30 Raeburn Place is a most impressive Georgian townhouse in the heart of the Stockbridge, one of Edinburgh’s most sought-after locations.
This spectacular property offers a plethora of traditional features and provides a rare opportunity to purchase a well-maintained example of architecture built by Henry Raeburn, the renowned Scottish Painter as part of his estate. The residential accommodation is accessed from street level. The entrance is cleverly tucked behind Stockbridge’s main street creating a quiet and tranquil home environment. A shared hallway leads to a stunning grand entrance hall giving access to all four levels. Enjoying both a south and northernly aspect, further enhanced by the stunning cupola over the staircase, 30 Raeburn Place takes full advantage of all-natural light.
The spacious accommodation is set over ground, first, second and lower ground level providing the following:
A front facing sitting room with a beautiful feature curved wall and working fireplace. The family sized fitted kitchen incorporates a welcoming space with ample room for dining together and a cosy snug perfect for enjoying the lovely views over the private rear garden.
The original flag-stone staircase to the first floor providing: double bedroom 1 and study or further bedroom 2 to the rear and beautiful south facing drawing room to the front. This room is flooded with natural light and further showcases numerous period features including ornate cornicing, original shutters and working fireplace to name a few. A well-proportioned bathroom offering 3-piece suite with shower over bath is also conveniently located on the first floor.
Second floor comprises: bedroom 3 to the rear and twin windowed bedroom 4 enjoying a bright and sunny south facing aspect. Another good-sized bathroom and excellent storeroom.
The utility room is located at this level handily keeping laundry and household necessities out of view. Access to the sheltered and private rear garden is also obtained at this level providing both lawn and patio area surrounded by mature shrubs and flowers.
Resident’s Permit Parking is available on street.
Situated less than a mile from Princes Street, Stockbridge is one of Edinburgh’s most sought-after locations forming the northern section of Edinburgh’s Prestigious New Town.
Stockbridge and neighbouring Comely Bank offer a vast array of independent shops, cosmopolitan bars, bistros and restaurants catering for a wide range of tastes and culinary delights.
With a large Waitrose in Comely Bank and Sainsburys Local within easy walking distance, grocery shopping is exceptionally convenient. Furthermore, the new development at Raeburn Place offers a Little Dobbies garden centre, fitness studio and Co-op close by. Further shopping can be found at nearby Craigleith Retail Park which provides a large M&S and Sainsbury’s.
Residents are spoilt for choice with local recreational facilities including Inverleith Park, The Royal Botanical Gardens, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and picturesque walks through the Dean Village and along the Water of Leith. For sporting enthusiasts, the Edinburgh Academicals rugby ground and The Grange Club which boasts tennis, hockey, squash and cricket facilities are within a few hundred yards of the front door.
The property is well situated for catchment of Stockbridge Primary and Broughton High, whilst a number of Edinburgh’s world-renowned private schools such as The Edinburgh Academy, Mary Erskine’s and Stewart’s Melville, St George’s and Fettes College within easy reach. The financial centre, Waverley and Haymarket railway stations and tram connecting to Edinburgh Airport are all within easy reach.
The house is one of five ‘elegant double villas’, as they are referred to in the Edinburgh volume of the Buildings of Scotland, built on each side of Raeburn Place by Henry Raeburn the famous Scottish painter as part of the development of his estate on the north side of the Water of Leith. The development included Ann Street, St Bernard’s Crescent, Danube Street and Carlton Street and was known as ‘Raeburnville’ at the time. Raeburn Place was the first of the sites to be built, beginning in 1813 during the Napoleonic wars. The Raeburn estate’s architect was James Milne, a distinguished draughtsman who is
likely to have been responsible for the neo-classical facades of the development and the characteristic features, such as the curving stone stairs and ironwork, found in some of the houses.
Number 30 and its neighbour 28 were the last of the buildings erected as part of the Raeburn Place development and built slightly later than the others due to a recession which intervened in 1825 when the north row was still incomplete. When building recommenced in better economic times a few years later numbers 30 and 28 were built retaining the same neo-classical facades and features but on a larger scale with higher ceilings and greater volume of accommodation. This may be seen from the street by comparing them with the other paired villas in Raeburn Place. Shops filled the front gardens all along the street in the late 19th century, detracting from the appearance of the houses but providing a barrier affording seclusion and quiet in the heart of the city. Behind the shops Number 30 is virtually complete as it was built with original proportions, cornices, plasterwork, fireplaces, woodwork, astragalled windows, and a stone-flagged entrance hall and curving stone staircase rising to the top of the house. The original terrace and walled garden lie behind the house.
Artistic painting of “A Spring Morning, Stockbridge”, kindly provided by Jennifer Thomson www.jenniferthomson.com . More of Jennifer’s paintings can be found on her website.
Viewings are encouraged and available by appointment.