Bursting with charm, this exquisitely renovated Algarvian townhouse nestles within the Historic Old Town of Lagos, the jewel in the crown of the ruggedly beautiful Southern Portuguese coastline. Tucked away not 200 metres from the main square of Praca de Gil Eanes, the quaint old cobbled street feels like a million miles from the hustle and bustle of lively Lagos. The gentle bells of the nearby Church of Sao Sebastio de Lagos pierce the tranquility infrequently and inoffensively. It’s hard to believe that literally just around the corner the thriving hotspot of Lagos is unveiled.
Contemporary bars, sophisticated boutiques and elegant restaurants blend pleasantly with surf shops, hipster hangouts and teeming terraces providing this small city with a truly cosmopolitan feel.
Spread over a total of 4 levels, the property has recently undergone a full and loving renovation (2020), contrasting the owner’s eye for design with the historical feel of the original features. The stunningly restored staircase deserves special mention itself!
The immaculate wood flooring, imported from the UK, oozes class and permeates the house exquisitely, creating pleasant harmony. Other noted highlights from the renovation include the triple glazed windows throughout and breakfast bar / table top, cut from reassuringly heavy Portuguese stone.
The delightfully tiled porch sets the scene for what lies behind the secured front door of the property. The facade remains intact with the original tiling so typical of Portuguese traditional architecture. The sophisticated lobby gives way to what would typically be regarded as the living area - currently used as a guest room due to the owner’s designer vision. The large street level window welcomes the natural light into the generously proportioned room - complete with shimmering en suite bathroom, again with delightfully selected tiling and basin.
The staircase is a gorgeous marble effect, sumptuously crafted and winds up to the first floor. An original feature of note are the ventilation portals, providing the house with a natural air flow all the way up to the 3rd floor, now tastefully doubling up as a unique shelving addition.
The 1st floor is home to what would traditionally be considered as the 2 bedrooms. The master is of a very good proportion and the other, though slightly smaller and currently incorporated as dressing room / work area, boasts a small balcony. The elegant bathroom on this floor is adorned with an exquisite, standalone bathtub reminiscent of yesteryear. The additional storage cubby hole completes this level’s dimensions.
The staircase spirals elegantly up to the 3rd floor - comprising of an open plan kitchen / dining / living area. The appliances are of the highest order Bosch brand, excluding the huge Rangemaster oven - ideal for aspiring chefs. Again, the owner’s eye for furnishings is clear as the extractor fan and faux brickwork tiling create a real culinary ambience. The stone table is of a high mount, maximising the space intelligently. Double doored access to the full length balcony brings air rotation and light, and the balcony itself is idyllic for that morning coffee.
The rolling staircase completes it’s journey at the top level - the rooftop terrace. The indulgent size of the terrace brings many options. Easily large enough for a full size table, sunloungers and BBQ, there are many other possibilities. The service of a plumbed water supply also adds to the attraction of the roof - a cooling shower could be easily installed, for example.
The views are tremendous, the eclectic mix of stylised rooftops gently climbing the hills of the Old Town are uniquely Southern European. West facing, the terrace is a great place to be as the Sun begins it’s measured descent on the horizon.
Throughout the house the various arched accompaniments and storage nooks and crannies help create the natural charm of this beautifully refurbished townhouse.
The house is triple glazed, Air Conditioning points are fitted, and the electrics were all fully updated upon renovation.
Ideal as a family home or sunny retreat, the investment opportunity here is also apparent. So close to the centre of the town and Marina, the beaches and transport systems, this property is massively rentable. With the current rate of growth showing no signs of slowing down the appreciation potential is high.
Lagos is a city seeing rapid growth within a country predicted to achieve the largest growth in the EU by the European Commission.
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