3 bedroom penthouse for sale

Old Dover Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1

Guide Price £599,995

Property Description

Key features

  • Super Open Plan Living
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Bathroom and En Suite
  • 2 Balconies
  • By Cricket Ground

Full description

Tenure: Leasehold

Canterbury has a real magic, a timeless appeal that draws people worldwide. Wandering around the city centre you will follow where countless feet have trodden through centuries of amazing history and that history is a huge draw.
We all love the literary associations and the character of this ancient place. With UNESCO world heritage classification and vernacular architecture, it is home to the Archbishop of Canterbury and provides endless fascination as you link many a well-known figure or event to a building you pass or street you explore.
Life here isn't all about leaning Tudor buildings and tumbledown walls though. For some home seekers the allure of period cottages and narrow streets isn't quite so appealing or practical. There can actually be a great sense of relief then to discover that it is possible to enjoy stunning modern accommodation in Canterbury, to find somewhere that provides space and a sense of quiet away from the bustling crowds, but not too far.
For those of you who desire a more modern feel to their home, who crave space to spread out and have a desire for some privacy, finding a penthouse apartment such as this one in Old Dover Road will be a revelation.
The current owners bought from plan, this was to be a bolt hole if needed and somewhere that they would let out. It is somewhat surprising then that they went on the refurbishment journey, the results of which you will enjoy here.
When we asked them why they made the changes the answer seemed so simple.
'We instantly saw the appeal of the location; by the cricket ground is a great setting for so many reasons. We knew we could walk into the city centre, get to the stations easily but more importantly and it has improved even more in recent years, access by car is so simple to get wherever you want from here, we can hop onto the A2 so quickly.'
Well that explained why they chose to buy here but why the work, the alterations?
'The floor space instantly drew us to the development and this apartment in particular. We could see that it offered something we couldn't get elsewhere and the fact that there would be two balconies with a pleasant open aspect was a deciding factor. So many apartments we know have you gazing over a sea of fairly uninspiring rooftops. It was only once we took over the finished apartment that we sensed it lacked something. Well it wasn't that it lacked but somehow the layout seemed to have missed an opportunity. Later on we saw some new apartments elsewhere and realised, with the floor area we had available, that the key was to make the main living space and kitchen all open plan. The change would draw more light in and make it a real shared space and a huge one at that. The work, including adding some solar tubes to bring light into other internal spaces, the hallway and bathroom, totally transformed how we and other people enjoy life here.
We've let the apartment for much of the time we have owned it and are always pleasantly surprised at the response and great tenants we get. We had the well-known cricketers Geraint Jones and James Treadwell live here early on, Graham Ford too one season, and they all, like others, loved it for all the reasons we have mentioned.'
Wandering through it is easy to understand why. You would think that the open plan living area is the main selling feature but in fact, step into the master bedroom with its en-suite shower and walk in wardrobe and space once again wows you. As a light breeze flutters the bedroom curtains and sun glints from the coffee pot sat casually on the balcony table, one of two balconies we mentioned earlier, you instantly sense how lovely it must be waking up here. Step onto the balcony and start a relaxed day with a newspaper and a drink as the morning sun warms you, then you'll feel life is moving at a more enjoyable pace. No wonder the property has been easy to let out over the years.
The second bedroom is equally impressive and the owners have created a third, it could easily be a study or a stunning dressing room for guests to use off that second room.
There is plenty of storage, sometimes a bugbear of modern developments, but not here. Outside there is an allocated parking space, numbered for the apartment and a communal garden. Being situated outside the city walls makes getting around simpler and in many cases getting away from Canterbury at busy times very easy, convenience is a massive asset.
There is a surprising amount of greenery around and that seems pleasantly to complement and contrast the proximity to a 'city centre', it typifies Canterbury's appeal.
Walls of Roman origin surround the old city and Canterbury has a buzz that is inherent in any University and College centre, for this is somewhere that is about much more than past history. Future generations are educated in and around the city. The Langton School for instance has pupils working on projects hand in hand with NASA and is playing an important part in the IRIS program, the Institute for Research In Schools. Universities and colleges draw students from around the UK and overseas. Businesses thrive around the area and local hospitals provide essential services but also important careers and jobs for specialists.
Proximity to the coast and Europe means you will always hear a multitude of languages in evidence and the demure size of Canterbury means there is an intimacy to the place that again belies its city title. It has many claims to fame, obvious historic ones but did you know it is home to the oldest extant school in the world, The Kings School?
So whether you are looking for a stylish main home, somewhere to add to your portfolio as a letting opportunity or a bolt hole for visits to Canterbury and the UK, come along and while away some time here at the apartment on a viewing, you'll understand then why we find it so special and why, for the owners, selling it is such a wrench.
To find out more about Canterbury read our Journal article http://www.grahamjohn.com/blog/general/stronghold-in-the-alder-swamp/
You may also find it interesting to note that the owners have successfully been letting the property for holiday lets and have received numerous lovely reviews, here's a very recent one 'This was a fantastic spot for our family of 5 adults to stay for 10 nights. We have found that English accommodations are usually quite "cozy" (ie. cramped) but this apartment is huge, even by North American standards. The pictures do not really convey just how large all of the rooms are and it was great to have all of that room. The apartment's location is very handy to downtown Canterbury yet is just far enough out of the center to escape the hectic core and traffic congestion. The building and surroundings were quiet and the two balconies were a welcome outdoor private space.'

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15 June 2016

Nearest stations

  • Canterbury East (0.9 mi)
  • Canterbury West (1.3 mi)
  • Bekesbourne (1.9 mi)
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Nearest stations

  • Canterbury East (0.9 mi)
  • Canterbury West (1.3 mi)
  • Bekesbourne (1.9 mi)
Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode

To view this property or request more details, contact:

Graham John, Ashford

The Lodge Office, Smeeth, TN25 6QZ

01303 473008 Local call rate

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