The heritage-listed Watanabe Residence in Maizuru City, Kyoto Prefecture, is listed for sale for 25,800,000 Yen (approx. 235,000 USD), leaving locals concerned about its fate. The 150-year old merchant house is registered as a Tangible Cultural Property.
House & Land | 1 Bedroom + 1 Bathroom Nakanocho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto City
This is a fully renovated traditional ‘machiya’ townhouse in central Kyoto City. The home has been completely renovated, with a new concrete slab foundation, natural Japanese ash hardwood floors, all new plumbing and electrical, kitchen with 3-burner gas cooktop and grill, TOTO electric toilet, system bath, Japanese tsubo-niwa garden, new windows and drywall, new siding on end of house.
To make the home as comfortable as possible in the warmer and colder months, there is full floor heating in the ground floor living/dining/kitchen and powder room, air-conditioners/heaters on the 1st (1 unit) and 2nd (2 units) floors, double-glazed windows, and insulation in the ceiling and walls.
This house is one of 10 terraces, with five on the northern side of the laneway and five on the southern side. It is at the end of the terrace and shares a party wall with one neighbor on the eastern side. According to tax records obtained from the Kyoto City Tax Office, the terraces were built around 1902, making them 116 years old.
The location is great for someone looking for a weekender, with Nijo Castle just down the street and the popular Sanjo Street a 15 minute walk. A 15 minute walk to the East will take you to the Kyoto Imperial Palace. Continue walking another 10 minutes and you will find yourself at Kamo River, just upstream from the Ritz-Carlton. From Kyoto Station, it is about a 15 ~ 20 minute ride by taxi. For public transport options, it is a 9 minute walk to Nijojo-mae Station on the Tozai Subway Line.
There is currently one licensed machiya ryokan operating in the laneway, with another two of the terraces currently in the process of being renovated and converted into licensed ryokans.
The house is located alongside a 1.6 meter wide laneway with no car access. Due to the width of the laneway, the house cannot be rebuilt. The land is zoned as Category I Residential.
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*Price is in Japanese Yen. USD conversion is provided as a general guide only and is subject to change based on exchange-rate fluctuations. Rate of 110.74 Yen as at Feb. 21, 2019.