Dating from the early 19th century, 197 High Street is a substantial, B listed, three storey building of stone construction with a slate roof and four slate-hung dormer windows. Outline Planning Consent has been obtained to form four apartments on the first and second floors. This would bring the number of apartments in the building to six.
A particularly appealing feature for this proposed conversion is the vehicle access from Hill Street at the rear where there is parking and a drying green, which could all be used for the benefit of the apartments.
From the pedestrian section of the High Street there is a private entrance to a hallway with the stairway to the upper floors. This hallway carries through to the rear door which gives access to the drying green and private parking. Communal stairwell is stone construction to the second floor and is concrete to the third floor. Each floor has a mid-landing with a window.
The principal rooms on the first and second floors include many period features such as high ceilings with ornate ceiling cornicing, panel doors, window shutters, fireplaces and attractive wainscoted panelling on the walls.
Most recently the property has been used as office accommodation over the first and second floors. The third floor already has residential status currently as two residential apartments. Most of the kitchen and bathroom fittings and fixtures on the third floor have now been removed.
The property is category B listed and Listed Building Consent, together with Change of Use Permission were obtained on 31st May 2018 (Fife Council Ref No 18/00878/LBC) and 8th June 2018 (Fife Council Ref No 18/00877/FULL). The proposal is a change of use from office accommodation to form four flatted dwellings.
Kirkcaldy, known as the Lang Toun, the popular Fife town is very well located for commuting. There are a range of services and amenities including several large supermarkets, shops, banks, health centres, restaurants, pubs and hospital. Kirkcaldy Farmers Market is a regular event selling high quality Scottish produce.
Glenrothes and Dunfermline are both close by, with St Andrews, Perth, Dundee and Edinburgh all within comfortable driving distance. From Kirkcaldy there is easy access to the villages of Fifes East Neuk such as Crail, Anstruther, Pittenweem and Elie. The countryside and coastline in the area offer considerable scope for the outdoor enthusiast with walking, riding, cycling, sailing, shooting and fishing all readily available.
Fife is best known for golf with many highly rated courses in a comparatively small area including the Old Course at St. Andrews which plays regular host to the Open Championship, and courses at Ladybank, Lundin Links and Crail.
Accessibility is excellent with the centre of Edinburgh only 30 miles away. There is a main line railway station in Kirkcaldy and Edinburgh Airport is about 28 miles away. Primary and secondary schooling is available locally with independent schooling available at St. Leonards in St. Andrews and the High School of Dundee, along with several highly rated schools in Perth and Edinburgh.