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The not-so-humble terrace
Published 02/06/14

JACKSONS Residential has this charming two-bedroom bay-fronted terraced home situated within a short walk of the river. The property in Albert Road has a dual-aspect living room, a modern kitchen, two bedrooms and a ground floor bathroom. The property is available for a guide price of 365,000. For more details, call (01491) 412888.

IN architecture and city planning a terrace or townhouse is a style of medium-density housing that originated in Europe in the 16th century, where a row of identical or mirror-image houses shared side walls.

Although they later came to be associated with the working classes, one of the earliest examples of a terrace is the Place des Vosges in Paris, built between 1605 and 1612, which just oozes class and style.

In Britain, the first streets of houses with uniform fronts were built by the Huguenot entrepreneur Nicholas Barbon in the rebuilding of the city after the Great Fire of London. The style gained in popularity and reached its architectural peak during the Georgian period, when the idea of treating a row of houses as if it were a palace front, giving the central houses columned fronts under a shared pediment, first appeared.

The earliest examples of this style were seen in London’s Grosvenor Square from 1727 onwards, and in Bath’s Queen Square from 1729. The Scottish architect Robert Adam is credited with the development of the house itself.

Early terraces were also built by the two John Woods in Bath and under the direction of John Nash in Regent’s Park, London, and the name was picked up by speculative builders like Thomas Cubitt and soon became commonplace.

It is far from being the case that terraced houses were only built for people of limited means, and this is especially true in London, where some of the wealthiest people in the country owned terraced houses in locations such as Belgrave Square and Carlton House Terrace — hallmarks of Georgian architecture.

Today, historical and reproduction terraces have increasingly become part of the process of gentrification in inner-city areas.

Here we look at a few terrace houses available to buy in Henley.

THIS terrace house, at number 12 King’s Road in Henley, is a deceptively spacious period home with accommodation set over four floors with a cosy, warm ambience throughout.

The current owners have applied to the planning authorities for permission to build a side extension — a previously granted planning consent has lapsed.

On the ground floor, an impressive entrance hall with period cornicing provides access through to the fitted kitchen, two reception rooms and the lower ground floor, and the fourth bedroom/playroom.

To the front is a delightful living room with an angled bay window, period cornicing and ceiling roses, impressive open fireplace with marble-effect surround and a door out to the rear decked garden from the dining room.

The kitchen is well fitted with ample “cherrywood” wall- and base-units and doors lead out on to the designer decked garden which provides an additional “outside room”.

On the lower ground floor, a versatile room with approximately seven feet of headheight can be utilised in a variety of ways — either as a study, playroom or fourth bedroom. The main landing has plenty of storage and is at present being used as a study area. There is a luxury tiled bathroom with underfloor heating and separate new shower cubicle, two double bedrooms — both with period fireplaces — and on the top floor is the master bedroom with fitted storage facilities.

Outside, the designer decking has lighted seating areas and mature surrounds, and gated access to the rear passage.

The property is available through Peers and Hilton for a guide price of 575,000. For more details call (01491) 411033.

Published 02/06/14

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