Savills | 41 Grassmarket, Old Town, Edinburgh, EH1 2HS | Property for sale
1,717 sq ft(159.51 sq m)
Offers over £525,000

41 GrassmarketOld Town, Edinburgh, EH1 2HS

  • Under offer

Key features

  • Fantastic B-listed apartment set over two floors
  • Main door entrance with spiral stone staircase
  • Wonderful period features throughout the property
  • Situated in the heart of Edinburgh's historic Old Town
  • Fantastic views over The Grassmarket to Edinburgh Castle
  • Well-placed for all of the city centre's amenities

A wonderful double upper apartment with views over The Grassmarket to Edinburgh Castle, in the heart of the Old Town.

About this property

  • Closing Date - Wednesday 16th June at 12:00

    41 Grassmarket is a truly unique B-listed apartment situated in the heart of Edinburgh's historic Old Town. The accommodation is set out over two floors and boasts wonderful views over The Grassmarket to Edinburgh Castle.

    The property has its own front door at street level, with a stone spiral staircase leading to the accommodation on the second and third floors. There are many period features including wooden floors, fireplaces and working shutters which are complimented by a modern kitchen and bathrooms. The owners have recently undertaken home improvements with the redecoration of five rooms, replacement sash and case windows and marmoleum flooring.

    The sitting room is at the front of the property and enjoys some of the best views of Edinburgh Castle of any property in the city. There is a spacious modern kitchen to the rear, south facing side of the property, offering sunshine and privacy with room for a large dining table and chairs. There are five bedrooms set over two floors; four doubles and a single. A fully tiled, three piece bathroom with shower over bath downstairs and a double size shower room upstairs. The property benefits from having no surrounding neighbours and offers a unique sense of quiet and security for an inner city home.

    The property suits a variety of uses. It has been a wonderful family home for my clients since the late 1970's and in recent years the upper floor has operated as a very successful holiday rental with 5 star reviews. There is also potential for converting the property into two separate apartments, subject to obtaining the necessary consents, as was in the original design.

    A former brewery gatehouse, it was built in 1858 to a design by David Cousin (1809 – 1878): ‘small but richly detailed Jacobean front block of the Old Heriot Brewery, with ogee-roofed turret at the right and a spiral tower to the left. Strap worked pediments over the corniced doors and rose and thistle finials at the centre dormer-heads.' (Edinburgh by Gifford, McWilliam and Walker). The building is within the Edinburgh World Heritage site and one of the few points of delight on the south side of the Grassmarket.

    David Cousin was one of the most talented architects and landscape architects of his generation, studying under William Playfair. As Edinburgh City Architect from 1841 to 1872, he was responsible for many prominent buildings, cemeteries and churches in the city as well as the design of East Princes Street Gardens. His design for the Corn Exchange (yet another specialism of his) brought him to the Grassmarket mid-career and, commissioned by Jeffrey's brewery, he returned to design the gatehouse next door.

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This is one the most unique properties anywhere in Edinburgh. The location is superb and I love the views over The Grassmarket to Edinburgh Castle.

Jamie McNeillProperty agent

Local information

  • 41 Grassmarket sits below Edinburgh Castle and forms part of Edinburgh's historic Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Grassmarket is a unique inner city "village"; a mixed residential area which sits alongside the busy cafes, bars and restaurants all within view of Edinburgh Castle. Throughout the year a variety of markets, festivals and events are hosted on the doorstep.
  • A five minute walk will take you to the university quarter, Princes Street gardens, and a selection of theatres, cinemas and galleries. This really is Edinburgh's centre.
  • Princes Street, George Street, St Andrews Square and the new St. James Quarter are within easy reach and offer all the amenities you would expect of a capital city with local, high street and luxury retail shopping, Michelin starred dining establishments and many excellent bars and cafes.
  • Waverley Train Station is close by and there is a regular bus service from outside the front door. Edinburgh's Commercial District is also within reach. The property is in the catchment for Tolcross Primary and James Gillespies High School whilst a number of Edinburgh's top fee-paying schools are nearby.
  • The property is in the catchment for Tolcross Primary and James Gillespies High School whilst a number of Edinburgh's top fee-paying schools are nearby.

Additional information

  • Listing - The property is B-listed and lies within the Old Town Conservation Area and Edinburgh's World Heritage Site.
  • EPC Rating = D