Buckingham Terrace is one of Edinburgh’s first exclusive housing developments. Built in 1831 these affluent Victorian town houses are full of lavish detailing. Listed by Historic Scotland they continue to make a significant contribution to the West End streetscape. Number 8 boasts its own special heritage having been remodelled in 1893 by one of Scotland’s leading architects, Sir Robert Lorimer, for his sister Lady Alice Chalmers. Lorimer was a key proponent of the Arts and Crafts movement and is famed for - among other things - Ardkinglas House on Loch Fyne, the Thistle Chapel at St Giles Cathedral and the Scottish War Memorial at Edinburgh Castle. He is responsible for Number 8’s uniquely glazed windows. Apartment 2F enjoys the benefit of a balcony with balustraded parapet which sits over these prominent two-storey bays. The building is approached via an entrance platt with cast iron railings leading to an impressive double doorway, which is again unique amongst its neighbours and enjoys views across to Edinburgh Castle.
This well-proportioned room makes the most of the impressive windows with shutters. It also boasts high ceilings, original cornicing and an attractive arts and crafts fireplace with wooden mantle. The recessed dining area is lined with bookshelves, one of which rather thrillingly releases to conceal a secret storage area! The dining area has its own doorway into the hall for ease of access. The entire space is decorated in neutral colours and carpeted throughout.
The modern kitchen is finished in glossy black cabinetry with wooden cupboards and display shelving above. It has a large gas hob and oven, dishwasher, integrated fridge/freezer tiled splashbacks and wooden flooring. It frames the large, shuttered window with seat from which to enjoy the westerly views over the gardens of Belgrave Crescent.
There are two double bedrooms both enjoy striking windows. The larger of the two offers an inviting window seat from which to enjoy peaceful views across the gardens of Belgrave Crescent. The generous room has high ceilings and intact cornicing. There is a raised and recessed storage area with built-in cupboards and, cleverly concealed behind decorative opaque glass, the en-suite shower room. This also hides the laundry area and access to a storage space above.
The three-piece family bathroom is white with a raised bath spanning the space with recessed storage and the window above. There is a mirror flanked by sconce lights. Large, marbled wall tiles and attractive wood parquet flooring. There is also a tiled en-suite shower room off the principal bedroom which is also plumbed for a utility area with a washing machine.
The property is entered via a welcoming hallway with two large storage cupboards leading to all the accommodation
The Local Area
Buckingham Terrace is located in the heart of Edinburgh’s West End and is conveniently located close to Princes Street and George Street with their designer shops and stylish restaurants within minutes and the charming village like atmosphere of William Street is right on the doorstep with its variety of restaurants, bars and boutique shops. The property also has access to the fabulous Belgrave Crescent Gardens which are a private, Victorian garden in Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site. There is a variety of local amenities within strolling distance in the vibrant, fashionable Stockbridge which offers a great choice of local amenities including boutiques, galleries, independent shops, bookshops, well-renowned cheese mongers, fish mongers and butchers, and a fantastic selection of cafés, restaurants and bars. A large Waitrose Supermarket is conveniently situated within walking distance of the property. The Dean Gallery and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art are also nearby and enjoying the outdoors could not be easier with Inverleith Park, and the Royal Botanic gardens nearby or take a leisurely stroll or cycle along the beautiful Water of Leith walkway makes the perfect escape from the day’s hustle and bustle. For the active type, Glenogle swim centre offers beautifully restored Victorian swimming baths, a stateof-the-art gym and fitness classes. The Grange club on the edge of Inverleith Park boasts tennis, hockey, squash, and cricket. There is convenient access from this location towards the city bypass, Airport, Forth Road Bridge and Haymarket train station is just over half a mile away. Being so central there is also easy access to all schooling for both secondary and private education.
All blinds, curtains, light fittings, carpets, fitted floors and white goods are included in the sale. The large mirrors above the mantle and in the hall will also remain.