Completely renovated and restored monumental town house with private and sunny garden
For many Leiden residents, also known as ‘Leidenaren’, Steenschuur 15 is inextricably linked to Dansinstituut Alphenaar (dance institute) where many learned their first ballroom dance steps. In 2014, the current owners bought this property and started the long but exciting process of restoration and renovation.
The property appeared to have quite the history, leading all the way back to the 15th century! The architectural-historical research as published by ‘Conserf – Monumentenzorg’ in 2014 reads: “After having functioned for half a century as the dance school “De Alphenaar for Leidenaren”, a new chapter for the national monument Steenschuur 15 in Leiden awaits in 2015. Architectural research conducted in archives and in the building itself has revealed six construction phases. The oldest bricks in both the right façade and the cellar date from the 15th century. It is likely that the beams also date from that period. The current roof and rear facade were built in the 16th century. In the 17th century a stepped gable was added to the building and a century later transverse straight staircases and the beamed ceilings covered with stucco ceilings were placed. The stepped gable also underwent a metamorphosis into a frame gable. The current face in neo-renaissance style was created in 1920. In 1958 the rear house was demolished and a new extension was added, including the coverage of the courtyard which became the dance hall. After the current restoration, the building will become a residential home once again.”
After having lived with great pleasure in the house for the past 5 years, the current owners could not resist the temptation of purchasing another unique (yet somewhat smaller) monumental building in the center of Leiden and to take on a comparable intensive restoration journey. For that reason, this beautiful and rightfully ‘unique’ residential property is now for sale.
Some of the remarkable features:
- the house has a living area of no less than 440 m2, basement excluded.
- the unique live-in kitchen has an area of approx. 13.4 x 7.8 m.
- the house has a spacious ‘inner garden’ plus a beautiful walled city garden of approx. 16 x 10 m. The garden has a back entrance, is located on the NE and is deep and wide enough to be sunny all day from March/April.
- all facades and roofs are insulated, almost all windows have insulating glazing and most of the floors on the ground floor are insulated.
- the live-in kitchen (utility room, hall and toilet included), the living room, hallway and toilet plus all bathrooms have underfloor heating.
- all technical installations are completely ‘up-to-date’.
Also the location can be called privileged. Directly in front of the house lies the entrance to the Van der Werfpark (city park) and diagonally opposite is the recently completely renovated Garenmarkt located. This used to be a cluttered square full of cars, but is now a beautiful new town square with an underground garage. As a resident you are given the opportunity to purchase one or more annual tickets for this garage at an interesting low rate. And if this weren’t enough, all other popular facilities that make living in Leiden’s city center so well-liked are also within walking and cycling distance.
For a good impression of the style, quality and layout of this one-of-a-kind property, we refer you to the extensive photo presentation and floor plans. For an in-person viewing, please contact our office.
Transfer: approx. 1st quarter 2022
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