We are pleased to advise that a jewel of a property and home has come onto the market for the first time since its purchase and construction in 1980. Situated in a prime position on terraced land above Kensington Drive, the property is perched high enough above sea level but close enough to hear the crashing of waves at spring tides or when the ocean is turbulent from gales and storms at sea.
Designed by Barry Clark, charted architect, who lived and conducted his practice from Clark Road, Glenwood (named after his grandfather), and Paolo da Costa, who designed and oversaw a number of additions and upgrades, the impressive home built on the property has been the family residence for the present owners for nearly 38 years.
Several homes adjacent to, or opposite 35 Stirling Crescent, have all been purchased and occupied by people of high net worth in the past several years, all with children from toddlers to young teenagers, three of which have been sales as recently as one and two years ago.
Reason for bringing the property onto the market:
The present owners’ three sons have all grown up since childhood at “Stonegate”. They’ve all attended local schools, from pre-school to high school level, before attending universities local and abroad (UK). They are all professionals and have made their homes locally and abroad.
Far too large for a retired couple, who now wish to downsize, the property is ideally suited to a family with young and growing children.
Brief History of the Property:
The land on which the dwellings now standing on 35 Stirling Crescent and 37 Stirling Crescent was a single sub-division from the Herbert Evans Estate (founder and owner of the Herbert Evans and Parthenon Paint Company, later to be named Plascon Evans and eventually bought out by Barlow World and now named Plascon.
Neil Evans, the son had intended to build his own mansion on the one acre sub-division, but before he got started, he found a house to his liking in Northumberland Place.
He put the land up for sale, and two best of friends, both medical professionals who in those days had their practices in Durdoc Centre, Smith Street, had recently got divorced from their spouses, bought the land and sub-divided it into almost equal half acre plots.
Their intention was to build a home on each and integrate the garden areas with a swimming pool and entertainment area on the one and a tennis court on the other. However, while the subdivision was being finalized, the one party decided to return to his wife.
That thwarted the entire project, so they decided to abandon their plans and put both plots up for sale. The land remained unsold for a few years - the reason, as cited by estate agents, was that building societies and banks were not granting mortgage finance on vacant ground at the time.
However, the buyers of both 35 and 37 Stirling Crescent who were second cousins had access to financing and both built their homes there during 1980/1981.
The Herbert Evans mansion and what is left of
the estate still stands proudly behind number 35 and 37 Stirling Crescent. After Evans’s death, his widow continued to
live there alone until her death, before the property was acquired by the
German government for the use of their consul for several years, and then sold
to the present owner.