DESCRIPTION Berkley Square (formerly the Plymouth headquarters of Barclays Bank), is a Grade II listed, post war constructed building, is the home to three commercial ground floor units, namely, the popular and fashionable restaurants KuKu, La Roux café and wine bar and The Slug & Lettuce bar and restaurant. Incredibly centrally located within Plymouth City Centre, and, with it, just a two-minute walk from the Theatre Royal and Plymouth's iconic Plymouth Hoe, waterfront, the development is both visually and practically pleasing.
The development enjoys the security benefit of a CCTV system and has Mag-locked security doors to the apartments, along with a complete door entry system. There is an inner courtyard area and an impressive, communal, entrance lobby and communal, entrance hallway with a lift and a common staircase serving all floors. It is extremely easy to meander from the development down to the Plymouths historic Barbican quarter and dining and drinking options are a-plenty, in most directions from the property and within just a couple of minutes.
The light, airy and roomy apartment is positioned on the second floor of the building and has double glazed sash windows that achieve the balance between period styling and insulation, resultant in the aforementioned light and airy feel of the home. Warmth is provided by gas central heating and the extremely spacious, open plan living areas include a lounge area, dining area and a stylish kitchen area with an island unit. The Kitchen has fitted oven, hob, appliance spaces and plumbing for a washing machine. The private entrance hall gives an immediate feeling of the space that is going to greet you upon entering the apartment, which briefly comprises; reception hall, lounge/diner/kitchen area, master bedroom, en-suite shower room, second double bedroom and principal bathroom. For anybody looking to start, or add to, their rental portfolio, this would seemingly present an ideal opportunity given that the current tenant, is The Ministry of Defence, whom I'm told, would be eager to retain the lease of the apartment? I'm sure that you would agree, they'd be a most reliable tenant?
BARBICAN Drake and Cook both knew the harbour well, Drake being a Devon man and Cook setting out on all three of his Pacific journeys from here. Then there were the many other groups of settlers bound for different parts of the New World; America, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Many convicts too bade farewell to England's shores from here, among them the Tolpuddle Martyrs in 1834 who, having been fully pardoned, were back sooner than they had anticipated and who spent several nights in March 1838 in the Dolphin Hotel here before returning to Dorset. Historically this area, which flanks the bodies of water known today as Plymouth Sound and The Cattewater has always been well-provided for in terms of public houses. There is also a high concentration of restaurants and food outlets, among them Britain's oldest bakery (it was operating in the sixteenth-century) - Jacka's - and further around the Harbour, the old town's oldest remaining inns; the King's Head, at Bretonside and the Minerva in Looe Street. This building, like the contemporary Elizabethan House museum in New Street, is a timber frame structure with its staircase constructed around the mast of an old ship. Both were built as dwelling houses and the conversion of the former to a pub is by no means a rarity around the Barbican, indeed several of the oldest premises around the Barbican, have, in the last ten to twenty years, been converted to pubs or restaurants. The China House is where Cookworthy is thought to have undertaken his pioneering work on the production of porcelain in the 1750s, one hundred years after this warehouse had been built. It remains one of the few waterside warehouses in the country still to have water lapping three of its walls. The Greedy Goose in the Prysten House, alongside St Andrew's Church, is located in what is probably the oldest domestic structure in the heart of old Plymouth. The Refectory Cocktail bar in the Distillery complex is thought to have been the home of the earliest-known (medieval) Plymouth Guildhall. In the adjacent rooms Plymouth Gin has been produced since 1793. Exported to dozens of countries around the world all the Plymouth Gin you see is produced here, and guided tours of the distillery are available throughout the year. There is indeed plenty to interest you around the wider Barbican area and in addition to the other attractions mentioned above, there are also the delightful Elizabethan Gardens in New Street, the Merchant's House Museum in St Andrew Street. On the other side of the Magistrates Court to the Prysten House and St Andrew's Church can be found. Bombed during the war, the walls and tower survived and the refurbished mother church of the city was re-opened in 1958. Plymouth's second parish church, Charles, was left in a similar condition after the Blitz, however in this instance the decision was taken not to rebuild, but rather to leave the structure as it was, as a graphic memorial to the destruction.
PLYMOUTH Plymouth is a city with one of the largest natural harbours in the world. To the north is the Dartmoor National Park extending to over 300 square miles which provides excellent recreational facilities. Plymouth itself has a population of well over 250,000 and has a full range of shopping, educational and sporting facilities. There is a mainline train service to London Paddington and to Penzance in Cornwall. Brittany Ferries operates seasonal services from Plymouth to France and northern Spain.
ACCOMMODATION Reference made to any fixture, fittings, appliances or any of the building services does not imply that they are in working order or have been tested by us. Purchasers should establish the suitability and working condition of these items and services themselves.
SERVICES Mains water, gas, electricity and mains drainage.
VIEWING By appointment with LAWSON.
OUTGOINGS We understand the property is in band 'D' for council tax purposes and the amount payable for the year 2018/2019 is £1742.67 (by internet enquiry with Plymouth City Council). These details are subject to change.
FLOOR PLANS AND ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATE These Floorplans are set out as a guideline only and should not be relied upon as a representation of fact. They are intended for information purposes only and are not to scale. The Energy Performance Certificates are produced by an external source and Lawson do not accept responsibility for their accuracy.
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The vendor has advised that the lease has been extended to 999 years from 2004, the maintenance fee is £360 per quarter. Annual ground rent £50