We spend excessive amounts of time house-hunting. Zoopla is bookmarked and Rightmove is a constant in our "frequently used" apps. Also, we're kinda nosy. So when this Georgian townhouse overlooking B-Town's dreamiest square came on the market, we didn't hang about in taking a peek. Now get yourself a cup of coffee, take a seat, and join us for a look-see.
History // The three-storey beaut, pictured centrally above, was the first home to be completed on St Paul's Square, in 1781, and only the second building (after the church). Following a stint as offices, the Grade-II listed property's been returned to its original home-making purpose, with the addition of a bunch of modern flourishes you're going to get swoony over fast.
Vital statistics // A ridiculously large entrance hall is your first indication of the 2,385 square feet that follow. Double doors open on to a sizeable kitchen and living room (pictured below), with high ceilings, insane amounts of light, and thoughtful fittings, like a rolltop Burlington bathtub in the would-marry-immediately master en-suite. The interior's been restored to enhance period details, with hand-stained and laid oak herringbone flooring, sumptuous wall panelling, deep skirting boards, and architraves.
Positioning // The living room, drawing room (top), and master bedroom (bottom) are all large and south-facing, with the sort of windows you'll lose whole hours to, overlooking the square. And if you hadn't already worked this out, closest neighbours to 36 St Paul's include modern British restaurant Folium, which opened last week, as well as trusted buds Lasan, Otto and 40 St Paul's for cocktails. Though that would require you leaving the house, which in this particular case, we'd frankly rather not.
Details // Faithfully designed to create a classic Georgian townhouse, the staircase is original and all four of the bathrooms (yes, you heard us - four) come with Calacatta marble sinks and Mandarin Stone tiling. Three have walk-in showers with room for a small gathering. Much debate surrounded the eventual selection on radiators - but these cast iron lovelies from The Old Radiator Company won out in the end, and we couldn't be happier about it.
And in case you're not in the market for your forever home right now, a number of apartments are also available on the square. We L-O-V-E:
The Duplex at 38 — Apartment 1, 4 beds, 3 baths, £875,000
The Penthouse at 38 — Apartment 2, 3 beds, 2 baths, £675,000
The Duplex at 35 — Apartment 2, 1 bed and study, 2 baths, £450,000