A unique Victorian home in the centre of Cambridge

PUBLISHED: 18:09 03 October 2016 | UPDATED: 15:36 13 October 2016

The light tower at 30 Panton Street

The light tower at 30 Panton Street


One of the finest examples of a Victorian family home currently up for sale in Cambridge, 30 Panton Street spans four floors and covers more than 3,700 square feet.

The garden at 30 Panton StreetThe garden at 30 Panton Street

All the traditional hallmarks one would expect from a property of this nature – and of this period – are present and correct. High ceilings, for example, are a welcome feature, as is a traditional double bay fronted façade made of Cambridge buff brick. Magnificent fire places can also be found in the formal rooms and in the master bedroom.

While the property is undoubtedly full of tradition, it does include a few pleasing modern touches. The fully fitted kitchen with underfloor heating has a double oven and a built-in coffee machine, as well as an instant hot water tap. One of the most impressive features of the house is a sealed wood burning fire located in the en suite bathroom of the master bedroom.

A further eye-catching addition is a 40-foot glass tower at the rear of the property, which not only brings in daylight but also lights up the night in a beautifully varied array of colours.

The current lower ground floor has its own private access and a small kitchen and bathroom, meaning that it could easily be turned into a self-contained apartment – or the future owner could continue to utilise the space in its current role as a home office.

A bathroom at 30 Panton StreetA bathroom at 30 Panton Street

Outside, at the rear of the property, is an enclosed garden – mostly lawn with some decorative box hedging and a planted border. Beyond the garden is a paved area leading to the front of the garage, which can be used as a second parking space.

Panton Street is situated in an ideal location close to Hills Road and Lensfield Road and is minutes away from the Botanic Garden. Cambridge railway station is also only half a mile away. Many of the city’s top schools are within walking and cycling distance and the historic city centre is easily accessible by foot.

Michael Houlden, of agents Strutt & Parker, said: “The main focal points are its central location, its convenience and its parking. It’s such a handsome house and it really does stand out so beautifully on the road.

“It’s like a London townhouse – it has that London feel in the heart of Cambridge.”

A bedroom at 30 Panton StreetA bedroom at 30 Panton Street

Commenting on the spacious interiors and other aspects of the home, Mr Houlden remarks: “It’s versatile and very well-proportioned, and the garden’s 
west facing.

“It’s probably most famous in the area for its glass spine which lights up the house at night. It’s like a beacon when it’s on – it’s stunning.

“It’s an old house with a bit of a contemporary twist, but not too heavy.”

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