Superb St Bernard's in Southsea - guide price Â£975,000
St Bernard’s, Sussex Terrace, Southsea
Modern developers might like to think they have pulled a trick with the townhouse, going upwards instead of outwards to create space on a limited plot.
But the truth is the device has been used for centuries and nowhere did it prove more practical than in space-restricted Southsea.
In fact there are many examples of local architect Thomas Owen’s work that reflect his space-saving ingenuity and a really good example is St Bernard’s, a property in Sussex Terrace that has Grade II listing along with its neighbouring five conjoined properties thanks to its many outstanding features.
Located in the ‘golden triangle’, St Bernard’s is within easy reach of highly regarded schools such as Portsmouth Grammar School, St. Johns College, Mayville School, and the Portsmouth High School.
The house is a short walk from Southsea Common and the Seafront while a quick step in the other direction leads to the main shopping area with its big name stores.
‘St Bernard’s is a prime example of what makes houses by Thomas Owen so popular,’ says Colin Shairp, of Fine and Country Southern Hampshire.
It is set out over five floors with copious living space and five bedrooms, including a master on the first floor with an en-suite offering both a bath and shower cubicle.
The basement, reached via internal and external stairs, has a family room, utility, and copious storage while the first floor has a kitchen / breakfast room and a sitting room.
Alongside the first floor drawing room, which boasts a stylish south-facing oriel window, are a study and a sun room with the bedroom at the rear.
The staircase to the second floor has a cloakroom at mezzanine level while the main landing has a full bathroom equipped to the same standard as the master’s en-suite.
The staircase, a very stylish feature in itself, continues to the fifth bedroom on the third floor.
Sensitive restoration has brought the property up to date while retaining period features such as the stripped wood floors, window shutters, high ceilings, and skirting boards.
The entrance foyer has the main front door but also a further side door leading to the front terrace hidden behind a high wall for privacy.
At the rear, the house has a wrought iron staircase leading down to the enclose garden which has a rear pedestrian access.
‘It is a magnificent and obviously much-loved property that really catches the eye,’ Shairp adds.