El­e­gant Ge­or­gian home is given a new lease of life for 21st century

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale

35 St Saviour­gate, York. Price: £950,000. Con­tact: Sav­ills, York, tel: 01904 617818, www. sav­ills.co.uk THIS gor­geous Ge­or­gian is one of York’s most de­sir­able prop­er­ties but it was any­thing but when Ser­ena Lang bought it in 2012.

It was one of two town houses that had been carved up into three flats in the 1960s.

“We lived in York and we were look­ing for an­other house when this property came on the mar­ket.

“The flats had been split hor­i­zon­tally across the two houses and so there was a lot of work needed to bring the prop­er­ties back to how they were orig­i­nally,” says Ser­ena.

Some of the pe­riod fea­tures had been pre­served, though many, in­clud­ing the orig­i­nal stair­cases and win­dows, had been lost.

Ser­ena, a sea­soned ren­o­va­tor, hired a joiner to recre­ate a Ge­or­gian-style stair­case with hand-turned spin­dles. She also used tra­di­tional lime plas­ter, re­paired orig­i­nal cor­nic­ing and in­stalled new, wooden sash win­dows. The kitchen units are be­spoke and were made by lo­cal crafts­man Peter Thomp­son.

“We wanted to pre­serve the fea­tures that were left while mak­ing the house com­fort­able for mod­ern day liv­ing.

“It made for a re­ally ex­cit­ing project, es­pe­cially when we went into the at­tics, which were like a mu­seum. They hadn’t been touched for 150 years,” says Ser­ena, who adds: “It was dif­fi­cult at times. We wanted to use lime plas­ter be­cause it’s bet­ter for the build­ing but you have to love it. It took about three months to do but there were lots of high points like when we took the old fire es­cape down. That made all the dif­fer­ence to the ex­te­rior of the property.”

The grade two listed house for sale now has an en­trance, draw­ing room, din­ing room, break­fast kitchen, util­ity room and cloak­room on the ground floor.

Up­stairs, there is a mas­ter bed­room with en-suite, four fur­ther bed­rooms and three bath­rooms,

Out­side, there is a court­yard gar­den and two sin­gle garages. The garages have been topped with a “green” se­dum roof, which

We couldn’t bear to rent it out. It’s just too nice. It needs a lov­ing owner.

acts as a rain sponge and as in­su­la­tion.

Ser­ena, who lives in the other ren­o­vated town house next door, was plan­ning to let num­ber 35, but de­cided to sell.

“We spent so much time and money on it we couldn’t bear to rent it out. It’s just too nice. It needs a lov­ing owner,” she says.

Es­tate agent Tanya Cof­fey, of Sav­ills, says: “It’s a per­fect com­bi­na­tion of Ge­or­gian de­sign and con­tem­po­rary in­flu­ences. It also has views of the Min­ster.”

St. Saviour­gate is in the pop­u­lar con­ser­va­tion area of Aldwark and is tucked away within York’s city walls. The area is a tar­get for house­hunters across the coun­try who want to be close to all the city has to of­fer, in­clud­ing shops, restaurants, the race­course, the­atres and renowned schools, in­clud­ing St Peter’s and Bootham. York’s rail­way sta­tion of­fers reg­u­lar ser­vices to Lon­don King’s Cross, some of which take un­der two hours.

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