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Last week I was given the opportunity to have a look around and photograph the property I wrote about here.  The historic stone buildings were naval quarters for the British royal engineers and their servants in the 1850s and were restored and converted into townhouses in 2007.

The ground floor of the unit I looked at was very symmetrical divided on one side into a living room and on the other into a combined kitchen and dining room.  The stairs lead first to a mezzanine floor which houses the powder room and the laundry and then to the top floor which has been partitioned to provide three good-sized bedrooms with ample storage and two full baths.

One of the most unique areas of the property is the enclosed courtyard which is accessible through french doors off the kitchen and dining room.  This is a shared space available for use by the two adjoining properties. It was a little disappointing to see that the courtyard was under-utilised with neither of the two occupants making much use of it or its potential.  While it could be a fantastic and private outdoor dining and lounging area, it was obvious that it was a much neglected area.

It was a bittersweet experience looking around the townhouse.  As I suspected the interior had been modernised but to such an extent that most of the original features had been removed in the refurbishments.  The other unit I had a look around (but did not photograph as it was occupied) had a gas fireplace which provided a nice focal point the other unit lacked.  The townhouses are in an excellent location with a beach, shops, a drugstore, post office, cinema, restaurants and museums all within walking distance.  While they are situated at one of end of the island, the ferry ensures that it's a short commute to the capital and, as stated above, there are so many amenities available right on their doorstep this negates some of the inconvenience of not being in a more central location.   The Terraces truly are a unique living experience and I hope the next tenants will appreciate it as such.

Many more interior and exterior shots after the jump.

Images: island*atelier

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