Almorah than meets the eye

Number 9 Almorah Crescent is more than a little bit special, least of all because it’s the last remaining townhouse in this historical development. This spacious and versatile property offers unrivalled accommodation for the growing family, within close proximity to the centre of town and is presented in walk in condition. Almorah Crescent is probably the most distinguished piece of Regency architecture in the Channel Islands and dates back to when Queen Victoria was on the throne. Houses in the Crescent were originally for sale in 1845, when they had very basic amenities, a far cry from the house you’ll see today.  

With every step you take on the six minute walk out of town to Almorah Crescent you get a little further away from the hustle and bustle of St Helier, despite its short distance from your front door.  The gentle incline up to this imposing property sees you standing on high ground commanding wonderful views.

Upon entering the property you get a real sense of its history, it’s a little like taking a step back in time, but with all of the securities of a modern house.  All of the rooms are well proportioned and benefit from being light and spacious, with beautiful high ceilings. The ground floor is home to a good sized dining room, featuring one of the properties six original fireplaces, which leads on to the well equipped kitchen.  This room makes the very best use of the original cupboards and Welsh dresser, whilst being complemented by all of the modern amenities you’d want, a large range style gas cooker, marble worktops and a large double sink, to name but a few.  Double doors in here open out on to the rear patio area, ideal for BBQ’s in the summer.  Off this room there is also access to a flagstoned scullery (honestly, it really is the original scullery) and plenty of storage areas too.  There is also a further door which leads you down to the basement, which has been cleverly converted into a home gym, but could just as well be made into a cinema, man den, or yoga room, the choices really are endless.
With all of that on the ground floor, it’s hard to imagine you’ll need much more space, but onwards we go to the first floor.  Here there is a cloakroom and room which would easily be used as a guest bedroom or snug.  There is also a large lounge which leads on to a south west facing balcony which spans the full length of this room and is accessed by large double doors.  This suntrap balcony is the perfect place to sit back and sip Pimms whilst watching the sun disappear over the horizon.  There is also a second room off the lounge, which is currently used as a games room and hosts a large full sized snooker table and shelves filled with books, making this the perfect space for entertaining.  Both of these rooms also have working fireplaces and lovely high ceilings, complete with their original ceiling roses and coving.

On to the next level and you find the large house bathroom and also there is a surprisingly, but sensibly placed laundry room, which is like no other. Massive in size it’s large enough to accommodate a football team’s laundry, complete with large airing cupboards too, this space will be invaluable to any family. You can also access this room from the back courtyard, making it the perfect place to store any wet weather, or perhaps wetsuits your family may have too.

Moving up to the master bedroom, which runs the full length of the front of the house and as such has views over St Helier’s rooftops to the sea at both La Collette on the south coast or to the right with Fort Regent and St. Aubins Bay in the distance. With enough room for a lounge area too, you’d be forgiven for wondering where you’ll be keeping your clothes, that is until you open the door which leads on to the incredible dressing room and luxurious en suite that has to be seen to be believed.  This really is an exceptional space, which has been decorated and finished beautifully, like every other room in the house.

Last, but by no means least you reach the final floor, which houses three of the five bedrooms.  Each room is spacious and light and has the benefits of beautifully sanded original floorboards, work that was completed by the current owners.  There is also access to a large loft here, which has been approved for conversion for further accommodation, if you should need it.

Whilst this house comprises 3,200 square feet of accommodation it doesn’t feel overwhelming.  Each room is well proportioned and has been beautifully renovated by the current owners, meaning there really is little for anyone considering purchasing the property to do, other than move in their furniture and perhaps making their own stamp on the interior.  Number 9 Almorah Crescent is a total gem which really does need to be seen to be fully appreciated, once you step through the front door you will be spellbound by its grandeur, it is a house that is just waiting to be filled with people and memories.