This elegant sea-facing townhouse with flexible accommodation was amongst the first buildings which created the town of St Leonards-on-Sea. When the architect who masterminded the beautiful buildings around Bloomsbury and Regents Park in London turned his attention to the South Coast, 125 Marina was one of the early homes that James and his son Decimus Burton built in around 1830.
Number 125 Marina forms part of a south facing symmetrical terrace of seven properties within a larger terrace of 17 Grade II listed houses. This house is one of just two in this location designed to a width of three windows, giving the house a larger footprint with generous room sizes and a double aspect L-shaped salon or living room on the first floor along with a restored covered balcony.
While much of the historic detailing of the house has been retained, the current layout of the property means that it could be used as one large family house, or as a house with a lower ground floor workspace with separate entrance or as a property which provides a lovely self-contained home along with two separate flats – one on the entrance level of the house and one at lower ground floor level – which could offer a substantial income from holiday letting, or self-contained accommodation for family members, subject to any consents required.
On the entrance level is a hallway leading to two large rooms and staircase leading down to the potentially self-contained lower ground floor which also has its own street entrance via the external stairway. Alternatively, this area would make a lovely, light filled workshop, studio or office with loo, space for a bathroom and separate large room to the rear of the property plus an outside courtyard area.
From the entrance level, stairs ascend to the first floor (there is consent in place to reinstate the ground floor staircase location). The imposing salon on the first floor has three floor-to -ceiling windows giving access to the balcony which spans the width of the house and has space to sit out and watch the sun rise and the sun set. This south facing room is filled with sunlight. There are three fireplaces and the room extends into an “L” shape with a window with an outlook to the greenery and old sea cliffs of St Leonards at the back of the house. On this level is a kitchen. Utility room on the half landing.
Up again to two sea facing double bedrooms, a further rear facing bedroom and a family bathroom.
There is a large unconverted loft. Other listed properties in the terrace have utilised this space for a loft conversion and some incorporate a roof terrace.