This grand, Grade II Listed, Georgian townhouse overlooks leafy Hawley Square in the seaside town of Margate, on Kent's east coast. 'The White House' is unusually large and has played host to a range of uses over its years and, today, offers a versatile space for the creatively minded. Its location puts you right in the centre of Margate, within easy reach of the cobbled old town and just a short walk from the shoreline's sandy beaches.
Spread over four floors, the home can be configured to feature up to seven bedrooms, whilst its unusual design - thanks to a modern ('60s) rear extension across two of its floors - makes it endlessly adaptable for family life with plenty of additional space for a home-office set-up, if desired.
The house is accessed from its striking, east-facing facade via a marble staircase that's fringed in wrought iron railings. The raised ground floor has been considerately extended into the original south-side passageway, which affords the interior a generously wide hallway, complete with cloakroom. Here, you'll find a bright and spacious double-sized reception room (currently used as a gallery), with a curved bay window that looks out over the greenery of the square.
The hallway follows the building's south-facing wall, passing the off-centre stairway, a well-sized storage room, and a WC to advance into the ground floor's rear extension. This well-proportioned room has opposing double aspect windows that let natural light flood in. The recent adjunct creates an atrium-like space between the property's old and new halves, and the subtle separation of the two gives the home a real sense of space and versatility.
The kitchen is located in the lower ground floor, at the front of the house. The room's east-facing windows and external door open out onto the pavement-side lightwell - a lovely spot in which to house an innovative kitchen herb garden perhaps. Deliberately free-form in its design, the kitchen currently comprises an eclectic mix of antique and attractive finds, including a superb, double freestanding sink. Three, original built-in storage cupboards keep things effortlessly minimal.
A second room on the lower ground floor offers plenty of opportunity. Currently a studio space and storage area, its generous size lends itself well to a games room, cinema room, or as an extension to the existing kitchen if their shared wall was to be knocked through.
Moving up to the first floor, this historical home's quirks continue, and can be felt through the delicate crookedness of the exposed wooden floorboards and the retention of original Georgian design features.
A cosy living room occupies the older building's western side. Meanwhile, on the home's eastern side, a home-office-cum-library and a second reception room benefit from the incredible morning light. The latter makes an attractive feature of the layers of wallpaper that the current owners discovered when stripping the room back. Occupying the two recesses either side of the chimney breast, the mix of paper, pattern and paint flank the room's imposing working fireplace.
The first floor hallway and extension follows the same footprint as that on the ground floor, leading past an enclosed storage room and an open-plan snug that's currently the home's music hub - with a sofa, record player, speakers and record storage. The modern, rear room is used as a photography studio at present.
Continuing up to the second floor, you'll find carpet underfoot for a cosier feel, as this is where the home's current three bedrooms reside. The hallway's skylight floods the landing in natural light, making it unusually bright and airy.
Like the reception room below it, the master bedroom benefits from two east-facing sash windows - making best use of that morning light - as well as a feature fireplace and a built-in full-height wardrobe with concealed door.
The smaller of the three bedrooms is just next door, affording it the same east-facing aspect and view over Hawley Square. Whilst the third bedroom is as well-proportioned as the first, with a feature fireplace and single sash window that looks out over the town's rooftops. Its west-facing aspect makes the view over sunset particularly noteworthy. It also benefits from a small skylight.
The family bathroom is also located on the second floor and, although comparatively contemporary in style, retains the home's eclectic sense of history and industry through the free-standing, vintage slipper bathtub and exposed copper pipework. A large, modern window opens out onto the flat rooftop of the extension building. As yet untouched, this unique outdoor space offers further opportunity for adaptation, as it would make an excellent roof terrace.
The property's location puts you right in the centre of Margate, mere moments from the charming old town, with its independent restaurants, cafes, galleries and shops, and a short walk to the area's sandy beaches and the Turner Contemporary art gallery. The Carl Freedman Gallery is closer still, whilst The Centre Margate and the High Street are just a minute's walk away - where you'll find the independent record store and music venue Elsewhere, the Modern Provider bakery and, conveniently, a post office, banks and pharmacy.
Margate recently received confirmation of £22 million funding as part of the Government’s Town Deal programme, so the area is on course for continued renovation across its creative, heritage and wellbeing sectors. With the fund, historic buildings such as the Winter Gardens and Dreamland Cinema, are set to be refurbished, whilst better connections throughout the town will be implemented, making walking and cycling routes more attractive. Facilities and access to the coastline will also be improved, including that of Walpole Bay tidal pool - a favourite spot amongst locals.
Margate train station is a 13-minute walk away, just the other side of Margate Beach. London can be reached directly in 1 hour and 24 minutes by rail. The nearby coastal towns of Broadstairs and Ramsgate are easily reached by car, bus or train, whilst slightly further afield are the charming seaside draws of Whitstable, Deal and Sandwich.
342.7 sq m
3689 sq ft
The property's location puts you right in the centre of Margate. Margate train station is a 13-minute walk away, just the other side of Margate Beach. London can be reached directly in 1 hour and 24 minutes by rail. The nearby coastal towns of Broadstairs and Ramsgate are easily reached by car, bus or train.