You will be converted to the idea of apartment living in this flat in a converted church in Edgbaston .

Apartment five is in the 19th century church of St James.

Built in the 1840s, it was deconsecrated more than a century later, then lay derelict before being rescued by developers and turned into unique living spaces.

It is in Charlotte Road in Edgbaston, the upmarket suburb fondly, and frequently, described as “leafy”.

Though industrial development was barred there, it has some major employers nearby, including the QE Hospital.

Designed in the French Gothic style at a time when Queen Victoria was still at the start of her long reign, from the outside it still looks as if it is ready to welcome worshippers.

During the 1970s it was badly damaged after a tramp moved in and lit a fire to try and keep himself warm. .

However, all signs of that are gone after specialists were called in to repair or recreate anything that had been broken or damaged.

The church has some beautiful features, such as the round rose and the high arched windows.

It has actually been featured in a number of TV series, including Hustle and Dalziel and Pascoe.

This particular apartment includes original beams, stonework and Gothic-style arched windows.

It has 1,921sq ft of space that includes an open plan living/dining room with maple floorboards, and a fitted kitchen with ivory coloured units, granite work surfaces and appliances. Other rooms include a study, utility and guest toilet. Upstairs the first floor landing acts as a mezzanine over the ground floor lounge area.

A master bedroom has a large glass panel that overlooks the ground floor. It has an original stone arch, a dressing room and en suite shower room. The second bedroom also has a glass panel overlooking the living room and an en suite bathroom with original stone archway and window.

Outside there are well tended communal gardens in the old church yard. It has parking in designated areas and a garage/storage unit.

Keen sports people will find it handy for popular local clubs, including Edgbaston Priory, Edgbaston and Harborne Golf Clubs, The Archery Tennis Club and the Warwickshire County Cricket Ground.

It is only a short distance from Five Ways Station and the Hagley Road island with Broadway Plaza. A quick walk would also get you to High Field Road with restaurants like The Edgbaston, The High Field, Simpsons and the Norjske bar.

VIEWING INFORMATION

AGENT: Robert Powell

TEL: 0121 454 6930

WEB: www.robertpowell.co.uk

GUIDE PRICE: £450,000