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.
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.
Condition at sale: Shell / Unconverted
Ground rent: Freehold
Rooms in property: Bedrooms | Bathrooms | Kitchen | Entrance Hall | Study | Cellar
Pool: Space for pool
View: Town view
Roof: Private roof | Sold with airspace
Outside space: Backyard | Balcony