- EXCEPTIONAL OPPORTUNITY
- Tranquil location in the City Centre
- Private road with tree-lined formal lawns
- Stunning outlook from front and terrace
- Packed with original features
- Enormous hallway and landing
- Vastly extended to rear
- Superb potential to reconfigure
- NO ONWARD CHAIN
ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY – LOCATED WITHIN CARDIFF CIVIC CENTRE – PRIVATE TREE-LINED ROAD WITH CENTRAL LAWNED GARDENS, COMPRISING PART OF THE CATHAYS PARK CONSERVATION AREA – OVERLOOKING THE GROUNDS OF GRADE II LISTED NAZARETH HOUSE. This is a truly unique and outstanding detached Georgian-style double fronted residence, located in one of Cardiff’s most exclusive, tranquil and sought-after locations. Queen Anne Square’s houses are all individually designed, and follow a layout based on Thomas Jefferson's University of Virginia. The grand project was originally commissioned in the 1930’s and personally supervised by the Marquess of Bute according to a design by the architect Howard Williams.
Understood to have been built in the mid 1930's, the property is fully detached with an extraordinary neo-classical grand double fronted elegant façade, featuring an inset pillared entrance porch, large first floor loggia-style balcony, parapet roofline, and displaying beautiful original bay sash windows to the front. The generous balcony is a particularly beautiful feature, with ample room for a table and chairs, facing west to enjoy full evening sun and with a beautiful outlook over both Queen Anne Square and Nazareth House grounds.
The property is just a short stroll from City Hall, Cardiff University and Wales Government administrative buildings, Alexandra Park and the Castle Grounds. Queen Street and the main Cardiff City Centre shopping, leisure and public amenities are convenient and immediately accessible, within approximately 10 minutes’ walk. Cathays railway station is just 5 minutes’ walk away, for connections to mainline services via Cardiff Central. Access to the M4/A48 is also easy with North Road (A470) being just a few meters from the end of the street, and your journeys most likely being in the opposite direction to the main rush hour traffic. Also nearby is the University Hospital of Wales, and beautiful parks at Roath Lake and Heath.
The house itself is of a most impressive size. Currently having three sizeable bedrooms, there is clear potential to reconfigure or convert the extremely spacious loft room and adjoining loft space into living accommodation to provide a further one or two bedrooms, subject to the usual consents.
Upon entering the property, will find an impressive hallway with beautiful original parquet flooring, wood paneling and stunning molded plaster cornices. A stunning solid wood staircase rises to the galleried landing. The living room features a bay window overlooking the grounds of Queen Anne Square, with an inset sun porch to the rear leading to the garden. The dining room features a matching bay overlooking the street and enjoys plenty of light. Behind the dining room is a third reception room, currently used as a large study/library. Also off the hallway is a cloakroom with separate WC and hand-wash areas.
Continuing on the ground floor, the property has been extended to the rear in the past and offers a surprising amount of room. The kitchen has its own bar and breakfast room (or informal dining area) before reaching the kitchen proper, and it is easy to envisage opening this space up to provide a more modern style of family living/kitchen/diner. Beyond the kitchen is a rear lobby which accesses both the driveway and garden, has a utility cupboard housing the meters and the large combination boiler, and then leads to a huge utility room (as large as most family kitchens) which offers all sorts of possibilities. There is internal access to the workshop garage – of such a size that one could see potential to become a self-contained ancillary annex!
Ascending the sweeping staircase to the first floor, the landing really is quite breath-taking, and is of such proportions that it currently houses a grand piano and still feels spacious. Double doors open onto the generous front terrace, which being covered can be used in all weathers, enjoys evening sun, and offers panoramic views across the communal lawns and the grounds of the beautiful Nazareth House building (Grade II listed). To either side of the terrace doors are built-in recesses which we understand the previous occupiers used to house and raise orchids.
The landing also provides access to the other first floor rooms. The master bedroom is of a considerable size, with its own extremely spacious en-suite bathroom. Bedroom two overlooks Queen Anne Square, whilst bedroom three is located to the rear and has access to its own washroom and WC. Finally, a corridor leads from the landing to the large family bathroom, which includes its own WC and a large linen cupboard, within which the attic access is located.
The attic is currently accessed via a drop-down ladder, although it is easy to see the potential for proper conversion. Currently the central attic space is boarded and carpeted, with power points and lighting, and doors leading to the large remaining loft spaces on either side.
To the front, there is a lovely lawn with a wide block-paved driveway leading down the side of the house to the garage and utility doors. The driveway can easily accommodate three cars, whilst the garage also has ample room for a large vehicle. To the rear of the property, reached either from the house or via a paved and gated side access, is the fully enclosed low-maintenance and private rear garden. Finally, there is access to a garden storeroom.
The house last underwent major refurbishment in 1984 when the last occupiers acquired it, and over the years many of its unique features have been lovingly maintained, but certainly now there is plenty of potential for new owners to really make it their own.
This really is a unique opportunity to acquire one of the most interesting houses in Cardiff. This prestigious tree-lined private area is truly an island of calm in the busy city centre, with a Grade II listed in/out colonnaded entrance, formal lawns and ornate ironwork archway street lights. Queen Anne Square properties are rarely on the market and offer much privacy and seclusion in a location which is undoubtedly unrivaled throughout the city.
Hallway – 4.10m x 4.35m (13’05” x 14’09)
Living room – 7.00m x 4.33m (22’11” x 14’02”)
Sun porch – 3.94m x 1.58m (12’11” x 5’03”)
Dining room – 4.53m x 3.98m (14’10” x 12’11”)
Study/office – 3.94m x 3.74m (12’11” x 12’03”)
Cloakroom & WC
Kitchen (breakfast area) – 3.17m/4.86m x 2.40m/1.58m (10’04”/15’11” x 7’10”/5’02”)
Kitchen (cooking area) – 4.86m x 2.40m (15’11” X 7’10”)
Rear lobby – 2.68m x 1.38m (8’10” x 4’06”) plus boiler room
Utility area one – 5.00m x 3.29m (16’05” x 10’09”) open to:
Utility area two – 4.70m x 2.33m (15’04” x 7’08”)
Landing – 4.27m x 4.09m (14’00” x 13’05”) max
Bedroom one – 5.68m x 3.96m (18’07” x 12’11”)
En-suite – 3.96m x 2.68m (12’11” x 8’09”)
Bedroom two – 4.53m x 3.93m (14’10” x 12’10”)
Bedroom three – 3.94m x 3.65m (12’11” x 11’11”)
Ensuite washroom WC
Bathroom lobby – 2.29m x 1.93m (7’06” x 6’04”)
Bathroom – 2.90m x 1.91m (9’06” x 6’03”)
Main attic - 3.7m x 5m (12'01" x 16'05") plus
Side loft space one - 1.8m x 5m (5'11" x 16'05")
Side loft space two - 1.8m x 5m (5'11" x 16'05")
Garage – 6.04m x 3.02m (19’09” x 9’10”)
Rear store room
TENURE - Understood to be FREEHOLD and to include a share of the management company owning and managing the communal land within Queen Anne Square. The annual maintenance fee is currently £250 per household, which includes regular maintenance of the communal trees and grounds, roadway, and even an autumn leaf collection for your front lawn. (Buyer's solicitor to confirm title.)
PLEASE NOTE that the house itself is NOT currently a listed building, and that refurbishment and reconfiguration is possible, subject to planning and building regulations consent, although being within a conservation area, significant changes to the front elevation may face some restrictions in order to preserve the special character of the street.
COUNCIL TAX – band I
EPC RATING – E51