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The four-storey townhouse brings all the advantages of owning a modern home, yet it’s set in an area steeped in maritime history with the Camber Dock, Napoleonic sea defences and the old city within an easy stroll.

Clever thought has given the house what many would feel an upside-down layout, but it’s a real bonus. The clue is in its name because the open plan living area on the top floor of Tower View has wide-ranging views taking in much of the Old Portsmouth, the harbour entrance, the Solent towards the Isle of Wight, and the Spinnaker Tower, although the name comes about because it’s the historic Round Tower that’s at the centre of its outlook.

‘It’s the perfect place to be for those who love to rise above the hassles of daily life, kick back, and relax,’ says Colin Shairp, of Fine and Country Southern Hampshire.

‘The front is angled and incorporates a balcony to best exploit the outlook and there’s a similar feature for the second bedroom on the floor below. The master bedroom occupies much of the first floor, with an angled glazed corner to take in the views, a dressing area lined with wardrobes and a shower room at the far end with double cubicle.

‘There is also a study / bedroom at the front of the first floor, perfect for fulfilling the role of a nursery perhaps, while the second floor has a third bedroom at the front with dressing room alongside and a bathroom with bath and shower that’s shared with the second bedroom.

‘In an area where parking can be at a premium, the bonus feature is the long garage with utility area at one end. It’s a great home for a car but also for the type of hobby gear owners might favour – sailing equipment, for instance, with the Camber Dock and a sailing club just round the corner.

‘As well as an everyday home, it also makes a great weekend bolthole. Wandering down to the dock to buy fish fresh from the boat, heading out for a walk or to browse the shops and eateries will seem the perfect antidote to frantic daily lives.’