Cospicua (Bormla), Converted Town House
A beautifully restored traditional town house in the fortified city of Cospicua, one of the most historical towns of Malta. Along with Birgu and Senglea, this area is often referred to as the ‘Three Cities’ and it is within the magnificent Grand Harbour. This magnificent property is just a short walk from the harbour front and all the historical landmarks and local amenities with excellent transport connections. This newly renovated town house offering 3/4 self-contained suites (which could be ideal as individual rental investments), offers a warm blend of traditional features and modern functionality after a meticulous conversion and is finished to a truly sublime standard by its present owner that has to be viewed in person to be fully appreciated. Accommodation layout features approximately 239 sqm of internal space and another 86 sqm externally with the roof terraces whilst there is also an independent 1-bedroom duplex maisonette with a spacious cellar. The spacious accommodation features a grand entrance hall, sitting room (with a real working fireplace), dining room, kitchen, study, 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, rooftop kitchen/laundry area and 2 roof terraces with a ‘Balinese’ splash bathtub and presents an ideal opportunity to enjoy outdoor living with an elevated dining/BBQ area whilst enjoying the beautiful harbour views. Highlights include an elevator (serving all floors), solid marble floor tiles, wooden parquetry flooring, under floor heating in the main bathroom, three bespoke fully equipped kitchens, CCTV alarm system, and solar heating. This outstanding residence has an abundance of charm as well as a wealth of original architectural features throughout, including original Maltese patterned floor tiles, wooden doors and apertures, a traditional iron staircase, and flagstone floors.
The Three Cities
Vittoriosa, Senglea and Cospicua are the cities across the Grand Harbour from Valletta known as the Three Cities of Malta. It is to be said that the Maltese living in the area still call the cities Birgu, L’Isla and Bormla respectively. In the 17 th century the Order of St John decided to protect these cities by building two lines of defence known as the Cottonera lines and the Margarita Lines. Under the British the three cities were a hive of activity as the Grand Harbour became the home of the Royal Navy.
Cospicua boasts of a baroque parish church, built in the 1637 and refurbished later, dedicated to the Immaculate Conception. Originally known as Bormla, Cospicua was given its impressive name by Grand Master Marc Antonio Zondadari in early 18th Century.
With the development that has taken place in the last decades, the three cities are now attracting Maltese and visitors alike who are buying property and converting it to state of the art homes.