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1 Blake Mews, Blake Street, York

Offers In Excess Of £625,000

2 bedroom not specified

Enjoying a discreet location tucked away in the hears of this historic city with York Minster views, this delightful mews apartment offers luxurious accommodation with secure parking. It is a unique home and requires viewing in order to be fully appreciated. I t would make an ideal holiday let, second property or principal home.

York has many hidden architectural gems, and Bluebird is certainly an outstanding example. This mews apartment is tucked away behind Blake Street, an historic city centre street first referred to in the 1200s. Originally a sixteenth century terraced building, in 2004 it was subject to a redevelopment into four mews apartments. With the help of Conservation specialists, 600 years of history were uncovered including a timber-framed medieval house and a striking dome-roofed chamber, now the dining room at Bluebird. The layers of history added over centuries of building have been sensitively incorporated into the design of Blake Mews, sitting elegantly alongside the high tech and eco-efficient. The development won a design award in 2008.

  • First floor mews apartment totalling more than 1200 sq ft
  • Superb York Minster views from the sitting room
  • Unique domed dining chamber
  • Ample storage options including loft space
  • Good security including a video intercom with door phone
  • Garden and parking space
  • Quiet and discreet property with no property above
  • Tucked away from the bustling crowds in the middle of York city centre
  • Holiday lets permitted
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Bluebird is an outstanding, boutique, city centre mews apartment with a shared communal garden and secure parking space.

Original features abound including paned sash windows, fine ironmongery, exposed beams, fireplaces, ornate plasterwork and Regency wallpaper. Preserved medieval wall cabinetry is encased behind gallery glass.

The large and elegantly proportioned sitting room has a deep bay window that overlooks the communal garden and enjoys extraordinary views of York Minster.

Unique to Bluebird is the glorious, circular, domed dining room with a lightwell above, bespoke upholstered and heated seating, and glass dining table. This room of 9ft in diameter is playfully called ‘The Roundroom Bar’.

The contemporary kitchen breakfast room draws natural light from the south east, being entirely glazed to one side. It is skilfully designed with a concealed pantry cupboard, granite worktops, AEG integrated appliances and induction hob, and a useful store room alongside.

There are two large bedrooms, both with cast iron fireplaces and one with a window seat facing south west over Blake Street. The bathroom has high quality fixtures and fittings with a heated towel rail and partly partitioned bath area.

Every effort has been made to maximise natural light throughout the apartment.


The discreet door fronting Blake Street opens to a long stone flagged external corridor giving access to four properties, with two remote controlled gates providing extra security. A timber staircase rises to Bluebird’s entrance and front door with canopy above. Below the stairs is a generous store, fully secure and private. The same external corridor continues round to the communal space, a formal and verdant landscaped garden with ornamental acers, a well-established vine and a weather vane. A gate in wrought iron railings leads to the secure, communal parking area, accessed via Duncombe Place through remote controlled iron gates. Here is a single allocated parking space and a bicycle rack.


Bluebird lies in York city centre within the city walls and next to St Helen’s Square with Bettys and Stonegate, York’s famed pedestrian street that leads north to the Minster. All of York’s amenities are within comfortable strolling distance, including the botanical Museum Gardens and mainline railway station, which is ten minutes’ walk away.


Tenure: Long leasehold – 999 year lease from 2007. Management fees of circa £500per annum.

Holiday Lets: Permitted

Services: All mains services

Fixtures & fittings: Only those mentioned in these sales particulars are included in the sale. All others, such as fitted carpets, curtains, light fittings, garden ornaments etc., are specifically excluded but may be made available by separate negotiation.

Viewing: Strictly by appointment

Directions: The wrought iron gates that lead to the parking area can be found opposite the church of St Wilfred on Duncombe Place. Pedestrian access is via the black front entrance, found on Blake Street, on the opposite side to the Grand Assembly Rooms.

Local authority: City of York Council 01904 551550

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