This apartment in the converted St James Church off Charlotte Road in Edgbaston has real star quality.
The uniqueness of the interior, with its huge rose window taking up almost one end of the living space, has made it popular with location scouts and photographers.
As a result, viewers of the popular series Hustle or Dalziel and Pascoe may remember seeing it pop up in episodes.
Owners Damon Palmer and his partner Donna Carter have been happy to loan out their home for filming or advertising shoots.
“We have had articles in magazines and we are both hairdressers so we know a lot of people and people hear about the apartment through word of mouth,’’ said Damon.
“The film crews are pretty sympathetic. You go out for the day then come back and everything is back to normal. It is just when you see it on the programme you suddenly go ‘that’s where I live!’”
It was the character and unusualness of the building that first caught the couple’s attention when they were house hunting 10 years ago and looking for somewhere near their salon in Sheepcote Street.
“The salon is in a Listed building – Liberty Place – which was part of the rejuvenation of the area,’’ said Damon. “We were looking for somewhere as near to the salon as possible without being on top.
“We were living in the Edgbaston area but in a sort of new build so we were looking for something with a bit more character, which this definitely has. It’s just so unique.”
The church, which is French Gothic and dates back to the 1840s, had been deconsecrated some years earlier and lain derelict before it was restored by developers and divided into apartments.
“In the 70s, a tramp moved in and set a fire to keep warm so there was a lot to do,” said Damon. “They retained everything they could or had specialists in to recreate the stone windows that were broken or damaged in the fire.”
The renovation was completed by the time Damon and Donna saw the three-bedroom apartment so all that remained was for them to stamp their own personal style on to it.
“Because it is a big apartment we had to buy larger furniture. Some things we had before fitted in but mainly we had to buy the whole lot again, which was great fun.
“We wanted a mix of the contemporary and modern, and some older furniture to fit in with the building and beams,” said Damon.
Amid the many pictures and paintings that decorate the apartment, there is also a picture of royalty. “The church was given a Renaissance Award for its restoration and Prince Edward presented it,’’ said Damon.
“He came into our apartment to see how they had done it and we met him and showed him round.
“He seemed impressed, he was a really nice guy.”
They have reluctantly decided to sell because their son is now four and they are looking for a house with a private garden to play in, rather than the well-maintained, but communal, grounds.
“We feel like we need a back door so he can go outside and we can keep an eye on him,’’ added Damon.
“We don’t really want to leave but it is the right thing to do. We will be looking for something Victorian, Edwardian or Georgian in this area, a nice-looking house with a bit of character...”
The three-bedroom apartment is set out over three floors within the former St James Church.
There is a garage and parking area off Packenham Road with a secure gate entry system. Steps rise up from here to the entrance of the church.
Inside there is a hallway with maple wood floorboards, and guest cloakroom with toilet.
A door leads into the open-plan sitting room and dining room with a kitchen area off. This is fitted with matching wall and base units with solid granite worktops, integrated fridge/freezer, integrated dishwasher, washing machine/tumble dryer, four-ring electric hob with extractor over and electric oven/grill beneath, space for full-height fridge/freezer and a tile effect floor.
The open-plan living space has many original features and offers a number of layout options. The ceiling is high-vaulted and contains arched dark wooden beams. At the gable-end wall is the beautiful and decorative rose window, which is a reminder of the history of the building. This room also benefits from maple wood floorboards.
These can also be found on the first floor where there is access to two bedrooms and a shower room.
Bedroom two has integrated wardrobes, full-depth circular alcove with window looking into the eave level of the living space beneath. It also has dark wood beams and Velux-style windows in the slanted ceiling.
Bedroom three also has windows in the sloped ceiling and dark wood beams – a feature which can also be found in the shower room.
On the second floor is the master bedroom, which has Velux-style windows integrated into the sloping roof and traditional dark wood wall and ceiling beams.
There is also a bathroom with more Velux-style windows and dark wood ceiling beams.
Another small room is suitable for storage as it has reduced head height in some areas.
Outside, the church has well-tended lawn areas with some flower bedding. The grounds are surrounded by security gating and there is parking in designated areas. There is also a garage block offering more parking options.
Agent: Robert Powell
Tel: 0121 454 6930.
Guide Price: £375,000