and Norman Road.
First floor flat
The centrepiece of the first floor flat is the 45ft long huge open plan living space with wooden floorboards running throughout, high ceilings and double aspect windows. To the front are two large bay windows overlooking Norman Road. To the rear are large sash windows with spectacular uninterrupted views of the sea. The kitchen is formed from a part of the living area. There’s a separate bathroom and toilet and good-sized double bedroom overlooking the sea. Good storage throughout.
Second floor flat
Lovely double bedroom with its own private balcony with fabulous panoramic sea views which is large enough for a table and chairs and a perfect sunny spot for entertaining. Wet room style bathroom. Living room with window to the front of the property looking over Norman Road and integrated kitchen area.
Top floor flat 3rd and 4th floors
Steps lead from the internal front door to the hallway from which three bedrooms are accessed. All are a good size; two overlook Norman Road to the front of the building, the third bedroom has a breath-taking 180-degree panoramic sea views Good sized bathroom. A further internal staircase leads up to an impressive open plan living area with kitchen. Dual aspect windows - to the front overlooking Norman Road and to the rear that wonderful sea view. Wooden floor in the living room area.
Huge potential for enlarging the top floor by creating additional roof terraces or Mansards.
On the mezzanine level between the first and second floors there’s access to a very good sized (18ft x 10ft) south facing balcony with fantastic sea view. This balcony is communally owned making it a great space for the owners to meet for social drinks and meals. This is a real asset for the entire property.
All flats have a share of freehold.
Ground floor retail space
Original shop frontage giving lots of character and style to this unique retail unit. Accessed from the street via a recessed door between two very attractive bay windows with dimpled glass above. The shop was completely refurbished in 2015. Wooden floors throughout. Large sash windows to the rear of the shop with partial seas views and giving plenty of light. Large storage room, toilet and also a kitchen area. This is a hugely characterful space which is ready to move into. The shop has rented very easily.
There are opportunities for an imaginative buyer to create much larger flats by knocking together two or more of the flats to form multi-bedroomed apartments or one much larger retail unit with access to the basement or the first floor flat.
Norman Road | TN38