This old period property sits in the heart of Lectoure in the medieval part of town and is typical of the many 18th century buildings which housed the shops which ran the length of the rue Nationale.
The main door to the property opens into the property from the street, with access to the shop, with a long hallway leading from the entrance of the property to the main living-accommodation at the rear.
The current owners have lived here for many years and first opened their shop in 1963, benefiting from one of the best positions in town for a commercial activity, close to the main square and the market.
This section of the property could once again be used as a shop, or - as we have seen in recent years - due to the lack of properties in town offering ground-floor living-accommodation, this space could be used as a ground-floor studio for anyone with mobility issues wishing to live just a few metres from all the shops and services Lectoure has to offer.
The downstairs shop/studio appartment benefits from a separate entrance, thus allowing the possibility for the rest of the house to be rented or occupied separately.
From the downstairs shop/studio appartment there is access to a large cellar, which was renovated just a year and a half ago.
At the far end of the hallway there is a simple quite old-fashioned kitchen, which was last refurbished in the 1960s, along with a ground-floor shower-room and Wc.
From a central position in the main hallway, there is an impressive view upwards along a magnificent staircase, with its delightful original wrought-iron hand-rail, to a glass-topped section of the roof, stretching some ten metres up off the ground floor.
This glass section of the roof provides the main source of light on the staircase and into the hallway down below.
On the first-floor we discover what is without doubt the most lovely room in the house : the main reception/dining-room, (42m²) which will delight all aficionados of classical 18th century rooms with its high ceilings, original parquet flooring and fireplace.
There are four bedrooms situated on the first and second floors of the building, one of which houses a fully working fireplace. The bedroom on the first floor has an ensuite shower room.
A staircase, hidden behind a door, leads up into the loft.
Central position in town with a shop/ground-floor studio appartment
Recent works to the roof which is being renewed
Historical quarter of Lectoure
Glorious staircase - several attempts have been made over the years to bid for the staircase and transport it away to other properties!
To whom will this property appeal?
This property will appeal to anyone looking to live in Lectoure in a central location and to either create an appartment of a studio, or open a commerce directly on to the rue Nationale.
The commercial space is light and bright and freshly renovated and one of the nicest on the high-street.
If the downstairs commercial space is used as living-accommodation, this property will appeal to anyone wishing to live in town, without the inconvenience of stairs or perhaps to an investor, wishing to rent the commercial space and develop an appartment to the rear of the building with a separate entrance.
It should be noted that the property itself requires updating to realise its full potential, apart from recent works to the roof. The property has been beautifully maintained by the current owners, but buyers today may wish to put their own stamp upon the kitchen and bathrooms, as well as some of the wall-papered walls.
Price € 210,000
Seller pays the agency fees.
Price / sq metre: €/m² 1,123.00
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Agency: BLISS IMMOBILIER
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