This grade II listed Regency townhouse is a seafront historic home of dreams and was among the first buildings that 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.
The house forms part of a south-facing symmetrical terrace of seven properties within a larger terrace of 17 Grade II listed houses. It’s one of just two in this location designed to a width of three windows and has a larger footprint with generous room sizes, a double-aspect L-shaped salon or living room on the first floor, and 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 in multiple ways. As one large family house; as a house with a separately accessed lower ground floor workspace; 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). This 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 a staircase leading down to the potentially self-contained lower ground floor, which has its own street entrance via the external stairway. Alternatively, this area would make a lovely, light-filled workshop, studio or office with a loo, space for a bathroom and a 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 sunrise and sunset. Filled with light, this south-facing room has three fireplaces and extends into an L-shape with an additional outlook to the rear and the greenery and old sea cliffs of St Leonards. On this level is a kitchen, with a 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, and other listed properties in the terrace have converted theirs into extra accommodation, with some incorporating a roof terrace.