Historic Townhouse

Birkirkara
€1,150,000
3   beds   2   bath shower
Back Garden

This historic townhouse needs significant work to realise its full potential, but the structure is sound and original features abound.

Ground Floor

A tall, arched hallway greets guests at the front entrance. With some work, the original grandeur of this historic townhouse could be restored.

Dimensions: 8.5m x 2.6m

Back Garden

From the ground level, doors at the rear of the property open into a peaceful, private back garden, filled with 20 citrus, olive and fig trees. You can also see the original balustrade in this photo, which is at the start of the main staircase.

Dimensions: 16m x 11m

Back Garden

Ancient stone benches line the walkway in the back garden. With a careful hand, this garden could be teeming with flowers and fruit.

Dimensions: 16m x 11m

Hallway to Back Garden

The front doors open into this expansive hallway, which leads directly to the back garden.

Dimensions: 8.5m x 2.6m

Ground Floor

The property will need a complete electrical re-wiring throughout.

Dimensions: 5.2m x 4.7m.

Ground Floor

Dimensions: 4.2m x 2.6m

Ground Floor

Natural light abounds in those abutting the back garden and front.

Dimensions: 4.2m x 2.6m

Ground Floor

A series of interlocking rooms provide the new owner with a multitude of options. This room, with views of the garden, could be a new breakfast area, private lounge or even a library.

Dimensions: 4.2m x 2.6m

Ground Floor

A glimpse of the xorok in the upper right, this room amongst others has a ceiling height worthy of a chandelier.

Dimensions: 4.8m x 4.2m

Ground Floor

Features remain from the last renovation, including these wooden doors and wooden shutters throughout.

Dimensions: 4.2m x 2.6m

Ground Floor

The original stone walls are visible in some rooms. The new owner will need to decide whether to re-plaster the property or to strip away the plaster to reveal the character of the the original bricks.

Dimensions: 4.8m x 4.2m.

Ground Floor

Original tiles are barely visible beneath the dust from decades of unuse, yet are in remarkably good condition for their age.

Cellar

The cellar provides useful, extra space, perhaps for a hotel kitchen or a wine collection.

Ground Floor
Main Staircase
Main Staircase

The original stonework in the main staircase is in excellent condition.

Main Staircase

Original features abound in this historic townhouse.

Main Staircase

Original features abound in this historic townhouse.

Main Staircase, First Floor

Original features abound in this historic townhouse.

First Floor

An open, light-filled hallway greets visitors at the top of the main staircase.

Rooms leading off from the hallway could be up to three large, private suites for hotel guests, or bedrooms for an owner choosing to live in the property.

Dimensions: 2.6m x 8.5m

First Floor

The upper hallway provides access to the three rooms on the first floor.

First Floor

Similar to the ground floor’s layout, the first floor comprises a series of rooms with connecting doors, tall ceilings and large windows.

Dimensions: 4.7m x 2.5m

First Floor The rooms are expansive, almost as tall as they are wide. The ceiling tiles mirror the intricacy of the floor tiles.Dimensions: 4.7m x 5.2m
First Floor

The back rooms' windows open onto a view of the private garden.

Dimensions: 4.7m x 2.5m

First Floor

Large doorways and windows create a sense of openness.

Dimensions: 4.7m x 2.5m

First Floor

The doors on the left open onto a large back terrace, overlooking the garden.

First Floor

With the doors to the terrace on the right, visitors can see straight ahead the second staircase leading up to the roof.

First Floor

Seen from the back terrace, sunlight suffuses the upper floor. Glimpses of the original tile are visible beneath a majestic, original stone lintel.

Bathroom

The townhouse has two bathrooms, both of which need replacing. 

Second Staircase

A narrow but architecturally beautiful spiral staircase leads from the first floor to the roof, which comes with full airspace rights.

Back Terrace

Seen from the roof, a back terrace is accessed from the first floor. 

Just the right size for stretching out on a summer’s day with a book and a cold drink, or for a small party to watch the sun set together.

Dimensions: 2.8m x 3.0m

Roof

The spiral staircase finishes in a small, plumbed workroom on the roof, which stretches the full length and width of the property.

Dimensions: 12.2m x 8.5m

Description

In the heart of Birkirkara stands this landmark, unconverted townhouse, perfect for a buyer looking for a genuinely historic building to convert into a boutique hotel or luxurious private residence. The property comprises of two parts, a street-level independent seven roomed unit and the house itself. On entering the house, one finds an entrance hall leading to large rooms on both sides that could be converted into a sitting room, living room, kitchen and bathroom. A huge back garden with 20 mature trees and a well can be entered from the end of the entrance hall.

After climbing the wide stairs to the first floor, one finds a spacious landing, three double bedrooms, a study and a 9-metre square terrace overlooking the garden. A traditional spiral staircase leads to a bathroom and the roof.

Approximately 200 years old, this townhouse was built at the height of Maltese architecture. To wander through its tall rooms and up its winding staircases is to be transported back to a time when a building's ability to withstand the ravages of time was held equal to its architectural value. To own this building is to own a piece of history.

A diamond in the rough, this property needs an owner who appreciates the natural beauty of the original staircases, arches on the ground floor, stone slabs “xorok”, wooden beams, tall ceilings, classic Maltese tiled floors and a large front Maltese balcony, and who is prepared for a significant conversion of the property to modern standards.

ABOUT BIRKIRKARA

Birkirkara has the largest population on the island and is one of the oldest towns. Today, it has mostly modern buildings, although the town retains a traditional core with narrow streets, alleyways and typical Maltese houses. There are many places of interest in Birkirkara, amongst them the Old Railway Station which is located within a public garden. Other town features include the Wignacourt Aqueduct, built in the 17th Century, and St Helen's Basilica, housing Malta's largest church bell.

Birkirkara homes are in the lower middle range for prices. It is a convenient place to live; one can find almost anything one needs close by.

The Public Bus Terminus provides easy transport south and north. On Wednesday the town hosts an open market. The garden at the Old Railway Station is public. One of the biggest supermarkets in Malta is here as well.


Features
Ref: MT-100105
Property Type: Townhouse
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Age: 200 - 300
Condition at sale: Shell / Unconverted
Ground rent: Freehold
Rooms in property: Bedrooms | Bathrooms | Kitchen | Entrance Hall | Study | Cellar
Pool: Space for pool
Facilities: Well
View: Town view
Roof: Private roof | Sold with airspace
Outside space: Backyard | Balcony