6 bedroom semi-detached house for saleLensfield Road, Cambridge
Sold STC £1,950,000
- 257 sqm / 2767 sqft
- 520 sqm / 0.13 acre
- Semi-detached house
- 6 bed, 3 recep, 1.5 bath
- Early 20th century
- EPC - G / 12
- Council tax band - G
Full descriptionA prominent, important period house of a stature and scale that is rare in private ownership so close to the city.
Lensfield Road is a distinctive and historically important Cambridge thoroughfare and forms part of the central conservation area of the city. It is lined with some very impressive buildings including The Scott Polar Research Institute, the University Department of Chemistry and the magnificent Roman Catholic Church that stands at the corner of Hills Road.
Number 52 is one of three pairs of handsome Dutch-gabled semis within a longer row of houses all built in the early 20th Century and backing on to the Fellows' Garden of Downing College. It is registered as a Building of Local Interest but is not Listed. Almost the whole of the row is still in the hands of the college but the Freehold of this house was purchased (subject to a section 29 covenant) when the Leasehold Reform Act of 1967 made it impossible for an owner to refuse to sell the Freehold of a property let on a long tenancy, as this house was at the time.
It has been in the same ownership since then and its original character is pleasingly preserved including tall skirting, moulded cornicing, stained glass and sash windows. The reception hall is impressively grand, with the stairwell open right to top of the house and the three main ground floor rooms are particularly elegantly proportioned, with ceiling heights of over 3m / 10ft. The first floor has four bedrooms and a bathroom and on the second floor there are two further generous bedrooms and two smaller loft rooms.
There is a driveway in front of the house providing parking and a lawned front garden. A pedestrian gate opens to the mature, walled rear garden which is about 27m x 9.5m / 90ft x 30ft.
This is an important Cambridge house and the availability on the private market of such a property is an enormous rarity.
It has fabulous potential to renovate into a genuinely exceptional period city home.
It is vacant and is for sale freehold with no onward chain.
Lensfield Road forms the northern boundary of Newtown and links Trumpington Street to Hills Road, right at the heart of the city. The Grand Arcade and the city's main shopping centre are less than half a mile north and it stands a few hundred yards equidistant from Sheep's Green, Parker's Piece and the University Botanic Gardens.
St Alban's and St Paul's primary schools are very close and Parkside College off Parker's Piece is the best performing state secondary school in the area. Private schools withing walking distance include The Leys, The Stephen Perse Foundation, St Mary's, St Faith's and Sancton Wood.
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